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King and Castle (ITV 1986, Derek Martin, Nigel Planer)

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In King and Castle Detective Sergeant Ronald King, definitely not averse to taking bribes finds he is being targeted by the police corruption squad. He decides to quit while he is behind and opens up a debt collecting agency. He partners with martial arts expert David Castle. Castle doesn’t like the shadier aspects of his new line of business but desperately needs the money to fight a custody battle with his ex-girlfriend. Castle also works part time for a “genealogical investigation” firm who specialise in tracking down will beneficiaries.

Another excellent Ian Kennedy Martin series with strong scripts well to the fore (King and Castle took on a variety of cases that ran from a bitter divorce dispute to tracking down a missing floppy disc). Nigel Planer, who played Castle, also contributed a couple of scripts (in collaboration with Andy De La Tour) to the second season. Planer also sang the closing theme tune. Guest stars included the likes of Kenneth Cope, Isla Blair, Jerome Willis, Terence Rigby and Philip Madoc.

There was quite a gap between the first and second seasons and there was a few changes too most notably in the change of theme tunes – out went the Thatcher’s Britain punkish lament by Planer and in came a dixieland style jazz theme that didn’t fit at all. Also if you had never seen the show before the opening titles might lead you to think you were watching a comedy. Castle’s moped which was confined to a rubbish skip at the end of season one was now back.

The series grew out of an episode of pilot anthology series Storyboard broadcast 20 August 1985.

THE EPISODES
PILOT
Storyboard (20 Aug 1985)

SEASON ONE 3 September – 8 October 1986
1. Exodus
2. Villains
3. Partners
4. Friends
5. Romance
6. Rivals

SEASON TWO 10 May – 14 June 1988
1. Kicks
2. Dim Sums
3. Hams
4. Floppy Disc
5. Class
6. Cons

production details
UK / ITV – Thames / 13×60 minute episodes / Broadcast 20 August 1985 – 14 June 1988

Creator: Ian Kennedy Martin / Producers: Peter Duguid, Chris Burt

cast
DEREK MARTIN as Ronald King
NIGEL PLANER as David Castle
LAURA DAVENPORT as Deirdre Aitken
ANDREW CRUICKSHANK as Mr Hodinett
MARY HEALEY as Miss Wilmott
ROWENA ROBERTS as Hilary

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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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