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Plane Makers, The (ITV 1963-1965, Patrick Wymark, Jack Watling)



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.

Barbara Murray played Wilder’s wife Pamela for the first two seasons before Ann Firbank took on the role for the third season, however when The Power Game began, Murray was back again as Wilder.

Both this series and The Power Game turned Patrick Wymark into one of the most popular actors on TV, he sadly died of a heart attack in 1970 aged just 44.

production details
UK | ITV – ATV | 57×50 minutes | Broadcast 4 February 1963 – 12 January 1965

Creator: Wilfred Greatorex
Producers: Rex Firkin (seasons 1-2), David Reid (season 3)

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)
Robert Urquhart as Henry Forbes