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Playhouse: The Substitute (ITV 1972 with Adrian Shergold)

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In ITV Playhouse drama The Substitute young Rod is finding it hard going living in one of the new inner-city tower blocks. His brother has just been signed by Manchester City football club but his dad is having a hard time coping with his homing pigeons. Rod would love a place of his own but his mum won’t let him. He realises his only option is to dig an escape tunnel – something that won’t be easy living six stories up.

No particularly big names in this edition of Playhouse which was written by Barrie Keefe. Lois Baxter would score a few prominent roles later in the decade including a regular role in When The Boat Comes In. Meanwhile Michael Kitchen would of course go on to be a big name (most recently as Foyle in Foyle’s War). Tommy Godfrey was a well known character actor and popped up in many a sitcom in the 1970’s from Love Thy Neighbour to George and Mildred.

Godfrey plays a talent scout in The Substitute and during his early days in variety he also worked as a talent scout for Wolverhampton Wanderers.

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UK / ITV – Granada / 1×60 minute episode / Broadcast Tuesday 27 June 2016 at 9.00pm

Writer: Barrie Keefe / Production Designer: Michael Grimes / Producer: Peter Beckersley / Director: Baz Taylor

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Adrian Shergold as Rod
James Ottaway as Dad
Hilda Fenemore as Mother
Trevor Adams as Andy
Lois Baxter as Nina
Reg Lye as Bert
Michael Kitchen as Jimmy
Tommy Godfrey as Harry
Rita Howard as Mrs Parker
Meg Johnson as Janice
Peter Dudley as Photographer

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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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