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Thriller: One Deadly Owner (ITV 1974, Donna Mills, Jeremy Brett)

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In One Deadly Owner beautiful fashion model Helen Cook gives in to a whim and buys a vintage rolls royce for six thousand pounds, on her first trap out in it she hears a piercing scream from what seems to be inside the car itself, later she becomes convinced it is possessed and tracks down the previous owner whose wife was murdered in brutal circumstances.

One of the best remembered Thrillers, has all the trademark elements one associates with the series too, an American in the lead (Donna Mills looking very gorgeous here), strong support from the British contingent, Jeremy Brett is as always completely fabulous, a brilliant actor, very understated but very cool. A bizarre, possibly supernatural plot and brilliant costume and production design.

One Deadly Owner

Donna Mills and the fabulous Jeremy Brett.

A quintessential slice of 1970’s TV wonderfulness. The voice of Bob Holness (legendary host of TV quiz show Blockbusters) pops up as a radio announcer.

As is so often the case with Clemens, he was well on the mark with his ideas, surely the first possessed car story made and definitely a few years before Stephen King’s similar Christine!

production details
UK / ITV Network – ATV – ITC / 1×75 minute episode / Broadcast 16 February 1974

Writer: Brian Clemens / Production Design: Roger Allan / Director: Ian Fordyce

Series: Thriller / Season Two Episode Four

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DONNA MILLS as Helen Cook
JEREMY BRETT as Peter Tower
ROBERT MORRIS as Freddy Green
LAURENCE PAYNE as John Jacey
ERIC LANDER as Hans
MICHAEL BEINT as Hawkins
ANTHONY DAWES as Car Salesman
BOB HOLNESS as Announcer
RAY MARIONI as Waiter

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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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