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High Street Blues (ITV 1989, Phil McCall, Ron Pember)

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Sitcom High Street Blues followed a quartet of high street shop owners in the town of Hatford who were fighting to prevent their shops being bought out by the hypermarket Waverley’s chain.

Charlie McFee owned the cobblers, which he runs with the help of his assistant Bob Farthing; The wool shop is run by Mavis Drinkwater and her niece Susan. There was a florist run by Rita and Paula Franks and a junk shop run by Chesney Black. In fact Charlie was keen on the idea of selling to Waverley’s.

Co-Written by comedy legend Jimmy Perry and producer Robin Carr High Street Blues will no go down as one of his best efforts. The overall feel was on the cheap side and playing was too broad. The series only ran for the one season of six episodes.

production details
UK / ITV – London Weekend Television / 6×25 minute episodes / Broadcast 6 January – 10 February 1989 Fridays at 7.00pm

Writers: Jimmy Perry, Robin Carr / Executive Producer: Marcus Plantin / Producer and Director: Robin Carr

cast
Phil McCall as Charlie McFee
Ron Pember as Chesney Black
Elizabeth Stewart as Mavis Drinkwater
Valerie Walsh as Rita Franks
Chris Pitt as Bob Farthing
Victoria Hasted as Susan Drinkwater
Eve Bland as Sheila
Georgia Mitchell as Paula Franks
Johnny Shannon as Sharpe
Martin Turner as Valentine
Shirley Dixon as The Managing Director (voice only)

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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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