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Target (BBC-1 1977-1978, Patrick Mower, Philip Madoc)

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Crime drama series Target is often touted as the BBC’s rival to ITV’s smash hit The Sweeney and whilst it does have some similarities it has enough originality of its own to mark out as a slice of classic 1970′s telly.

Starring Patrick Mower the series follows the work of a regional crime squad based in Hampshire. Led by Detective Superintendent Steve Hackett the team more often than not find that the big port in the area is the epicentre for criminal activity.

Hackett is your classic Maverick cop, divorced yet married to the job and more than happy to pull any bird he fancies. He is also not shy at landing a punch if it gets results. Also on the team is Detective Segeant Frank Bonney who knows what Hackett is like but respects the results he gets and Detective Sergeant Louise Colbert who for a change is not just there to make the tea.

The show was considered excessively violent at the time and was forced to tone things down somewhat for the second and final season, it’s never been repeated on terrestrial television and only the first series was briefly seen during the early days of satellite tv which is why it has no doubt built up something of a cult reputation.

Target was thought up by Roger Marshall but he quickly ducked out of the series when producer Philip Hincliffe began to take the series in a direction he didn’t like. His scripts for the series are credited to David Agnew.

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UK / BBC-1

RUNNING TIME: 50 Minutes | NUMBER OF EPISODES: 17 | AIRDATES: 9 September 1977 – 10 November 1978

ACTION ARRANGER: Peter Brayham | TITLE SEQUENCE: Sid Sutton | THEME MUSIC: Dudley Simpson | PRODUCER: Philip Hinchcliffe

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PATRICK MOWER as Det. Supt. Steve Hackett
PHILIP MADOC as Det. Chief Sup. Tate
BRENDAN PRICE as Det. Sgt. Bonney
VIVIEN HEILBRON as Det. Sgt. Louise Colbert
CARL RIGG as Det. Con. Dukes

THE EPISODES
SEASON ONE 9 September – 11 November 1977
1. SHIPMENT (9 Sep 1977)
2. BLOW OUT (16 Sep 1977)
3. BIG ELEPHANT (23 Sep 1977)
4. HUNTING PARTIES (30 Sep 1977)
5. VANDRAGGERS (14 Oct 1977)
6. LADY LUCK (21 Oct 1977)
7. SET UP (28 Oct 1977)
8. ROADRUNNER (4 Nov 1977)
9. CARVE UP (11 Nov 1977)

SEASON TWO 15 September – 10 November 1978
1. ROGUE’S GALLERY (15 Sep 1978)
2. A GOOD AND FAITHFUL WOMAN (22 Sep 1978)
3. QUEEN’S PARDON (29 Sep 1978)
4. FRINGE BANKING (13 Oct 1978)
5. PROMISES (20 Oct 1978)
6. THE TROUBLE WITH CHARLIE (27 Oct 1978)
7. FIGURES OF IMORTANCE (3 Nov 1978)
8. THE RUN (10 Nov 1978)

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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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