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Mr Axelford’s Angel (ITV 1974, Julia Foster, Michael Bryant)

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Romantic comedy drama Mr Axelford’s Angel told the story of the wealthy but somewhat reclusive and self absorbed businessman Boris J Axelford who having just lost his secretary, (who walked out because, as she said “you still don’t know my first name. You’re totally disinterested. No humour, no warmth,”) had his life turned upside by the arrival of new temp Angel. Within 24 hours of meeting Angel he has proposed marriage – she turns him down of course but over the course of a week gets to know him somewhat better.

This light hearted piece was a major hit both in the UK and in the US (where it won an Emmy), it was also nominated for a couple of BAFTAS (one for Michael Bryant for Best Performance and one for Best Single Play – but losing out to Antony and Cleopatra). It actually starts quite shakily and with some over ambitious direction but it quickly finds its feet. A good hearted drama.

production details
UK / ITV Network – Yorkshire / 1×60 minute episode / Broadcast 5 June 1974

Writer: Peter Whitbread / Production Design: Roger Andrews / Executive Producer: Peter Willes / Director: John Frankau

Series: ITV Playhouse

cast
MICHAEL BRYANT as Boris J Axelford
JULIA FOSTER as Angel
LALLY BOWERS as Miss Ellis
ROBERT RAGLAN as Bob
KATY WILD as Elsie
DONALD SUMPTER as David
JACQUELINE STANBURY as Pinkie Watkins
MATTHEW GUINNESS as Harry
TARIQ YUNIS as Indian Waiter
SALLY DUCROW, RUTH SEGLOW as Girls at Table

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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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