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Patty Duke Show, The (ABC 1963-1966, Patty Duke, William Schallert)

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One of the girls at 8 Remsen Drive liked Paul Anka records and bubble gum. The other girl, who looked just like the first, preferred the high arts. Identical cousins they were, both played by Patty Duke. At the age of seventeen, Duke was already an accomplished stage and screen actress, and the youngest person to ever have a show named after her.

The Lane family was a slice of good, typical Americana. Patriarch Martin Lane was a newspaperman with a wife, two kids, and a nice house in Brooklyn Heights suburbia. Into the mix came shy and elegant Cathy Lane, the prim Scottish daughter of Martin’s twin brother, who was overseas on business (he was a newspaperman too) and wanted his daughter to spend some quality time with a quality family. Cathy liked books and culture and was often flummoxed by the way things were done in the States. But she eventually acclimated to the American social climate—so much so, in fact, that she could occasionally assume the identity of her identical-looking but more precocious cousin.

The show brimmed with the requisite culture clash jokes, the girls’ many ‘switched identity’ escapades, and guest appearances from real-life singers like Sammy Davis Jr. and Bobby Vinton. But most importantly of all, there was all the expected but winning comedy of a 1960’s teenaged girl trying to grow up—in the midst of boys, slumber parties, a pesky little brother named Ross, and various and dire high school crises (though everything seemed a dire crisis in high school, didn’t it?).

Duke had been groomed and trained for acting stardom since early childhood, and audiences loved to watch her do her thing. When the likable girl who played Helen Keller in The Miracle Worker (and won an Oscar for it) played twins on an equally likable sitcom, you didn’t sweat the fact that you never saw the two girls’ faces onscreen at the same time, you just tuned in.

The Patty Duke Show

Theme song lyrics
“Meet Cathy, who’s lived most everywhere,
From Zanzibar to Barclay Square.
But Patty’s only seen the sights
A girl can see from Brooklyn Heights—
What a crazy pair!”

production details
USA / ABC – United Artists – Chrislaw / 104×25 minute episodes / Broadcast 18 September 1963 – 31 August 1966

Creator: Sidney Sheldon / Music: Sid Ramm, Harry Geller / Producer: William Asher

cast
Patty Duke as Patty Lane/Cathy Lane
William Schallert as Martin Lane
Jean Byron as Natalie Lane
Paul O’Keefe as Ross Lane
Eddie Applegate as Richard Harrison
John McGiver as J.R. Castle (1963-64)
Susan Melvin as Nicki Lee (1963-64)
Kitty Sullivan as Sue Ellen (1963-65)
Skip Hinnant as Ted (1963-65)
Alberta Grant as Maggie (1963-65)
Kelly Wood as Gloria (1964-65)
Ann Alford as Eileen (1965-66)
Robyn Miller as Roz (1965-66)

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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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