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Hanged Man, The (ITV 1975, Colin Blakely, Michael Williams)

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Well remembered crime drama series The Hanged Man focused on tycoon Lew Burnett who, after receiving some death threats, decides to fake his own death so that he can go undercover and find out just what is going on. Of course in so doing he also manages to find out more than a little about himself in the process.

Alan Crowe was initially the mercenary who believed that Burnett was one of the bad guys but he was very quickly won over and proved to be Burnett’s main ally in “staying dead”. Along the way Burnett travels from Switzerland to Scotland and also manages to find himself implicated in a murder before managing to put things to rights in the final episode.

Prominent guest stars popping up included the likes of Jenny Hanley, Jan Francis, Gareth Hunt and Jane Seymour who played Burnett’s daughter Laura.

The highly funky theme tune composed by Alan Tew would later be used (with a slight variation) for the Charley Farley and Piggy Malone stories in The Two Ronnies.

Two of the minor characters in the series Turtle and Razor Eddie would get their own spin off series four years later in the shape of Turtle’s Progress. 1975 was a busy one for series creator Edmund Ward he was also busy with the final season of excellent John Stride starring drama The Main Chance.

Hanged Man ITV 1975

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UK / ITV Network – Yorkshire Television

RUNNING TIME: 60 Minutes | NUMBER OF EPISODES: 8 | AIRDATES: 15 February – 5 April 1975

WRITER: Edmund Ward | PRODUCERS: Marc Miller, Edmund Ward

cast
COLIN BLAKELY as Lew Burnett
GARY WATSON as John Quentin
MICHAEL WILLIAMS as Alan Crowe
JENNY HANLEY as Druscilla Lowendes
WILLIAM RUSSELL as Peter Kroger
JANE SEYMOUR as Laura Burnett
JAN FRANCIS as Captain Jane Ashley
FREDERICK JAEGER as Hans Dieter
GARETH HUNT as Eddie Malone
RAY SMITH as Josef Milojek
JACK WATSON as Douglas McKinnon
BARBARA SHELLEY as Louisa Galbraith

THE EPISODES
1. WHEEL OF FORTUNE
2. TOWER OF DESTRUCTION
3. KNAVE OF COINS
4. CHARIOT OF EARTH
5. THE BRIDGE MAKER
6. GRAIL AND PLATTER
7. LAWS OF FORTUNE
8. RING OF RETURN

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Ape And Essence (The Wednesday Play BBC-1 1966, Alec McCowen)

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In Scifi drama Ape and Essence, based on the novel by Aldous Huxley, a group of New Zealand scientists conduct a survey on a Britain ravaged by atomic war 80 years previously.

Series: The Wednesday Play Season 2 Episode 29

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Alec McCowen as Alfred Poole
Robert Eddison as Arch Vicar
Derek Sydney as Chief
Jenny Lee as Flossie
Yvonne Antrobus as Young Girl
Sydney Bromley as Craigie
Martin Carroll as Director of Food
Hazel Douglas as Mies Hook
John Falconer as Patriarch
Petra Markham as Loola
Ken Parry as Science Praet
Amanda Reiss as Polly
Jonathan Scott as Int. Priest
Fiona Fraser as Part of Crowd
Ann Mitchell as Shaven-Head
Jacki Salt as Mulatto Girl
Carol Blake as Shaven-Head
Gordon Craig as Part of Crowd
Robert Cude as First Man

crew details
Writer: John Finch
Book: Aldous Huxley
Music: BBC Radiophonic Workshop
Producer: Peter Luke
Director: David Benedictus.

production details
Country: UK
Network and Production Companies: BBC One
Duration: 1×75 minute episode
Aired From: 18 May 1966

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Plane Makers, The (ITV 1963-1965, Patrick Wymark, Barbara Murray)

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Plane Makers Patrick Wymark

Drama series The Plane Makers took us behind the scenes in the boardroom and shop floor of the Scott Furlong Aircraft Factory. After two seasons the lead character John Wilder took a place on the board of a merchant bank and the series was then renamed The Power Game.

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Patrick Wymark as John Wilder
Jack Watling as Don Henderson
Barbara Murray as Pamela Wilder (Seasons 1-2)
Ann Firbank as Pamela Wilder (Season 3)
Reginald Marsh as Arthur Sugden
Alan Dobie as David Corbett

crew details
Creator: Wilfred Greatorex
Producers: Rex Firkin (seasons 1-2), David Reid (season 3)

production details
Country: UK
Network: ITV – ATV
Duration: 57×50 minute episodes
Aired From: 4 February 1963 – 12 January 1965 black and white

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Running Wild (ITV 1987, Ray Brooks, Janet Key)

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Sitcom Running Wild was about the ups and downs of separated couple, Max and Babs, trying to get on with their lives. In season two Max wants to return to his wife but Babs is not so keen.

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Ray Brooks as Max Wild
Janet Key as Babs Wild
Sharon Duce as Wanda
Michelle Collins as Stephanie Wild
Peter Amory as Rob
Berwick Kaler as Tom Coleman (Season 1)
Brigit Forsyth as Jenny (Season 2)

crew details
Writer: Philip Trewinnard
Producers: Marcus Plantin (Season 1), Derrick Goodwin (Season 2)
Directors: Vic Finch (Season 1), Derrick Goodwin (Season 2)

production details
Country: UK
Network and Production Companies: ITV – London Weekend Television
Duration: 13×25 minute episodes
Aired From: 6 March 1987 – 4 June 1989

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