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Man At The Top: All Very Hush, Hush (ITV 24 July 1972)

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In All Very Hush, Hush Joe is struggling to find a job in the executive field and ends up being forced to take a job as a salesman for a chocolate company before telling them where to stick it in best Lampton style, a chance meeting with property tycoon Sir George Hudson could give him just the break he needs though. Meanwhile on the personal front Susan has finally returned home but her parents are keen to point out to Joe what they expect of him!

It’s quite unusual to see Joe totally on his uppers, even having to resort to selling his car (1971 BMW) for half of what it’s worth but it does lead to a fab showdown with his father in law Abe. Robert Beatty is chief guest star but what out for Derek Benfield who later this year would go to play the long running role of Bill Riley in The Brothers. Other familiar faces includes Barry Jackson (who is best known these days for playing pathologist Bullard on Midsomer Murders) and Judy Loe who was making one of her first TV appearances since leaving the classic kids show Ace of Wands.

classic quote
Abe: Your trouble is you’re a stranger to the truth
Joe: Your trouble is you’re a stranger to the human race

production details
UK | ITV Network – Thames

RUNNING TIME: 60 minutes | AIRDATE: 24 July 1972

WRITERS: Tom Brennand, Roy Bottomley | DIRECTOR: Mike Vardy

Series: Man At The Top / Season Two Episode Eight

cast
KENNETH HAIGH as Joe Lampton
ZENA WALKER as Susan
PAUL HARDWICK as Abe Brown
AVICE LANDON as Mrs Brown
SANDRA PAYNE as Janet Adams
ROBERT BEATTY as Sir George Hudson
BARRY JACKSON as Ron Dickinson
JUDY LOE as Sheri Lomax
DEREK BENFIELD as Mr Cunliffe
ELLIS DALE as Shopkeeper
JOE RITCHIE as Customer
ROGER ROWLAND as Chauffeur
JOHN BOXER as Chairman

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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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