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Mayo aka The Gil Mayo Mysteries (BBC-1 2006, Alistair McGowan)

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Crime drama series Mayo  followed the cases of the pedantic Detective Inspector Gil Mayo and his team, one of who, newcomer Detective Sergeant Alex Jones is a former girlfriend of Mayos. The others on the team are DC Martin Kite and scene of crime expert Harriet “Anorak” Tate. The team work out of the Wistern Valley Police force and Mayo was a single parent with a wife who had disappeared some three years earlier.

With great opening titles, reminiscent of a late fifties Saul Bass/Hitchcock movie Mayo has the same kind of light hearted tone as Jonathan Creek. There is much flirting between Gil and Jones and the team actually have as their base a police pantechnicon with Gil’s penchant for recreating the crime scene using small scale models given plenty of prominence (even down to him buying miniature models from ebay).

Clever quote
“It’s not a bald spot, I’m just getting ever so slightly taller than my hair”.

production details
UK / BBC One (BBC Birmingham) / 8×60 minute episodes / Broadcast 12 March – 30 April 2006

Writer: Simon Booker / Script Editors: Catherine Moulton, Surian Fletcher-Jones / Additional Dialogue: Alistair McGowan / Books: Marjorie Eccles / Costume Design: Clarissa Bromelle / Production Design: Jacqueline Smith / Music: Joby Talbot / Titles: Peter Anderson / Executive Producers: Sally Haynes, Will Trotter / Director: Metin Huseyin / Producer: Rebecca Hedderly

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ALISTAIR McGOWAN as DI Gil Mayo
JESSICA OYELOWO as DS Alex Jones
LOU BREALEY as Anorak
HUW RHYS as Martin Kite
LUCY EVANS as Julie Mayo

THE EPISODES
1. EPISODE ONE
2. EPISODE TWO
3. EPISODE THREE
4. EPISODE FOUR

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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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