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Strangers (ITV 1978-1982, Don Henderson, Dennis Blanch)

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Crime drama series Strangers grew out of fellow ITV crime drama The XYY Man which had featured the characters of Detective Sergeant George Bulman and Detective Constable Derek Willis in minor roles. Here the duo are part of Unit 23, a specialist police squad based in the Manchester region and who move from station to station tackling undercover cases where local cops would be too well known (hence the show’s title). Initially for the first two seasons the trio answered to Detective Sergeant Singer.

By season three things had changed with the team back in London and renamed the Inter City Squad – they were now working under the command of Superintendent Jack Lambie. In this season Bulman also made contact with member of the secret service William Dugdale who would go on to play a major part in the series follow up Bulman. In that series Bulman had retired and was working as a clock and watch repairer but tackling cases on the side.

production details
UK / ITV – Granada / 32×60 minute episodes / Broadcast 5 June 1978 – 6 October 1982

Creator: Murray Smith / Producer: Richard Everitt / Music: Mike Moran

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DON HENDERSON as Detective Sergeant George Bulman
DENNIS BLANCH as Detective Sergeant Willis
FRANCES TOMELTY as W.D.C. Linda Doran (seasons 1-2)
JOHN RONANE as Detective Sergeant David Singer (seasons 1-2)
DAVID HARGREAVES as D.C.I. Rainbow (seasons 1-2)
MARK McMANUS as Detective Chief Superintendent Jack Lambie (from season 3)
THORLEY WALTERS as William Dugdale
FIONA MOLLISON as W.D.C. Bennett

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Mark McManus as Detective Chief Superintendent Jack Lambie who arrived in season three.

THE EPISODES
Season One 5 June – 17 July 1978
1. THE PARADISE SET
2. DUTY ROSTER
3. SILVER LINING
4. ACCIDENTAL DEATH
5. BRISCOE
6. RIGHT AND WRONG
7. PAYING GUESTS

Season Two 9 January – 6 February 1979
1. THE WHEELER DEALERS
2. CALL OF THE WILD
3. CLEVER DICK
4. FRIENDS IN HIGH PLACES
5. MARRIAGES, DEATHS AND BIRTHS

Season Three 14 October – 25 November 1980
1. RETRIBUTION
2. YOU CAN’T WIN THEM ALL
3. ARMED AND DANGEROUS
4. A RACING CERTAINTY
5. CLOWNS DON’T CRY
6. TOM THUMB AND OTHER STORIES
7. NO ORCHIDS FOR MISSING BLANDISCH

Season Four 25 September – 30 October 1981
1. THE MOSCOW SUBWAY MURDERS
2. THE LONELINESS OF THE LONG DISTANCE COPPER
3. A DEAR GREEN PLACE
4. STAND AND DELIVER
5. THE FLOWERS OF EDINBURGH
6. SOLDIERS OF MISFORTUNE

Season Five 8 September – 6 October 1982
1. A MUCH UNDERESTIMATED MAN
2. A SWIFT AND EVIL ROZZER
3. THE TENDER TRAP
4. THE LOST CHORD
5. A FREE WEEKEND IN THE COUNTRY
6. CHARLIE’S BROTHER’S BIRTHDAY
7. WITH THESE GLOVES YOU CAN PASS THROUGH MIRRORS

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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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