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Partners In Crime (ITV 1983, James Warwick, Francesca Annis)

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Period crime drama series Partners In Crime was set in the 1920’s and followed young married couple Tommy and Tuppence Beresford who set up in business as private detectives tackling everything from murder to the theft of priceless jewelry.

There had been Agatha Christie productions on TV before of course, going right back to the 1930’s (and not to mention the hugely successful 1960’s and 1970’s cinema outings for Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot) but Partners In Crime, made for the ITV Network, was really one of the first times a full series had been made.

In The Secret Adversary (made as a feature length try out) Tommy Beresford (Warwick) and Tuppence Cowley (Annis) meet up just after the end of World War One and find themselves caught up in a British secret service mission in which they have to track down a highly top secret document that was taken off the Lusitania just prior to its sinking.

After the lavishness of The Secret Adversary the series settles down into a more studio bound ten part series. Warwick and Annis are nicely personable leads too and the 1920’s high society settings adds greatly to its charm.

It’s fair to say that the characters, who not as well known as Marple or Poirot, provide a nice counterpoint to their stories. Partners In Crime was more Edgar Wallace in tone than anything with secret crime gangs and the like well to the fore.

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Guest stars included the likes of Peter Barkworth, Honor Blackman, Alec McCowen and Donald Houston (all The Secret Adversary) as well as Dulcie Gray, Graham Crowden, Lynsey Baxter, Denis Lill, Anne Stallybrass and Christopher Scoular.

2015 saw the arrival of a high profile 6 part BBC series starring David Walliams and Jessica Raine that updated the action to the 1950’s.

production details
UK / ITV – London Weekend Television 1×120 minute episode 10×60 minute episodes / Broadcast 9 October 1983 – 14 January 1984

Producer: Jack Williams / Stories: Agatha Christie

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JAMES WARWICK as Tommy Beresford
FRANCESCA ANNIS as Tuppence Beresford
REECE DINSDALE as Albert

EPISODES
1. THE SECRET ADVERSARY (9 Oct 1983)
2. THE AFFAIR OF THE PINK PEARL (16 Oct 1983)
3. THE HOUSE OF LURKING DEATH (23 Oct 1983)
4. THE SUNNINGDALE MYSTERY (30 Oct 1983)
5. THE CLERGYMAN’S DAUGHTER (6 Nov 1983)
6. FINESSING THE KING (27 Nov 1983)
7. THE AMBASSADOR’S BOOTS (4 Dec 1983)
8. THE MAN IN THE MIST (11 Dec 1983)
9. THE UNBREAKABLE ALIBI (18 Dec 1983)
10. THE CASE OF THE MISSING LADY (1 Jan 1984)
11. THE CRACKLER (14 Jan 1984)

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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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