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Man From Haven, The (ITV 1972, Ian Holm, Leonard Sachs)

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Crime drama series The Man From Haven followed shady businessman Jack Byron Lever who learns the identity of a number of Swiss bank account holders and embarks on a course of blackmail in a bid to make a million pounds in a month.

Series creator Wilfred Greatorex, speaking to the TV Times (15/7/72), said the idea for the series came to him when he was stopped at London Airport’s Passport Control and asked how much he was taking out of the country. This at a time when there very strict controls on the amount of money you could take out of the country with you.

Leonard Sachs who co-starred is perhaps best known as host of the BBC’s popular 1970’s variety series The Good Old Days.

production details
UK / ITV – ATV / 6×60 minute episodes / Broadcast 21 July – 25 August 1972

Creator: Wilfred Greatorex / Music: Christopher Gunning / Design: Stanley Mills / Producer: Richard Bates / Directors: Peter Wood (episodes 1,3,5) and Mike Newell (episodes 2,4,6)

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Ian Holm as Jack Byron Lever
Leonard Sachs as Schaffer
Prunella Ransome as Terry
Clifford Parrish as Oswald Kohler
Ivor Roberts as Donald Balfour
Anna Korwin as Secretary
John Caesar as Vallais
David Butler as Strobel
Simon Cadell as Michael Western
Laurence Naismith as Sir James Western
Julian Holloway as Guy Western
Susan Fleetwood as Andrea
Ray McAnally as Lansing
Gordon Jackson as Franklin
John Savident as Chairman

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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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