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Hugh And I (BBC-1 1962-1968, Terry Scott, Hugh Lloyd)

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Sitcom Hugh And I detailed the misadventures of two friends who were desperate to improve their lot. Terry Scott is a youngish bachelor who still lives at home with his mother (33 Lobelia Avenue, Tooting). He’s a bit of a dreamer who comes up with one grand “get rich quick” scheme after another, causing endless problems for himself and his friend, Hugh Lloyd.

By the time of the sixth season both Terry and Hugh were growing tired of the formula and only agreed to make further episodes if the format could be shaken up. The six series abandoned most of the regular cast from the previous series and after Hugh won £5,000 on the pools the duo embarked on a round the world cruise.

Season 7 was called Hugh and I Spy to cash in on the then craze for all things spy. (I Spy/James Bond/Man From Uncle etc).

There were also two short specials broadcast as part of Christmas Night With The Stars. One broadcast 25 Dec 1963 and a second broadcast 25 Dec 1964.

Sadly most of the episodes of the series fell foul of the BBC’s wiping/junking policy of the early 1970’s.

Hugh and I

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UK / BBC / 77×25/30 minute episodes and 2×10 minute episodes / Broadcast 17 July 1962 – 26 February 1968

Writer: John Chapman / Producers: David Croft, Duncan Wood (season 6 only)

cast
Terry Scott as Terry Scott
Hugh Lloyd as Hugh Lloyd
Vi Stevens as Mrs Scott (series 1-5)
Wallas Eaton as Mr Crispin (series 1-5)
Mollie Sugden as Mrs Crispin (series 1-5)
Cyril Smith as Arthur Wormold (series 1)
Jack Haig as Arthur Wormold (series 2-5)
Patricia Hayes as Mrs Wormold (series 1-5)

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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

cast
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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