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Warship (BBC-1 1973-1977, Donald Burton, Andrew Burt)

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Warship, made with the assistance of the Royal Navy was a seagoing drama series that told stories of the men aboard HMS Hero, a warship travelling the world on tours of duty.

The emphasis was firmly on the Captain and the rest of his crew and only occasionally focusing on the rest of the crew, the engineers and so on.

The plotlines would revolve around either a crisis at sea or a drama involving one of the crew in a port or sometimes at home. Andrew Burt, who had been starring as the original Jack Sugden in Emmerdale Farm to much success, gave up that role to take a lead role as Lt Peek in this series.

There were three different men in charge during the shows run, each with their own style of leadership, Commanders Nialls and Glenn and Captain Holt.

Ian Macintosh who co-created the series (along with The Wilde Alliance and The Sandbaggers) died in mysterious circumstances when the plane he was on went missing in Alaska. Macintosh was also serving in the Navy at the time of the shows creation.

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UK / BBC-1 / 45×50 minute episodes / Broadcast 1973-77

Creators: Ian Mackintosh, Anthony Coburn / Script Editor: Ian Mackintosh / Music: Anthony Isaac / Producers: Anthony Coburn(73-74), Joe Waters(75-77)

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DONALD BURTON as Cmdr Nialls(73-74)
BRYAN MARSHALL as Cmdr Glenn(75)
DEREK GODFREY as Capt Holt(76-77)
NORMAN ESHLEY as Lt Last
ANDREW BURT as Lt Peek
JOHN LEE as Lt Cmdr Kiley
DAVID SAVILLE as Lt Cmdr Beaumont
DON HENDERSON as Master at Arms Heron
JAMES COSMO as Lt Leading Reg Fuller

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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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