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Jason King (ITV 1971 With Peter Wyngarde, Dennis Price)

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Jason King was a crime drama series spin off from Department S. When Peter Wyngarde appeared as one of a trio of investigators in that very groovy ITC Series in 1968 his character, flamboyant novelist Jason King was intended to be the least used character of the three. Such was King’s impact that he quickly became the focus and Wyngarde an unlikely sex symbol with his dodgy facial hair and even dodgier clothes. When Department S ended it was inevitable that King would get his own series, which he did of course…

Jason King hit the screens in 1971 and the format saw King traveling the world looking for inspiration for his books. Along the way managing to get involved in adventure and damsel in distress saving.

ITC (The Incorporated Television Company) had been founded by the legendary TV mogul Lew Grade to make programmes for his ATV network and ITV but also with an eye on the American market. His action adventure series, of which Jason King is one, have become TV classics. All shot on film and with big name actors the formats all tended to be pretty interchangeable, stock scenes were used across the series. In fact footage of a white jaguar plummeting off the top of a cliff can be seen in pretty much every production.

Peter Wyngarde as Jason King

This is actually one of the things that makes the shows so attractive. They have a cohesiveness that means you know exactly what you are getting. Back lots made to look like European locales, rear projection driving scenes, up and coming names and a huge amount of brilliant fun.

Jason King the series runs to 26 episodes. It features such great British names as Ingrid Pitt, Alfred Marks, Dennis Price, John Le Mesurier, Yootha Joyce, Michele Dotrice, Kate O’Mara, Isla Blair, Felicity Kendal, Anton Rodgers and Madeline Smith.

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UK / ITV Network – ITC-Scoton / 26×60 minute episodes / Broadcast 1971

Creators: Dennis Spooner, Monty Berman / Music: Laurie Johnson / Titles: Chambers + Partners / Producer: Monty Berman

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PETER WYNGARDE as Jason King
ANN SHARP as Nicola Harvester
DENNIS PRICE as Sir Brian
RONALD LACEY as Ryland

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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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