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Bognor (ITV 1981-1982, David Horovitch, Joanna McCallum)

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Crime drama series Bognor follows the cases of Simon Bognor who works for SIDBOT or to give it’s full title the Special Investigations Department of the Board of Trade where he investigates some rather strange cases – including shenanigans at a dog show, a theft by a communist group of a top secret honey recipe and in the second season dirty goings on in the restaurant business.

Broadcast twice weekly with a 30 minute running time for it’s first season it reverted to hour long for it’s very short 3 episode second season. The first series was made up of three complete stories each running for 6 episodes under the overall titles Unbecoming Habits, Deadline and Let Sleeping Dogs Lie whilst the second series was one story across three episodes – this had the overall title Just Desserts.

Bognor is a fun series, mostly played tongue in cheek. Stylistically it is quite similar at times to the Armchair Thriller series but with a better sense of humour. David Horovitch is excellent in the lead and guest stars were quite high calibre across the run of the series including the likes of Patrick Troughton, Nigel Davenport, David Calder, Charlotte Cornwell, Andrew Ray and John Le Mesurier.

production details
UK / ITV – Thames / 18×30 minute episodes 3×60 minute episodes / Broadcast 10 February 1981 – 23 February 1982

Writer: T.R. Bowen / Novels:Tim Heald / Music: Mike Steer / Producer: Bernard Krichefski / Executive Producer: John Frankau

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DAVID HOROVITCH as Bognor
JOANNA McCALLUM as Monica
EWAN ROBERTS as Parkinson
TIM MEATS as Lingard
PATRICK TROUGHTON as Xavier
EDWARD PEEL as Vivian
CHARLES LLOYD PACK as Matthew
ANNA PALK as Lena Strudwick
IAN LINDSAY as Bert Watson
ROBIN BAILEY as Percy Pocklington
SHANE RIMMER as Horace Higgins
NIGEL DAVENPORT as Edgar Eagerly

THE EPISODES
SEASON ONE 10 February – 9 April 1981
Each six part story, shown twice weekly, was made up of six individually titled episodes as listed below.
1. UNBECOMING HABITS
A. Colingdale’s Dead (10 Feb 1981)
B. Batty Tom (12 Feb 1981)
C. The Cross Country Monk (17 Feb 1981)
D. Lord Dismiss Us (19 Feb 1981)
E. Keeping Up With The Jones (24 Feb 1981)
F. Making A Bog Of It (26 Feb 1981)

2. DEADLINE
A. They Don’t Make Them Like That Anymore (3 Mar 1981)
B. Who Goes Home? (5 Mar 1981)
C. There Comes No Answer (10 Mar 1981)
D. The Cricketer’s Almanack (12 Mar 1981)
E. Good Luck Willy (17 Mar 1981)
F. Hard Cheese On Eric (19 Mar 1981)

3. LET SLEEPING DOGS LIE
A. Dog’s Dinner (24 Mar 1981)
B. A Handful Of Ashes (26 Mar 1981)
C. Meet The Mole (31 Mar 1981)
D. I Am Yellow – Memoirs Of A Danish Dog Lover (2 Apr 1981)
E. Dummy Run (7 Apr 1981)
F. Feeding Time (9 Apr 1981)

SEASON TWO 9 – 23 February 1982
One story across three individual episodes of 60 minutes each.
1. JUST DESSERTS
A. Scoff Not (9 Feb 1982)
B. A Health Warning (16 Feb 1982)
C. The Fastest Cork In The West (23 Feb 1982)

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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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