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House Of Windsor, The (ITV 1994, Leslie Phillips, Warren Clarke)

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Sitcom The House of Windsor took us behind the scenes with the staff of Buckingham Palace. When the series begins the Royals have just appointed PR man Max Kelvin as their principal press officer. His rather coarse, abrasive style doesn’t go down well with the rest of the staff at at Buckingham Palace.

His chief antagonist is Lord Montague Bermondsey, the Lord Chamberlain, who believes that he has a duty to preserve “traditional values”.

The other staff are Caroline Finch, Sir Nicholas Foulsham, Lady Sharpcott, Giles Huntingdon, Danny Jackson, Ray Barker, Kate Hargreaves and Ambrose Stebbings.

Unlike The Windsors, none of the Royal Family are actually seen in the show.

production details
UK / ITV – Granada / 6×25 minute episodes / Broadcast 15 May – 26 June 1994 Sundays 10.30pm

Writers: Chris Fewtrell, Zeddy Lawrence, Mark Wadlow, Sally Wainwright, Russell T Davies, Luke Freeman / Producer: Anthony Wood / Executive Producer: Andy Harries / Director: Graeme Harper

cast
Leslie Phillips as Lord Montague Bermondsey
Warren Clarke as Max Kelvin
Jeremy Sinden as Giles Huntingdon
Serena Gordon as Caroline Finch
Neil Stacy as Sir Nicholas Foulsham
Barry Howard as Danny Jackson
Margaret Courtenay as Lady Sharpcott
Sean Gallagher as Ray Barker
Louise Germaine as Kate Hargreaves
Preston Lockwood as Ambrose Stebbings

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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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