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Game Set and Match (ITV 1988 with Ian Holm, Mel Martin, Amanda Donohoe)

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UK | ITV Network – Granada

RUNNING TIME: 60 minutes (first episode was 120 minutes) | NUMBER OF EPISODES: 12 | AIRDATES: 3 October – 19 December 1988

WRITER: John Howlett | NOVELS: Len Deighton | PRODUCER: Brian Armstrong

Excellent downbeat spy drama series Game Set and Match was based on a trilogy of novels by Len Deighton. The 13 parter sees semi retired secret agent Bernard Samson drawn back into active service after the agency (known as The Brahms Network) he helped set up is compromised. He finds that his old East German nemesis Werner Volkmann and his wife, KGB agent Fiona are also involved.

Based on Berlin Game, Mexico Set and London Match this expensive series filmed extensively in all three locations and was superbly cast. Surprisingly it failed to strike a chord with the viewing audience and was considered something of a failure.

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IAN HOLM as Bernard Samson
MEL MARTIN as Fiona Samson
AMANDA DONOHOE as Gloria Kent
MICHAEL CULVER as Dicky Cruyes
PETER VAUGHAN as David Kimber-Hutchinson
JEREMY CHILD as Henry Tiptree
MICHAEL ALDRIDGE as Silas Gaunt
GOTTFRIED JOHN as Erich Stinnes
MICHAEL DEGEN as Werner Volkmann
ANTHONY BATE as Bret Rensselaer
FREDERICK TREVES as Frank Harrington
JOHN WHEATLEY as Julian McKenzie
STRUAN RODGER as Morgan
BRIGITTE KARNER as Zena Volkmann

THE EPISODES
1/2. BERLIN GAME PARTS 1 AND 2 (3 Oct 1988)
3. BERLIN GAME PART 3 (10 Oct 1988)
4. BERLIN GAME PART 4 (17 Oct 1988)
5. BERLIN GAME PART 5 (24 Oct 1988)
6. MEXICO SET PART 1 (31 Oct 1988)
7. MEXICO SET PART 2 (7 Nov 1988)
8. MEXICO SET PART 3 (14 Nov 1988)
9. MEXICO SET PART 4 (21 Nov 1988)
10. MEXICO SET PART 5 (28 Nov 1988)
11. LONDON MATCH PART 1 (5 Dec 1988)
12. LONDON MATCH PART 2 (12 Dec 1988)
13. LONDON MATCH PART 3 (19 Dec 1988)

 

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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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