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Gideon’s Way (ITV 1964-1966, John Gregson, Alexander Davion)

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Crime drama series Gideon’s Way focused on the cases of Commander George Gideon working out Scotland Yard. Partnered with Detective Chief Inspector Keen the pair tackle everything from thwarting assassination attempts, horse race fixing, tracking down thieves and of course murder. Unlike most modern day cops Gideon has a nicely settled home life with wife Kate and their three children Pru, Matthew and Malcolm.

Shot in crisp black and white Gideon’s Way is an excellent series, like a TV version of the fab Edgar Lustgarten Scotland Yard series of shorts for the movies. John Gregson, who had been hugely popular during the 1950′s, was here winding up his career somewhat, although he would go on to co-star in the Shirley Maclaine series Shirley’s World.

The series attracted some good quality guest stars in the shape of George Cole, Alfie Bass, Donald Sutherland, Rosemary Leach, Raymond Huntley, Sydney Tafler, Ray McAnally, George Baker, Charles Lloyd Pack, Ray Brooks, Derren Nesbitt, Nicola Pagett, a young John Hurt, Mike Pratt (who would go on to star in another ITC classic Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased)), Finlay Currie and Jean Marsh to name just a few.

There was an unusual amount of location filming too which gave the series a nice documentary style edge, interiors were shot at Elstree Studios. The series was known as Gideon C.I.D. in the US and was based on the novels by John Creasey (who usually wrote them under the pen name J.J. Marric).

Great theme tune by Edwin Astley too!

production details
UK / ITV Network – ATV – New World Production – ITC / 26x60m-e / Broadcast 17 October 1964 – 10 May 1966

Producers: Robert S. Baker, Monty Berman / Music: Edwin Astley / Novels: J.J. Marric (really John Creasey) / Script Supervisor: Harry H. Junkin

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JOHN GREGSON as Commander George Gideon
ALEXANDER DAVION as Ch Insp David Keen
DAPHNE ANDERSON as Kate Gideon
IAN ROSSITER as D.C.S. Bell
BASIL DIGNAM as Commissioner Scott-Marle
RICHARD JAMES as Matthew Gideon
GILES WATLING as Malcolm Gideon
ANDREA ALLEN as Pru Gideon

THE EPISODES (One season of 26 episodes running from 17 October 1964 – 10 May 1966)
1. STATE VISIT
2. THE V MEN
3. THE FIRE BUG
4. THE BIG FIX
5. THE HOUSEKEEPER
6. THE LADY KILLER
7. TO CATCH A TIGER
8. BIG FISH, LITTLE FISH
9. THE WHITE RAT
10. HOW TO RETIRE WITHOUT REALLY WORKING
11. SUBWAY TO REVENGE
12. THE GREAT PLANE ROBBERY
13. GANG WAR
14. THE TIN GOD
15. THE ALIBI MAN
16. FALL HIGH, FALL HARD
17. THE WALL
18. THE PROWLER
19. THE THIN RED LINE
20. THE PERFECT CRIME
21. THE MILLIONAIRE’S DAUGHTER
22. MORNA
23. BOY WITH GUN
24. THE RELUCTANT WITNESS
25. THE RHYME AND THE REASON
26. THE NIGHTLIFERS

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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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