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Three’s Company (ABC 1977-1984, John Ritter, Suzanne Somers)

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Three’s Company was a sitcom based on the UK Original Man About the House.

The show had a simple (but for the 1970’s risqué) premise, a guy shares a flat with two girls. Jack Tripper, a would be chef, moved in with Janet Wood and Chrissy Snow; Janet was a florist and Chrissy was a typist. Living downstairs were their landlady (the sex starved) Helen Roper and her husband Stanley. Most of the action revolved around Jack either wanting to “get it on” with his room mates or doing his best to persuade his landlord that there was nothing going on between the three of them.

The Ropers

Audra Lindley as Helen Roper and Norman Fell as Stanley Roper.

The Ropers later left the series in 1979 (they had been given their own series also called The Ropers) and new landlord Ralph Furley was drafted in. Then the following season Suzanne Somers who played Chrissy announced she wanted a large pay rise, the producers wouldn’t accede to her wishes and reduced her role to practically nothing (they sent her home to care for her mother and she would only be seen in occasional phone calls to her friends), she then left the series proper. A further room mate in the shape of Chrissy’s cousin Cindy arrived quickly replaced during the 1981 season by Terri Alden.

By the time the series ended Jack was running his own restaurant called Jack’s Bistro (the UK version of the show had done much the same thing albeit in the spin-off Robin’s Nest) whilst Janet had married and Terri had moved away. There was another spin off (a continuation really) called Three’s A Crowd featuring Jack moving in with his girlfriend.

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USA / ABC / 172×30 minute episodes / Broadcast Thursday 15 March 1977 – Tuesday 18 September 1984

Creators: Johnnie Mortimer, Brian Cooke / Theme Music: composed by Don Nicholl, Joe Raposo, sung by Ray Charles and Julia Rinker.

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JOHN RITTER as Jack Tripper
JOYCE DEWITT as Janet Wood
SUZANNE SOMERS as Chrissy Snow (1977-81)
AUDRA LINDLAY as Helen Roper (1977-79)
NORMAN FELL as Stanley Roper (1977-79)
RICHARD KLINE as Larry Dallas (1978-84)
DON KNOTTS as Ralph Furley (1979-84)
ANN WEDGEWORTH as Lana Shields (1979-80)
JENILEE HARRISON as Cindy Snow (19870-82)
PRISCILLA BARNES as Terri Alden (1981-84)
BRAD BLAISDELL as Mike (1981-84)

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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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