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Her Majesty’s Pleasure (ITV 1968-1969, Ken Jones, John Sharp)

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Sitcom Her Majesty’s Pleasure detailed the exploits of a group of prison officers and the convicts they guard.

Prison Officer Mills was the fairly easy-going warder who believed in giving prisoners the beefit of the doubt whenever possible. Meanwhile Prison Officer Clissit is the exact opposite. He fancies himself as a “hard” man and believes that inmates are in prison to be punished. He basically lives to give the prisoners as hard a time as possible.

Initially the series concerned itself with the activities of the prison soccer team but the series very quickly widened out to take in the other aspects of prison life.

Her Majesty’s Pleasure was actually the first British sitcom set in prison. Ken Jones, who played Prison Officer Mills in this series, found himself as an inmate in Porridge playing the sneaky Ives.

production details
UK / ITV – Granada / 13×25 minute episodes / Broadcast 25 September 1968 – 27 March 1969

Creator: Leslie Duxbury / Writers: Leslie Duxbury, John Stevenson / Producer: Peter Eckerley

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Ken Jones as Prison Officer Leslie Mills
John Sharp as Prison Officer Arnold Clissitt
John Normington as Mushy Williams
John Nettleton as Pongo Little
Joe Gladwin as Sesame Ingram
Kate Brown as Freda Little
Tommy Mann as Grizzly Bear Ryan
Wensley Pithey as Governor (series 1)
Michael Barrington as Governor (series 2)

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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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