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Hi-de-Hi! (BBC-1 1981-1988, Paul Shane, Ruth Madoc)

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Period sitcom Hi-De-Hi! told stories of the staff at Maplin’s holiday camp in the late fifties and early sixties, especially comedians Ted and Spike, hungry for love Gladys Pugh, chalet maid and would be yellow coat Peggy and the put upon entertainments officer Jeffrey Fairbrother (later replaced by Clive Dempster).

Jeffrey had given up his job teaching at university to take on the role but very quickly realised he was out of his depth. He spent most of his time trying to avoid the attention of Gladys Pugh.

Other regulars included childrens’ entertainer Mr Partridge, ex-jockey Fred Quilly and dancing instructors Yvonne and Barry Stuart-Hargreaves.

The show was another slice of vintage comedy from Jimmy Perry and David Croft of Dad’s Army fame and was very popular throughout it’s run. Perry himself had been a Butlin’s redcoat. The title refers to the hearty radio call out that was given each morning, the campers were supposed to respond with an equally hearty Ho-De-Ho but they seldom managed more than a weary attempt.

There was a 40 minute pilot broadcast in 1 January 1980 and early episodes were title Hi De Hi without the hyphens.

There was a Hi-De-Hi The Holiday Musical stage show that ran for summer seasons in Bournemouth in 1983 and Blackpool in 1984.

Hi-De-Hi!

Paul Shane and Jeffrey Holland as comedians Ted and Spike.

production details
UK / BBC One / 53×30 minute episodes 1×40 minute episodes 3×45 minute episodes 1×60 minute episodes / Broadcast 26 December 1981 – 30 January 1988

Writers: Jimmy Perry, David Croft / Theme sung by Paul Shane / Producers: David Croft, John Kilby, Mike Stephens

cast
Simon Cadell as Jeffrey Fairbrother (series 1-4)
David Griffin as Sqdn-Ldr Clive Dempster DFC (series 5-8)
Paul Shane as Ted Bovis
Ruth Madoc as Gladys Pugh
Jeffrey Holland as Spike Dixon
Su Pollard as Peggy
Felix Bowness as Fred Quilly
Diane Holland as Yvonne Stuart-Hargreaves
Barry Howard as Barry Stuart-Hargreaves (series 1-6)
Ben Aris as Julian Dalrymple-Sykes (series 6 onwards)
Leslie Dwyer as Mr Partridge (series 1-5)
Nikki Kelly as Sylvia
Rikki Howard as Betty
Chris Andrews as Yellowcoat Boys
The Webb Twins as Yellowcoat Boys
Penny Irving as Mary (series 1)
Linda Regan as April (series 5-8)
Laura Jackson as Dawn (series 5-8)
Julie-Christian Young as Babs (series 5-8)
Susan Beagley as Tracey (series 3 & 4)
Johnny Allan as Charlie Dawson (series 4)
Kenneth Connor as Sammy (series 7 & 8)
Ewan Hooper as Alec Foster (series 7)

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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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