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Peter Gunn (NBC 1958-1961 with Craig Stevens and Lola Albright)

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USA / NBC – ABC – Spartan / 114×30 minute episodes / Broadcast 2 September 1958 – 21 September 1961 black and white

Creator and Producer: Blake Edwards / Music: Henry Mancini

Crime drama series. Cases of jazz loving Los Angeles private Detective Peter Gunn. Gunn’s office was 351 Ellis Park Road.

Gunn was something of a gentlemen but knew how to use his fists if he needed to and often hung out at “Mothers” nightclub, mainly because he had a bit of a thing going with resident singer Edie Hart (later during the run of the series Edie bought the hotel from Mother and changed the name to Edie’s). The other major character was Lt Jacoby, Gunn’s contact at the police department.

Quite an important series, Gunn is usually credited with being the first US private detective directly created for television rather than coming from movies, radio or books. Also the series switched from NBC to ABC midway through it’s run – again somewhat unusual at the time. It made it’s ABC debut on 3 October 1960.

There was a big screen outing in 1967 called Gunn which also starred Craig Stevens and in 1988 Peter Strauss tried to revive the series in a failed pilot.

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Craig Stevens as Peter Gunn
Lola Albright as Edie Hart
Herschel Bernardi as Lt. Jacoby
Hope Emerson as Mother
Minerva Urecal as Mother replaced Hope Emerson
Billy Barty as Babby
Morris Erby as Sgt. Lee Davis
James Lanphier as Leslie
Herb Ellis as Wilbur
Peter Mamakos as Lieutenant Vasquez
Joseph Kearns as Mr. Bartell
Bill Chadney as Emmett

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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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