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Little People, The / The Brian Keith Show (NBC 1972-1974, Brian Keith, Shelley Fabares)

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As a follow-up to his hit 60’s sitcom Family Affair, Brian Keith teamed up with Shelley Fabares to play father and daughter pediatricians in The Little People. Dr. Sean and Dr. Anne Jamison’s mission was to care for Hawaii’s ‘little people’ at the children’s clinic they ran on Oahu’and to enjoy all the exotic locales they could.

After one season of doing just that, the show’s premise changed somewhat, and the title along with it. The Little People became The Brian Keith Show, and new cast members made their way into the two Jamison doctors’ lives. The uptight allergist Dr. Chaffee now shared office space at the clinic, finding Sean’s ‘ber-casual way of conducting things more than a little disconcerting. Wealthy widow Mrs. Gruber, who played the owner of the clinic, was also introduced for extra dilemma potential.

In this show, Keith seemed to avail himself to looser, more visual comedy than he did on Family Affair. Clad always in bright Hawaiian shirts, he played the ukulele, tried his hand (well, his hips, actually) at hula dancing, and fed his parrot with chopsticks.

The Brian Keith Show was created by Garry Marshall, the writer/producer/director/actor responsible for shows like Happy Days and Laverne and Shirley, to name just two. And Keith himself served as a producer. His real-life wife, Victoria Young, played the wise-cracking Nurse Puni, who was often jealous (wink wink!) when her boss Dr. Jamison went on dates with the pretty local Hawaiian girls. Bobby Keith (the little son of Brian and Victoria) could also be seen in some episodes, making this show even more of a family affair than Keith’s last.

production details
USA / NBC – Warner Bros / x25 minute episodes / Broadcast 15 September 1972 – 30 September 1974

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Brian Keith as Dr. Sean Jamison
Shelley Fabares as Dr. Anne Jamison
Victoria Young as Nurse Puni
Michael Gray as Ronnie (1972-73)
Steven Hague as Alfred Landis (1972-73)
Sean Tyler Hall as Stewart
Roger Bowen as Dr. Austin Gruber (1973-74)
Nancy Kulp as Mrs. Gruber (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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