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Rules Of Engagement (ITV 1989, Karl Johnson, Kenneth Cranham)

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In Rules Of Engagement World tensions increase when a crippled US nuclear sub drifts towards Soviet waters, with a major outbreak of war on the cards Martin Goodman has been appointed controller of a South Coast naval city by the Home Office. As the situation worsens the town is closed off from the outside world.

Midway through episode five the crisis is averted and ex-soldier Dave Gillespie and journalist Annie McPhee work to uncover the true facts around the death of controller Martin Goodman’s girlfriend. While the crisis was going on both Gillespie and McPhee were proving to be thorns in the side of the government controlling the city and Gillespie had been tailing Goodman looking for evidence of an affair on behalf of Goodman’s wife. He discovers the body but the Home Office want the whole event closed down.

At times reminiscent of The Old Men at the Zoo this is a highly watchable slice of drama, part dystopian Orwellian stuff and part crime tinged drama especially with the goings on of local spiv Mick Rendall played by the excellent Ralph Brown and town big man Harry Cartwright working to get a secret boat off to safer waters – for a price of course. There is also that world war two Blitz type old Dunkirk spirit vibe going on too with the community under fire and pulling together.

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UK | ITV Network – TVS – Future Media

RUNNING TIME: 60 minutes | NUMBER OF EPISODES: 6 | AIRDATES: 12 June – 17 July 1989

WRITER: Graham Hurley | EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Graham Benson | COSTUMES: Rebecca Allen | MILITARY ADVISOR: David Carson | PRODUCER: Terence Williams | DIRECTOR: Robert Walker

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KARL JOHNSON as Dave Gillespie
KENNETH CRANHAM as Martin Goodman
ANNA CALDER-MARSHALL as Joanna Goodman
AMANDA FAWCETT as Suzanne Wallace
DEREK FOWLDS as Oliver Davidson
CATHY TYSON as Annie McPhee
JANE GAMBIER as P.A.
PHILIP LOWRIE as Nigel Quinn
NEVILLE A. DENTON as Captain Drewitt
POLLY WALKER as Fiona
LEO KAY as Sean Gillespie
FIONA VICTORY as Sandra Gillespie
RUDOLPH WALKER as Harry Cartwright
PETER ATTARD as Albie Curtis
RALPH BROWN as Mick Rendall

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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.

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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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