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Place To Hide, A (ITV 1976, Hilary Crane, Arthur White)

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Family action adventure serial A Place To Hide focused on ex-illusionist Bruno Valenta who is now running an isolated guest house with his wife and two kids, little do they know that the three guest who have just arrived are on the run from the police and have £100,000 stolen from a bank on them.

production details
UK / ITV Network – ATV / 6×30 minute episodes / 4 January – 8 February 1976 / Sundays @ 4.50pm or 5.35pm

Writer: Roy Russell / Designer: Stanley Mills / Producer: Shaun O’Riordan

cast
Hilary Crane as Laura Valenta
Arthur White as Mr Smith
Terry Duggan as Bruno Valenta
Frances Tomelty as Ann Smith
Brian Capron as Derry Smith
June Page as Madeleine Valenta
David Nunn as Mark Valenta

THE EPISODES
1. THE HIDEOUT (Broadcast: Sunday 4 Jan 1976 @ 4:50pm)
Former magician Bruno Valenta is concerned by the arrival of three new guests at the remote guest he runs with his wife and two children, they definitely seem to be hiding something.

2. THE SECRET PLACE (Broadcast: Sunday 11 Jan 1976 @ 4:50pm)
The Smith’s, who are staying at the Valenta’s guest house, have £100,000 stolen in a bank raid, and they need to find a safe spot to bury their haul.

3. THE GIVEAWAY (Broadcast: Sunday 18 Jan 1976 @ 4:50pm)
Bruno is shocked when he learns Bill Smith has a gun but then Bruno’s son Mark goes one step further and uncover the disguises used by the Smith family in their robbery.

4. THE CONTACT (Broadcast: Sunday 25 Jan 1976 @ 4:50pm)
The Smiths have decided to make sure that the Valenta’s are shut off from the outside world but their plan goes awry – first with the arrival of a policeman and then Madelaine develops a bad toothache.

guest cast
Lloyd McGuire as P C Brockhurst / Kate Saunders as Receptionist

5. THE TRICK (Broadcast: Sunday 1 Feb 1976 @ 4:50pm)
Thanks to some crafty magic from one of the their old routines the Valentas manage to pull off a double cross on The Smith family.

guest cast
Lloyd McGuire as P C Brockhurst

6. THE ILLUSION (Broadcast: Sunday 8 Feb 1976 @ 4:50pm)
The Smiths are convinced that Mark has got his hands on “their” money and with Bill Smith threatening serious violence P.C. Brockhurst suggest becoming a hostage in order to ensure the Valenta’s safety.

guest cast
Lloyd McGuire as P C Brockhurst

The serial had a repeat run between 16 December 1977 and 20 Jan 1978 shown Fridays @ 4:15pm.

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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

cast
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.

cast
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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