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Private Benjamin (CBS 1981-1983, Lorna Patterson, Eileen Brennan)

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Private Benjamin was a sitcom based on the 1980 movie of the same name and on the characters created by Nancy Meyers, Charles Shyer, and Harvey Miller.

The movie starred Goldie Hawn as Pvt. Judy Benjamin, a fish out of water. After her husband dies, the unhappy Judy joins the army to get away from it all, not realizing that the army’s regimentation and her previous carefree lifestyle where she was always taken care of did not mesh. In the movie, Judy learns to become self-sufficient and independent.

The TV series takes Judy back to boot camp, always the funniest part of any military comedy (e.g., “Stripes”). Eileen Brennan and Hal Williams reprised their movie roles for the series, while Damita Jo Freeman appeared in both, though as different characters.

Early into the second season, Eileen Brennan was seriously injured in an automobile accident and was replaced by Polly Holliday. Brennan suffered from addiction to painkillers (as a result of the accident) for a period of time after her recovery.

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USA / CBS / x25 minute episodes / 1981-1983

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Lorna Patterson as Pvt. Judy Benjamin
Eileen Brennan as Capt. Doreen Lewis
Hal Williams as Sgt. Ted Ross
Ann Ryerson as Pvt. Carol Winter (1981-82)
Joel Brooks as Lt. Billy Dean (1982 only)
Damita Jo Freeman as Pvt. Jackie Sims (1981-83)
Polly Holliday as Capt. Allan (final episode only)
Joyce Little as Pvt. Rayleen White (1981 only)
Robert Mandan as Col. Lawrence Fielding (1982-83)
Lisa Raggio as Pvt. Maria Gianelli (1981 only)
Francesca Roberts as Pvt. Harriet Dorsey (1981 only)
Joan Roberts as Pvt. Barbara Ann Glass (1981 only)
Wendie Jo Sperber as Pvt. Stacy Kouchalakas (1982-83)
Lucy Webb as Pvt. Luanne Hubble (1981-82)

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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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