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Lassie (CBS 1954-1974 with Tommy Rettig and Jan Clayton)

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UK / CBS / X 90 minute episodes / September 12, 1954 – fall 1974

Family drama series. Unflappable and incredibly loyal and brave female collie dog Lassie who despite several changes in master always managed to be the hero of the hour.

The show was long running and underwent many cast and plot changes, initially Lassie belonged to Jeff Miller but in 1957 his mother sold the farm following the death of his grandfather (actor George Cleveland having died in real life) and the Martin family became the new owners of Lassie, in 1964 the Martin’s decided to emigrate to Australia leaving Lassie behind of course, elderly Cully Wilson looked after him for a while but following his death Lassie was taken in by ranger Corey Stuart, later in 1968 two new rangers were brought in but the producers were moving Lassie into more of an independent streak and by 1971 she was without a human companion at all.

In fact 1971 was a major year for Lassie as in a seven episode arc she fell in love with a male dog and gave birth to a litter of puppies. The show finished on CBS 12 September 1971 but continued in Syndication for a further three years and towards the end of the shows run Lassie again found herself with a human family, living on the Holden ranch in Solvang, California.

There was also an animated version called Lassie’s Rescue Rangers as well as a 1980’s revival called The New Lassie. The series of course was based on the novel by Eric Knight which in turn gave us the legendary MGM movie Lassie Come Home which starred Elizabeth Taylor and Roddy McDowell.

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TOMMY RETTIG as Jeff Miller (1954-57)
JAN CLAYTON as Ellen Miller (1954-57)
GEORGE CLEVELAND as “Gramps” Miller (1954-57)
DONALD KEELER as Sylvester “Porky” Brockway (1954-57)
PAUL MAXEY as Matt Brockway (1954-57)
JON PROVOST as Timmy (1957-64)
ARTHUR SPACE as Doc Weaver (1954-64)
CLORIS LEACHMAN as Ruth Martin (1957-58)
JON SHEPODD as Paul Martin (1957-58)
GEORGE CHANDLER as Uncle Petrie Martin (1958-59)
JUNE LOCKHART as Ruth Martin (1958- 64)
HUGH REILLY as Paul Martin (1958- 64)
TODD FERRELL as Boomer Bates (1958- 59)
ANDY CLYDE as Cully Wilson (1958- 64)
ROBERT BRAY as Corey Stuart (1964-69)
JED ALLAN as Scott Turner (1968-70)
JACK DE MAVE as Bob Erickson (1968-70)
RON HAYES as Garth Holden (1972-73)
SKIP BURTON as Ron Holden (1972-74)
JOSHUA ALBEE as Mike Holden (1972-74)
LARRY WILCOX as Dale Mitchell (1972-74)
LARRY PENNELL as Keith Holden (1973-74)
PAMELYN FERDIN as Lucy Baker (1973-74)
SHERRY BOUCHER as Sue Lambert (1973-74)

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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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