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Armchair Cinema: Tully (ITV 26 Nov 1975 with Anthony Valentine and Kevin Miles)

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In Armchair Cinema entry Tully which was a UK-Australian co-production sees insurance investigator Tully tracks a cache of stolen art and antiques worth two million pounds and the man behind their theft from London to Sydney and finds that he’s not the only one interesting in recovering them.

Completely American style opening titles and strident theme music that unfortunately is carried over into the production itself. There is also lots of stereotypical Australian action going on when Tully is in Sydney and some overdone direction. There are some positive points though, Anthony Valentine is excellent as Tully and Jack Thompson is always worth watching, good to see Noeline Brown acting against type here too as a landlady who blackmails Eastman’s wife. The production was 98% filmed in Sydney with a few opening linking shots of London at the start.

Fellow Armchair Cinema episode Regan had led to The Sweeney and whilst Tully does have some similar aspects to that show going for it a series never emerged.

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UK – Australia / ITV – Thames – Euston Films – ABC – Deutscher Filmdienst / 1×80 minuute episode / Broadcast Wednesday 26 November 1975 @ 8.30pm

Writer: Ian Stuart Black / Action Sequences: Peter Armstrong / Music: Patrick Aulton played by The ABC Sydney Showband conducted by Eric Cook / Executive Producers: Lloyd Shirley, George Taylor / Producer and Director: James Gatward

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ANTHONY VALENTINE as Tully
HENRY SZEPS as Ted Eastman
KEVIN MILES as Brandon
JACK THOMPSON as Vic
BARBARA NIELSON as Silvia
JOHN STANTON as Helier
WILLIAM REDMOND as Sharples
MARTIN PHELAN as Foxy
LYN JAMES as Doris
LES FOXCROFT as Mr Fenner
MICHAEL AITKENS as Barman
NOELINE BROWN as Valerie
KENNETH GOODLET as Inspector
PHILLIP ROSS as Inspector Young
EDWARD HEPPLE as Skimp
RICHARD GILBERT as Swagman
BOB HALLETT as Roy
FRANKIE DAVIDSON as Bruce
RAY MARSHALL as Mr Minter
TONY BARRY as Mack
BRUNO LAWRENCE as Bert
REBECCA GILLING as Secretary
BELINDA CROSSE as Sally
RUTH OSBORNE as Nurse
ZOE SALMON as Travel Clerk
PETER BERG as Fence
ROBERT HUGHES as Tully’s Lookout
NATALIE MOSCO as Kitty
RUTH ARDLER as Aboriginal Lady

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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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