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Waltons, The (CBS 1972-1981, Ralph Waite, Michael Learned)

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Created by Earl Hamner the Waltons offered a glimpse of rural life during the depressed 1930’s and 40’s. The large Walton family lived on Walton Mountain in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, Jefferson County.

The family was headed by lumber mill owning John Walton and his wife Olivia, they had seven children, eldest John Boy (who wanted to be a writer), Mary-Ellen, Jim-Bob, Jason, Erin, Ben and Elizabeth. Also living with them were John’s parent’s Zeb and Esther.

Other regulars included shop owners Ike and Corabeth Godsey, Sheriff Ep Bridges and the Baldwin Sisters. The show had a very warm heart and was pure family viewing. The stories were related through the eyes of John Boy Walton (who did go on to become a novelist and journalist, even publishing his own newspaper, The Blue Ridge Chronicle).

Some key moments throughout the show included Mary Ellen’s wedding, Grandma Walton suffering a stroke; The death in April 1978 of Grandpa Walton; Olivia contracting TB in 1978 and spending time in a sanatorium (mainly so that Michael Learned could spend less time on the show).

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Michael Learned as Olivia and Richard Thomas as John Boy.

Around this time (with the second world war now affecting life for the Walton family) Olivia’s cousin Rose arrived to help take care of house. The Walton Boys were all also now involved in the war. There were also plenty of births, deaths and marriages during the show’s run.

The end of the series proper saw John selling his lumber mills to his son Ben and moving with Olivia to Arizona to help combat her TB. Since then there have been occasional TV Movie revivals continuing the story. The show was based in part on Hamner’s own life and also had its genesis in a 1963 Henry Fonda movie called Spencer’s Mountain.

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USA / CBS/ 221×60 minute episodes plus seven feature length TV Movies so far / Broadcast Thursday 14 September 1972 – Thursday 20 August 1982

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Olivia and John Walton

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RALPH WAITE as John Walton
MICHAEL LEARNED as Olivia Walton
WILL GEER as Zeb “Grandpa” Walton (1972-78)
ELLEN CORBY as Esther “Grandma” Walton (1972-79)
RICHARD THOMAS as John Boy Walton (1972-77)
ROBERT WIGHTMAN as John Boy (1979-81)
JUDY NORTON-TAYLOR as Mary Ellen Walton
DAVID W. HARPER as Jim-Bob Walton
KAMI COTLER as Elizabeth Walton
JON WALMSLEY as Jason Walton
MARY ELIZABETH McDONOUGH as Erin Walton
ERIC SCOTT as Ben Walton
JOE CONLEY as Ike Godsey
RONNIE CLAIRE EDWARDS as Corabeth Godsey (1974-81)
JOHN CRAWFORD as Sheriff Ep Bridges
HELEN KLEEB as Mamie Baldwin
MARY JACKSON as Emily Baldwin
LYNN HAMILTON as Verdie Foster
JOHN RITTER as Reverend Matthew Fordwick (1972-77)
ROBERT DONNER as Yancy Tucker (1972-79)
PEGGY REA as Rose Burton (1979-81)

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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)

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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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