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Special Branch: Double Exposure (ITV 14 Feb 1974, with Stuart Wilson)

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In Double Exposure Craven and Haggerty are asked by Commander Fletcher to look into the life of candid photographer Steven Gill in the form of a positive vetting. Haggerty goes undercover as property developer and new neighbour of Gill’s but very soon finds himself getting a little too personally involved. Especially when he falls for Gill’s assistant Lena.

As it happens Haggerty is being completely played by Intelligence man Strand who wants Gill under his control – he wants fake pictures of an African dignitary planted in an international magazine as part of a plot to discredit him.

Double Exposure is the opening episode of the fourth and final season of Special Branch and there are a few changes to note; Haggerty is now fully on board as a regular cast member and there are two other new regular cast members with the boys getting a new boss in the shape of Commander Fletcher and governent bod Strand giving us echoes of season one and two’s Moxon.

The TV Times featured a brief article about the return of the series and new boy Strand (who is played by Paul Eddington) and his unspecified position within the Secret Intelligence Service – “a nasty on our side” as they put it.

Special Branch Double Exposure

A high quality episode (apart from a decidedly twee montage of Haggerty and Lena having a romantic afternoon in the park – including Tom rescuing a kids kite from a tree whilst a middle of the road string laden tune plays) from the always excellent Michael J. Bird.

High quality actor Stuart Wilson who plays photographer Steven had his best known TV role in 1982’s The Old Men at the Zoo and later divided his time between strong character parts both in Hollywood and the UK.

classic quote
“I don’t like having my people used in this way.”
“My dear commander, what else are people for.”

production details
UK / ITV – Thames / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Thursday 14 February 1974 at 8.30pm

Writer: Michael J. Bird / Director: Don Leaver

Series: Special Branch Season 4 Episode 1

cast
George Sewell as Alan Craven
Patrick Mower as Tom Haggerty
Frederick Jaeger as Cmdr Fletcher
Paul Eddington as Strand
Gabriella Licudi as Lena Drummond
Stuart Wilson as Steven Gill
Terence Bayler as Security Man
Peter Needham as Detective Sergeant
Kenneth Watson as Detective Inspector
Ralph Watson as Detective in Car
Sandra Hale as Girl in pub
John Gill as Sugar Daddy

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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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