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XYY Man, The (1976-1977, Stephen Yardley, Don Henderson)

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Crime/spy drama series The XYY Man offered up an interesting take on the usual crime fare of the day. Stephen Yardley is William “Spider” Scott, a cat burglar with an extra Y chromosome in his genetic makeup which meant he was inherantly unable to go straight – British Intelligence decides he will be useful to them and recruit him into their ranks.

Spider is none too happy about the situation as he has plans to go straight and is never overly friendly in his relations with Fairfax, his secret service contact. Meanwhile the police, led by Detective Sergeant George Bulman are in the dark about his role and are always on his tail.

The character of Bulman spun off into two other series first Strangers and then Bulman and it is worth noting that here he is a radically different person being much more mean spirited. Kenneth Royce is billed as series creator and it was his couple of novels from the early seventies that inspired the show, Murray Smith (who would go on to create strangers) was very much a driving force behind the series though. Although often billed as running for two seasons, the first three episodes were more a straight forward drama serial with the actual series running for ten episodes the following year.

Back in the sixties and seventies there was a lot of talk in the media about the fact that an extra Y chromosome could make you more disposed to aggression and possibly even crime but there is not much credence given to the theory these days.

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UK / ITV Network – Granada / 13×60 minute episodes / Broadcast 3 July 1976 – 29 August 1977

Creator: Kenneth Royce and based on his novels of the early 1970’s / Producer: Richard Everitt

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STEPHEN YARDLEY as Spider Scott
DON HENDERSON as Det Sgt George Bulman
DENNIS BLANCH as DC Derek Willis
VIVIENNE McKEE as Maggie Parsons
MARK DIGNAM as Fairfax
WILLIAM SQUIRE as Laidlaw
PAUL FREEMAN as Ray Lynch (original serial)
ROY BOYD as Brian (original serial)
DON WARRINGTON as Jomo Ibbon (original serial)

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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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