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Movin’ On (NBC 1974-1975, Claude Akins, Frank Converse)

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Filmed on location in a different part of the country each week, Movin’ On revolved around Sonny and Will – two truck drivers who came from very different backgrounds.

Sonny was a big, burly veteran truck driver, owner of the giant rig they drove and was known to settle most of his scores with his fists. Will was younger, a law school graduate who had turned to trucking as a means of “finding” himself. His legal training and quick mind often prevented arguments from turning into all-out brawls. Together they traveled back and forth across the country in search of freight to haul, finding adventures in the process.

During the second season, another pair of truckers – Moose and Benjy, were added to the cast. Less than ethical, they were two of the most mobile con men ever seen on TV!

One of the shows’ biggest fans was President Gerald Ford. Once, when Movin’ On was filming in Atlanta, Georgia, Claude Akins happened to be staying at the same hotel as President Ford. He was approached in the dining room by a secret service agent and invited to the President’s suite. He and Ford talked about the show for an hour. “Now,” Ford said, “I can tell Betty I know more about Movin’ On than she does!”

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USA / NBC – D’Antoni-Weltz / 44×50 minute episodes / Broadcast September 12, 1974 – September 14, 1976

Producer: Joe Gantman / Music: Don Ellis / Theme Vocal: Movin’ On by Merle Haggard

cast
Claude Akins as Sonny Pruett
Frank Converse as Will Chandler
Janis Hansen as Myrna
Ann Coleman as Betty
Rosey Grier as Benjy
Art Metrano as Moose

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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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