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Kessler (BBC-1 1981 with Clifford Rose and Alan Dobie)

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UK / BBC One / 6×50 minute episodes / Broadcast 13 November – 18 December 1981

Writer: John Brason / Producer: Gerard Glaister / Director: Tristan DeVere Cole

Thriller serial. Spin off from Secret Army. 35 Years after the end of World War II, a Belgian TV show producer discovers that prominent German businessman Manfred Dorff might just former SS Officer Ludwig Kessler, also interested in Kessler is German secret service agent Richard Bauer and israeli girl Mical Rak whose mother and family were sent to Auschwitz on Kessler’s orders.

As the net closes in on Kessler he is forced to flee to South America to join forces with other Nazis hiding out there including Mengele and Boorman. Kessler holds the key to the remaining Nazi fortune (which now numbers in the billions of deutschmarks thanks to Dorff Industries and investments). Kessler’s oldest colleague Colonel Hans Ruckert wants the money to keep the old Nazi faithful in comfort until the “Der Tag” (the day) when the party can rise again and Kessler’s daughter Ingrid is keen to convince him to give the money to her young organisation. Meanwhile as Bauer and Rak team up to track Kessler in South America the bodies are starting to pile up.

A brilliant idea this, take the much hated Kessler (superbly played by Clifford Rose) and tap into the then current idea of leading Nazis hiding out in South America and the like and turn it into a first rate thriller. Alan Dobie is his usual terrific self and Nitza Saul as Mical Rak is a great find – sexy and able to be tough when she needs to. Shame she didn’t do more UK film and TV. There is also a nice touch with the same Secret Army theme music and appearances in the first episode from Albert, Monique and Natalie (mainstays of SA) who get together to help confirm to Belgian TV producer Gidney that Dorff is indeed Kessler.

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Clifford Rose as Ludwig Kessler / Herr Dorff
Alan Dobie as Richard Bauer
Nitza Saul as Mical Rak
Ralph Michael as Colonel Hans Rückert
Alison Glennie as Ingrid
Nicholas Young as Franz

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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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