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Richard Greene in The Adventures Of Robin Hood (ITV 1956-1960)

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“Robin Hood, Robin Hood, riding through the Glen, Robin Hood, Robin Hood, with his band of men”

Period action adventure series telling of the exploits of Robin Hood and his merry men as they try to outwit the evil Sheriff of Nottingham.

Blessed with a cracking theme tune by Dick James shis shot on film black and white adventure series helped start a trend in 1950’s TV in the UK, this was a purely family, sanatised version of the famous legend of the outlaw from the 12th century doing battle against the evil sheriff of Nottingham.

As with most of these ITC series filming was done at Nettlefield Studios, many of the sets were constructed on wheels to make the changes on the quick filming show easier.

Interestingly many of the scriptwriters on the show were black listed Hollywood screenwriters who had fled the McCarthy witch hunts. They were, however, forced to write their scripts under pseudonyms. The legendary Lindsay Anderson directed several episodes of the show too.

One aspect of the show that is quite amazing is the way that many of the regular characters changed faces at some point, for instance Will Scarlett was played by both Ronald Howard and Paul Eddington (Eddington in fact crops a number of times in different roles throughout the course of the series).

The show’s many imitators (most of which, it must be said, were made by the same company) included (all called The Adventures Of…) Sir Lancelot, William Tell, The Buccaneers and the Scarlet Pimpernel.

production details
UK / ITV Network-ITC-Sapphire / 143×30 minute episodes / Broadcast 1956-60 in Black and White

Executive Producer:Hannah Weinstein / Music: Dick James

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Richard Greene as Robin Hood
Alexander Gauge as Friar Tuck
Alan Wheatley as The Sheriff of Nottingham
Archie Duncan as Little John(1)
Rufus Cruickshank as Little John(2)
Bernadette O’Farrell as Maid Marion(1)
Patricia Driscoll as Maid Marion(2)
Paul Eddington as Will Scarlett(1)
Ronald Howard as Will Scarlett(2)
Hubert Gregg as Prince John(1)
Brian Haines as Prince John (2)
Donald Pleasance as Prince John(3)
Peter Asher as Prince Arthur (1)
Richard O’Sullivan as Prince Arthur(2)
Jonathan Bailey as Prince Arthur(3)
John Arnatt as Deputy Sheriff of Nottingham (1960)

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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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