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Heat of the Sun (ITV 1998, Trevor Eve, Susannah Harker)

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In the excellent but short lived Heat of the Sun it is the 1930’s and Supertintendent Albert Tyburn of Scotland Yard crosses the line once too often and rather than be forced out of the force all together he is sent out to Kenya in Nairobi to head up a new criminal investigation unit. He soon finds that the gin drinking ex-pats are none too keen to have him around but he finds that murder and mystery are never far away.

His cases include murder and kidnap but he constantly finds himself brushing up against his boss Commissioner Ronald Burkitt who cares more about what people think and keeping the British upper lip very stiff than with getting results.

A typically top notch performance from Trevor Eve, fabulous production values and strong writing make Heat of the Sun very watchablee indeed. It’s a bit forgotten these days running as it did for just three episodes but it was high calibre stuff and guest stars included the likes of Tim Woodward, Hugh Bonneville, Diana Quick, Cathryn Harrison, Joss Ackland and Geoffrey Bayldon.

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UK / ITV Network – Carlton

RUNNING TIME: 120 Minutes | NUMBER OF EPISODES: 3 | AIRDATES: 28 January – 11 February 1998 Wednesdays @ 8.00pm

PRODUCER: Ann Tricklebank | MUSIC: Nick Bicat | EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Ted Childs

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TREVOR EVE as Superintendent Albert Tyburn
SUSANNAH HARKER as Emma Fitzgerald
MICHAEL BYRNE as Commissioner Ronald Burkitt
FREDDIE ANNOBIL-DODOO as P.C. Jonah Karinde
JULIAN RHIND-TUTT as as Assistant Superintendent James Valentine
DAVID HOROVITCH as Dr Emil Mueller

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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

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

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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

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

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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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