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Harper Valley P.T.A (NBC 1981-1982, Barbara Eden)

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Harper Valley P.T.A was a sitcom starring Barbara Eden as Stella Johnson a widow with a 13 year old daughter, Dee. The pair lived in Harper Valley, Ohio, a Stepford Wives kind of a place, sweet on the surface but with a sleazy undercurrent.

Stella was a very pro-active member of the school P.T.A. board a fact which obviously gave the show it’s title. The rest of the board thought Stella was far too radical for them and were determined to be rid of her.

Leader of the PTA was the highly snooty Flora Simpson Reilly who hated Stella with a passion. Reilly and her family played a big part in the series.

For season two there several changes (most notably the shortening of the title to simply Harper Valley) with the PTA side of things taking a back seat and the setting becoming more a traditional suburban one. Stella’s inventor Uncle Buster moved in with her and Dee for this season.

The show was actually based on the hit record of 1968 Harper Valley PTA by Jeannie C. Riley which in turn led to the 1978 film of the same name which also starred Barbara Eden as Stella.

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USA / NBC / 36×30 minute episodes / Broadcast 16 January 1981 – Saturday 14 August 1982

Theme Music: Harper Valley P.T.A. by Tom T. Hall

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BARBARA EDEN as Stella Johnson
JEAN THOMPSON as Dee Johnson
ANNE FRANCINE as Flora Simpson Reilley
FANNIE FLAGG as Cassie Bowman
GEORGE GOBEL as Mayor Otis Harper Jr
BRIDGET HANLEY as Wanda Reilly Taylor
SUZI DEAN as Scarlett Taylor
ROD McCARY as Bobby Taylor
CHRISTOPHER STONE as Tom Meechum
GARY ALLEN as Norman Clayton (1981)
MARI GORMAN as Vivian Washburn (1981)
EDIE McCLURG as Willamae Jones (1981)
ROBERT GRAY as Cliff Willoughby (1981)
VIC DUNLOP as George Kelly (1981)
KEVIN SCANNELL as Coach Burt Powell (1981)
MILLS WATSON as Winslow Homer (Uncle Buster) Smith (1981-82)

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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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