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Moody and Pegg (ITV 1974-75 with Judy Cornwell and Derek Waring)

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Comedy drama series Moody and Pegg took the old chestnut of two mismatched people having to get on with each other after being forced to share a flat together. The series begins Daphne Pegg, disillusioned in love, heading to London from Bolton to take up a new job. She thinks she has a valid lease on a flat in the city however womanising antiques dealing Roland Moody also has a valid lease for the flat – unable to come to a new arrangement the pair reluctantly agree to move in together.

In best Odd Couple style Daphne and Roland are constantly rubbing each other up the wrong way, Daphne can’t abide Moody’s womanising ways and Moody is none too pleased with some of Daphne’s friends not least the the late night cello playing George. As the first season ended Moody had decided to move out after losing his lease in a game of poker, he quickly returned for the second batch of six episodes though. The second season saw the duo edging towards a romantic relationship but just as it looked like romance was on the cards Daphne met the well off Jim who proposed marriage only to jilt her at the altar.

An excellent series Moody and Pegg was written by actor Donald Churchill and Julia Jones although rarely in the same room and sometimes not even in the same country. There is a really nice dynamic between Judy Cornwell (who is a complete revelation if you are only familiar with her from Keeping Up Appearances) and Derek Waring and there are also prominent roles for the excellent Denis Lill, Peter Denyer, Tony Selby and Adrienne Posta. The theme tune is just plain gorgeous too.

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UK | ITV Network – Thames

RUNNING TIME: 60 minutes | NUMBER OF EPISODES: 12 | AIRDATES: 29 July 1974 – 28 August 1975

CREATORS: Julia Jones, Donald Churchill | STORY EDITOR: June Roberts | PRODUCER: Robert Love

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DEREK WARING as Roland Moody
JUDY CORNWELL as Daphne Pegg
PETER DENYER as George
DENIS LILL as Jim
FRANCES BENNETT as Monica Bakewell
SHEILA KEITH as Auntie Ethel
TONY SELBY as Sid
ADRIENNE POSTA as Iris
LOUISE HALL TAYLOR as Miranda

THE EPISODES
SEASON ONE 29 July – 9 September 1974
1. HIS OR HERS?(29 Jul 1974)
2. SHE: THE DIPLOMAT (5 Aug 1974)
3. HE: THE LOVER (12 Aug 1974)
4. SHE: THE BELLE OF THE BALL (19 Aug 1974)
5. HE: THE GO BETWEEN (2 Sep 1974)
6. HIS AND HERS (9 Sep 1974)

SEASON TWO 24 July – 28 August 1975
1. FULL HOUSE (24 Jul 1975)
2. ROLAND’S LADIES (31 Jul 1975)
3. DAPHNE AND ROLAND: AT HOME (7 Aug 1975)
4. DAPHNE: THE PRIMITIVE (14 Aug 1975)
5. THE PLUMBER’S MATE (21 Aug 1975)
6. THE PROPOSAL (28 Aug 1975)

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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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