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Thriller: A Coffin For The Bride (ITV 1974, Helen Mirren, Michael Jayston)

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In A Coffin For The Bride dashing Mark Walker is a major hit with women of a certain age, he likes to marry them and then,once they have left him all their money, kill them.

Finding himself footloose and fancy free following the death of his latest wife he is keen to make a good impression on the loud Stella, she is another wealthy widow and Mark thinks she would be perfect as his next victim. Then the beautiful Angela arrives on the scene and Mark falls for her in a big way…

One of the best loved of all Thriller episodes A Coffin For The Bride hangs on the fabulous performance by Helen Mirren in the central role and a very neat twist in the tale ending that as always, in best Thriller style, turns everything around.

Clemens claims the story was inspired by killer George Joseph Smith who was known as the Brides in the Bath murderer, in 1915 he was charged with three counts of murder. Michael Jayston (who had already appeared in the series) has the most outrageous fake beard at the beginning of the episode too!

Thriller A Coffin For The Bride

A Coffin For The Bride, Michael Jayston and Helen Mirren.

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UK / ITV Network – ATV – ITC / 1×75 minute episode / Broadcast 1 June 1974

Writer: Brian Clemens / Production Design: Ken Wheatley / Director: John Sichel

Series: Thriller / Season Three Episode One

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MICHAEL JAYSTON as Mark Walker
HELEN MIRREN as Angela
MICHAEL GWYNN as Oliver Mason
RICHARD COLEMAN as Weston
MARGARET COURTENAY as Claire
JOSEPHINE TEWSON as Yvonne
ARTHUR ENGLISH as Freddy
TONY STEEDMAN as Detective Quilly
MARCIA FOX as Connie
HUGH MORTON as Judge
RICHARD HAMPTON as Sergeant Miles
JEFFREY TAYLOR as Warder
PETER MacKRIEL as Porter
MARK RODBERT as Young Lad

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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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