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S.W.A.T (ABC 1975-1976 with Steve Forrest and Robert Urich)

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USA / ABC / x60 minute episodes / Broadcast 24 February 1975 – 29 June 1976

Creator: Robert Hamner / Theme Music: Theme from S.W.A.T. by Barry DeVorzon / Executive Producers: Aaron Spelling, Leonard Goldberg

With a theme tune straight out of prime era Shaft and leading men like Steve “The Baron” Forrest and Robert “Vegas” Urich, you just know S.W.A.T is classic viewing.

S.W.A.T (which stands for Special Weapons and Tactics) first aired in early 1975 and was based of course on the real life S.W.A.T teams that sprang up in America in the 1970’s.

The show ran for two seasons on the ABC network, episode one introduces new boy Jim Street who joins the S.W.A.T. team after his partner is killed in the line of duty. This was Urich’s first major role in TV and he acquits himself well, the series was inspired by the growing number of such police units in Los Angeles and other U.S.cities in the wake of the civil disturbance of the late 1960’s. The show actually grew out of popular show The Rookies with Steve Forrest’s character Hondo Harellson appearing in an episode of that show training up the Rookies in SWAT methods.

Like any good ensemble show there is a real mix of characters, Dominic was the Marksman, Sgt Kay was communications and T.J. handled back up. Hondo ran around a lot and spouted things like “Police work is dull, boring and repetitious.”

Although viewed today it may seem somewhat on the violent side but by it’s very nature S.W.A.T has to pretty much feature a siege or a shoot out in every episode.

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Steve Forrest as Dan “Hondo” Harrelson
Rod Perry as David “Deacon” Kay
Robert Urich as James Street
James Coleman as T.J. McCabe
Mark Shera as Dominic Luca
Ellen Weston as Betty Harrelson
Michael Harland as Matt Harrelson
David Adams as Kevin Harrelson

 

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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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