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Platypus Man (UPN 1995, Richard Jeni, Ron Ohrbach)

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Platypus Man was a half-hour situation comedy that aired on the United Paramount Network. The show centers around Richard Jeni, his friends Lou Golumbuski and Paige McAllister, and his younger brother Tommy. Richard is the host and chef of Cooking with the Platypus Man, a New York cooking show for “Anyone who’s tried to make tunafish on toast and ended up in the burn unit with mayonnaise in his hair,” which airs on channel 72.

Richard also has a twin brother, Vince, who is in real estate, and of whom he is jealous. Richard learned how to cook because Lou convinced him to take Home Economics with him in high school to pick up chicks. Lou got some, Richard did not. Some personal information about Richard: he wet his bed until he was 12, and gets aroused by Oh Canada. Richard’s sound engineer is Larry Tannenbaum.

Lou Golumbuski, who happens to be Jewish, is Richard’s executive producer and best friend. He met Richard when they were seven and put out a campfire together by peeing on it. Lou skipped out on his Bar Mitzvah in order to go see the Three Stooges live. His wife’s name is Marie, and he has a sister.

Tommy Jeni is the bartender at (and possibly owner of) the Roof Garden Tavern, where they all hang out.

Paige McAllister lives across the hall from Richard (he lives in 3E, she lives in 3B), and is an ex-pro-golfer who writes a sports column for the newspaper.

production details
UK / UPN Fanaro – Nathan – Paramount / 13×25 minute episodes / Broadcast 23 January – 24 July 1995

Creator/Executive Producer: Barry Fanaro, Matt Nathan / Script Supervisor: Susan Harris / Producers: Marica Govans, Michael Rotenberg

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Richard Jeni as Richard Jeni
Ron Ohrbach as Lou Golembiewski
Denise Miller as Paige McAllister
David Dundara as Tommy Jeni
Ethan Phillips as Vern Tuttle

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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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