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Turtle’s Progress (ITV 1979-1980, John F Landry, Michael Attwell)

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Turtle’s Progress was in fact a spin off of The Hanged Man which aired in 1975 and starred Colin Blakely as a businessman who fakes his own death to discover who is out to get him. Turtle and Razor Eddie were two minor characters in that series, a pair of petty crooks and here they are still petty crooks who accidentally steal a van that is full of stolen safety deposit boxes. Naturally the owners of said boxes will do anything to get them back but Turtle and Eddie have their own ideas. The pair set up a company called “Guaranteed Security Inc” which they use as a front to deal with the “safe return” of key items from the boxes.

Each of the boxes, whether they contain money, documents or incriminating photographes, leads to a mystery for the boys to get involved with. The show has that same down at heel milieu as shows like Minder, Fox and Out (although shot on video unlike the film of the other shows) but hasn’t been as well remembered as any of them.

The boys local pub was The Robin Hood where Turtle’s Aunt Ethel (whom he lodged with) was the barmaid and Superintendant Rafferty was the policeman trying to bring the boys down (Rafferty was played by James Grout in the first series but a leg accident led to him being replaced by David Swift for the second batch of episodes).

In The Hanged Man Razor Eddie was played by Gareth Hunt but he was involved in The New Avengers and a possible movie career by the time of this series.

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UK | ITV Network – ATV

RUNNING TIME: 60 Minutes | NUMBER OF EPISODES: 13 | AIRDATES: 23 April 1979 – 11 July 1980

CREATOR: Edmund Ward | THEME MUSIC: Alan Price | PRODUCERS: Joan Brown, Nicholas Palmer | EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: David Reid

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JOHN F LANDRY as Turtle
MICHAEL ATTWELL as Razor Eddie
RUBY HEAD as Ethel Wagstaff
JO ROSS as WPC Andrews
JAMES GROUT as Supt Rafferty (season one)
DAVID SWIFT as Supt Rafferty (season two)

THE EPISODES
SEASON ONE 23 April – 11 June 1979
1. EPISODE ONE (23 Apr 79)
2. EPISODE TWO (30 Apr 79)
3. EPISODE THREE (7 May 79)
4. EPISODE FOUR (14 May 79)
5. EPISODE FIVE (21 May 79)
6. EPISODE SIX (4 Jun 79)
7. EPISODE SEVEN (11 Jun 79)

SEASON TWO 30 May – 11 July 1980
1. EPISODE ONE (30 May 80)
2. EPISODE TWO (6 Jun 80)
3. EPISODE THREE (13 Jun 80)
4. EPISODE FOUR (27 Jun 80)
5. EPISODE FIVE (4 Jul 80)
6. EPISODE SIX (11 Jul 80)

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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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