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Partners In Crime (BBC-1 2015, Jessica Raine, David Walliams)

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Period crime drama series Partners In Crime was an updated to the 1950’s big budget BBC take on Agatha Christie’s 1920’s married couple sleuths Tommy and Tuppence Beresford (previously filmed by ITV with Francesca Annis and David Warwick in the leads in an excellent 1983 series).

Based on the novels The Secret Adversary and N or M the series follows the married couple as they discover mystery and intrigue in a world that is still recovering from the ravages of the second world war and where a new Cold War means that spies lurk around every corner.

Guest stars included the always excellent Roy Marsden, Alice Krige and Ed Speleers. Sadly, in our opinion, Partners In Crime was completely hamstrung by the playing of the two leads. Walliams and Raine simply did not gel and were an extremely unlikely couple who never gained the audience sympathy.

Partners In Crime

Jessica Raine as Tuppence and David Walliams as Tommy. Mismatched casting that ending up irritating.

production details
UK / BBC-1 – Endor – Acorn Productions / 6×60 minute episodes / Broadcast 26 July – 30 August 2015

Writers: Zinnie Harris (Episodes 1-3), Claire Wilson (episodes 4-6) / Producer: Georgina Lowe / Executive Producers: Hilary Bevan Jones, David Walliams, Hilary Strong, Matthew Prichard / Director: Edward Hall

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David Walliams as Tommy
Jessica Raine as Tuppence
James Fleet as Major Anthony Carter
Matthew Steer as Albert Pemberton

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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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