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Doomwatch (BBC-1 1970-1972 with John Paul and Simon Oates)

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UK / BBC One / 37×50 minute episodes / Broadcast 9 February 1970 – 14 August 1972

Creators: Kit Pedlar,Gerry Davis / Music: Max Harris / Titles: Alan Jeapes / Script Editors: Gerry Davis(Seasons 1-2), Anna Kaliski (Season 3) / Producer: Terence Dudley

Scifi drama series. The Government sets up a special department to counteract unwanted scientific development. One episode made for season three has never been show (but still exists) called Sex and Violence, the show included footage of a real military execution and was deemed too sensitive.

The series was very popular and made a star of Robert Powell (and created a massive stir when he was killed off) and was very on the money in terms of what was going on in the world (and things that would come to be too). Because of the topical angle quite a few extra scripts were commissioned for the first two seasons but were never used. The series is another one of those BBC shows that has suffered the loss of many episodes thanks to the BBC’s policy at the time of either recording over videotapes or simply throwing them out.

In 1972 Tigon pictures made a movie based on the series, this was also called Doomwatch but sadly the regular cast only had relatively small roles, the leads being taken by Ian Bannen and Judy Geeson. Then somewhat surprisingly in 1999 Channel 5 revived the format for a two hour tv movie starring Philip Stone and Trevor Eve. A hoped for series never materialised.

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JOHN PAUL as Dr Spencer Quist
SIMON OATES as Dr John Ridge
ROBERT POWELL as Toby Wren (1970)
JOBY BLANSHARD as Colin Bradley
WENDY HALL as Pat Hunniset
VIVIEN SHEPHERD as Barbara Mason
JOHN NOLAN as Geoff Hardcastle
JEAN TREND as Dr Fay Chantry

THE EPISODES
SEASON ONE 9 February – 11 May 1970
1. THE PLASTIC EATERS
2. FRIDAY’S CHILD
3. BURIAL AT SEA
4. TOMORROW, THE RAT
5. PROJECT SAHARA
6. RE-ENTRY FORBIDDEN
7. THE DEVIL’S SWEETS
8. THE RED SKY
9. SPECTRE AT THE FEAST
10. TRAIN AND DE-TRAIN
11. THE BATTERY PEOPLE
12. HEAR NO EVIL
13. SURVIVAL CODE

SEASON TWO 14 December 1970 – 22 March 1971
1. YOU KILLED TOBY WREN
2. INVASION
3. THE ISLANDERS
4. NO ROOM FOR ERROR
5. BY THE PRICKING OF MY THUMBS
6. THE IRON DOCTOR
7. FLIGHT INTO YESTERDAY
8. THE WEB OF FEAR
9. IN THE DARK
10. THE HUMAN TIME BOMB
11. THE INQUEST
12. THE LOGICIANS
13. PUBLIC ENEMY
SEASON THREE 5 June – 14 August 1972
1. FIRE AND BRIMSTONE
2. HIGH MOUNTAIN
3. SAY KNIFE, FAT MAN
4. SEX AND VIOLENCE (NEVER TRANSMITTED)
5. WAITING FOR A KNIGHTHOOD
6. WITHOUT THE BOMB
7. HAIR TRIGGER
8. DEADLY DANGEROUS TOMORROW
9. ENQUIRY
10. FLOOD
11. CAUSE OF DEATH
12. THE KILLER DOLPHINS

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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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