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Don’t Forget To Write (BBC-2 1977-1979, George Cole, Gwen Watford)

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In comedy drama (with the emphasis on comedy) Don’t Forget To Write George Cole plays playwright George Maple. George has had some success in the past but is now struggling with “writer’s block”,

His generally harassed wife Mabel (Gwen Watford) does her best to provide support while he struggles with his problems and self-doubts.

Meanwhile, his neighbour Tom Lawrence (Francis Matthews) is a highly successful writer who seems to have no problems producing new work.

The character previously featured in three plays A Bit of A Holiday (ITV, 1968), A Bit of a Family Feeling (Yorkshire TV 1971) and a bit of an Adventure (21 July 1974).

production details
UK / BBC Two / 12×50 minute episodes / Broadcast 18 April 1977 – 22 February 1979

Writer: Charles Wood / Producer: Joe Waters

cast
GEORGE COLE as Gordon Maple
GWEN WATFORD as Mabel Maple
FRANCIS MATTHEWS as Tom Lawrence
RON EMSLIE as Wilfred Maples
DAPHNE HEARD as Mrs Field
RENNY LISTER as Jenny Lawrence
JAMES COSSINS as Philip Mounter (season 2)

THE EPISODES
SEASON ONE 18 April – 23 May 1977
1. LESSER KNOWN ENGLISH DRAMATISTS
2. THUNDERING HOOVES
3. THE TASTING OF THE WINE
4. A FRIEND IN NEED
5. FIRST NIGHT
6. GOING UP IN THE WORLD

SEASON TWO 18 January – 22 February 1979
1. ENTER HITLER
2. EXIT GOERING
3. IN PLACE OF OUR ADVERTISED PROGRAMME
4. THE GREENING OF GORDON
5. GOTTERDAMMERUNG
6. WE’RE GOING TO MAXIM’S

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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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