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Mackenzies of Paradise Cove, The (ABC 1979, Clu Galager, Keith Mitchell)

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Entertaining but short lived action adventure series The Mackenzies of Paradise Cove saw getting on in years Cuda Weber taking in a group of kids whose parents had been killed in an accident and raising them as his own.

Cuda lived in Hawaii and ran his own small scale fishing boat charter outfit from his boat The Viking. He posed as the kids Uncle so that the authorities didn’t take them into care and the kids ranged from seven year Timothy, to 17 year old twins Kevin and Bridget and in between there was Michael and Celia. Cuda’s best friend was Big Ben Kalikini and he and his family also played a big part in proceedings.

The Mackenzies is actually quite a well remembered show despite only running for three episodes. There was also a feature length pilot called Stickin’ Together which aired on April 14, 1978. Kevin was played by Sean Roche in the pilot and the show was actually going to be called Wonderland Cove.

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USA / ABC / 1×90 minute episode and 3×60 minute episodes / Broadcast 27 March – 11 April 1979

Creators and Executive Producers: William Blinn, Jerry Thorpe / Music: Fred Werner, John Rubinstein

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CLU GULAGER as Cuda Weber
KEITH MITCHELL as Timothy Mackenzie
LORY WALSH as Bridget Mackenzie
SEAN MARSHALL as Michael Mackenzie
RANDI KIGER as Celia Mackenzie
MOE KEALE as Big Ben Kalikini
SEAN TYLER HALL as Little Ben Kalikini
LEINAALA HEINE as Mrs Kalikini
HARRY CHANG as Barney

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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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