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McMillan And Wife (NBC 1971-1977, Rock Hudson, Susan St James)

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Crime drama series McMillan And Wife was part of the NBC Mystery Movie series and detailed the often murderous cases of Commissioner Stewart McMillan who usually managed to get his wife Sally involved (although to be fair it was more often than not Sally who got McMillan involved).

This light-hearted and mostly fun series probably had its roots in the Nick and Nora Thin Man films of the 1930’s and 1940’s and featured much of the same banter between the leads that characterised those films. Also heavily involved in the series was Mac’s right hand man Sgt Charles Enright and their none too polite housekeeper Mildred.

The show was one of three debut Mystery Movie segments (along with McCloud and Columbo) and appeared on a rotating basis with them.

There were major changes for the final season which saw the shows title shortened to simply McMillan, this was necessitated by a number of factors including the fact that due to a contract dispute Susan Saint James didn’t appear (Sally was supposed to have died in an air crash) and also the fact that the character of Mildred had graduated to her own sitcom. A new housekeeper (Mildred’s sister Agatha was brought in to replace her). To help him on his cases in this season McMillan got two new helpers in the shape of Sgt DiMaggio and secretary Maggie.

Although Susan Saint James was handpicked for the role by Hudson the pair didn’t in fact get on off screen, especially as Saint James was nominated for an emmy for four years running.

McMillan And Wife

production details
USA / NBC – Universal – Talent Associates – Norton Simon / x90m-e / Broadcast Wednesday 29 September 1971 – Sunday 21 August 1977

Creator and Executive Producer: Leonard B. Stern / Executive Story Consultant: Robert Lewin / Producer: Paul Mason

cast
ROCK HUDSON as Commissioner Stewart McMillan
SUSAN SAINT JAMES as Sally McMillan (1971-76)
JOHN SCHUCK as Sgt Charles Enright
NANCY WALKER as Mildred (1971-76)
MARTHA RAYE as Agatha (1976-77)
RICHARD GILLILAND as Sgt Steve DiMaggio (1976-77)
GLORIA STROOCK as Maggie (1976-77)

EPISODES
PILOT 17 Sep 1971
ONCE UPON A DEAD MAN

SEASON ONE 29 September 1971 – 1 March 1972
1. MURDER BY THE BARREL
2. THE EASY SUNDAY MURDER CASE
3. HUSBANDS, WIVES AND KILLERS
4. DEATH IS A SEVEN POINT FAVORITE
5. THE FACE OF MURDER
6. TILL DEATH US DO PART
7. AN ELEMENTARY CASE OF MURDER

SEASON TWO 24 September 1972 – 1 April 1973
1. NIGHT OF THE WIZARD
2. BLUES FOR SALLY M.
3. COP OF THE YEAR
4. TERROR TIMES TWO
5. NO HEARTS, NO FLOWERS
6. THE FINE ART OF STAYING ALIVE
7. TWO DOLLARS ON TROUBLE TO WIN

SEASON THREE 30 September 1973 – 17 February 1974
1. DEATH OF A MONSTER… BIRTH OF A LEGEND
2. THE DEVIL YOU SAY
3. FREEFALL TO TERROR
4. THE MAN WITHOUT A FACE
5. REUNION IN TERROR
6. CROSS AND DOUBLE CROSS

SEASON FOUR 29 September 1974 – 16 February 1975
1. DOWNSHIFT TO DANGER
2. THE GAME OF SURVIVAL
3. BURIED ALIVE
4. GUILT BY ASSOCIATION
5. NIGHT TRAIN TO L.A.
6. LOVE, HONOR AND SWINDLE

McMillan And Wife

SEASON FIVE 28 September 1975 – 7 March 1976
1. DEADLY INHERITANCE
2. REQUIEM FOR A BRIDE
3. AFTERSHOCK
4. SECRETS FOR SALE
5. THE DEADLY CURE
6. GREED
7. POINT OF LAW

SEASON SIX 5 December 1976 – 24 April 1977
The series is now known as McMillan, internecine bickering has meant the departure of Susan St James. Mac is now a widow but not averse to dallying with a different woman every episode.
1. ALL BETS OFF
2. DARK SUNRISE
3. PHILIP’S GAME
4. COFFEE, TEA OR CYANIDE?
5. AFFAIR OF THE HEART
6. HAVE YOU HEAR ABOUT VANESSA?

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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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