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Jericho (ITV-1 2005 with Robert Lindsay and David Troughton)

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Like an evening spent in a smoky Soho Jazz club, detective drama Jericho positively drips with the flavours of the late 1950’s. With its pukka opening titles and theme music that are reminiscent of an episode of Edgar Lustgarten’s Scotland Yard series Jericho also has oodles of period detail.

Robert Lindsay, who has scarcely put a foot wrong throughout his career is on fine form as Detective Inspector Michael Jericho, playing with a suitably laconic appeal that really suits the era, in 1958 of course the police were still very much seen as figures of authority and Jericho has a very confident air about him, quite happy to kick a door in where necessary but not the kind of copper who is quick to violence, Jericho actually has something of a troubled past, revealed in the second episode The Killing of Johnny Swan, involving his father, also a copper. He is also not doing himself any favours with his superiors by having an affair with a prostitute, Juliette, who lives in the flat below him.

Jericho has a pair of assistants in the shape of solid Sergeant Clive Harvey (the brilliant David Troughton) and new boy DC John Caldicott (Ciaran McMenamin) and plotwise the series manages to combine classic murder mystery with some interesting segue ways on life in Britain in the 1950’s, the first episode looks at the race issues then prevelent in Britain with the arrival of large numbers of West Indians and the second episode is sports led, focusing on a Roger Bannister-Chris Chataway style team of runners.

On 16 October ITV3 broadcast a 50 minute behind the scenes special (directly after the end of the broadcast on ITV1 of the first episode).

production details
UK / ITV-1 – WGBH Boston – Granada / 4×120 minute episodes / Broadcast 16 October to 6 November 2005

Writer: Stewart Harcourt / Script Editor: Kate McKerrell / Music: Dominik Scherrer / Executive Producers: Rebecca Eaton, Michele Buck, Damien Timmer / Producer: Cameron McAllister

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Robert Lindsay as Detective Inspector Michael Jericho
David Troughton as Detective Sergeant Clive Harvey
Nicholas Jones as AC Cherry
Ciaran McMenamin as John Caldicott
Lee Ross as Louis
Kellie Bright as Woman Police Constable Penny Collins
Aurelie Bergeme as Juliette
Brendon Coyle as Christie

THE EPISODES
1. A PAIR OF RAGGED CLAWS
2. THE KILLING OF JOHNNY SWAN
3. TO MURDER AND CREATE
4. THE HOLLOW MEN

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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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