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Star Trek (NBC 1966-1969 with William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy)

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USA / NBC – Desilu – Norway – Paramount / 79×60 minute episodes / Broadcast 1966-69

Creator/Executive Producer: Gene Roddenberry / Music: Alexander Courage, Gerald Fried / Costume: William Ware Theiss

Conceived by Gene Roddenberry as a “Wagon Train To The Stars”, Star Trek told the exploits of Captain James T Kirk and his crew travelling the galaxy in the warp-powered Starship Enterprise (NCC 1701).

An initial pilot was made (Titled: The Cage) which starred Jeffrey Hunter as Captain Christopher Pike. This was rejected by the networks yet they allowed a second pilot to be made which brought on board William Shatner. Leonard Nimoy as Mr Spock was the only character who was retained from the first pilot.

The original pilot was never transmitted although footage from it was later used with new original framing material in a 2-part story entitled “The Menagerie”. Dr McCoy came aboard in the first proper episode once the series started production.

With its bold and colourful visual style and the superb performances of the regulars together with well-written and imaginative scripts set in a universe where any sci-fi concept you can think of can happen, it has become a television and science fiction classic – yet surprisingly at the time it was considered a relative failure and was cancelled after just 3 seasons.

10 years later it was reborn as a series of feature films with the same cast and since 1987 has spawned four follow-up television series set in the same universe:- STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION (1987-1993), STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE (1993-1999), STAR TREK: VOYAGER (1995-2001) and ENTERPRISE (2001-2005). There was also an animated series in the mid-70s.

The famous opening narration by Captain Kirk is as follows: “Space – the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise, it’s five-year mission to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilisations. To boldly go where no man has gone before!”

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WILLIAM SHATNER as Capt James T Kirk
LEONARD NIMOY as Mr Spock
DEFOREST KELLEY as Dr Leonard ‘Bones’ McCoy
JAMES DOOHAN as Lt Cmdr Montgomery ‘Scotty’ Scott
GEORGE TAKEI as Lt Sulu
NICHELLE NICHOLS as Lt Uhura
WALTER KOENIG as Ensign Chekov (from Season 2)
MAJEL BARRETT as Nurse Christine Chapel
GRACE LEE WHITNEY as Yeoman Janice Rand (Season 1 – six episodes only)

 

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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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