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Life And Death Of Penelope, The (ITV 1976, Antony Brown, Colin Rix)

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In crime drama serial The Life And Death Of Penelope the police investigate the murder of a young woman, the Penelope of the title, who is found dead floating in the Thames. Each episode focused on a different aspect of the investigation in a realistic attempt to draw up a picture of the girl.

Penelope was the twenty three year old daughter of a solicitor. Working at a publishers she disappeared after failing to show at a party. As the investigation began the chief suspect seems to be farmer Tom Crispin. He admits to seeing Penelope before she was killed but says she was with a man. By the final episode though there were at least six main suspects including bad boy Sean McDermott, Penelope’s friend Imogen, political agitator Joe Finer who ran a group that Penelope was involved in and even Penelope’s father Mr Dyer who seemed to be unnaturally jealous of the men in her life.

Richard Heffer, who played farmer Tom Crispin in the series, said in the TV Times of 24 Jan 1976 that making the series was an intriguing process “when we were making it nobody, including myself or even the director, knew who the murderer would turn out to be. It was as if we were involved in a real murder inquiry.”

Based on a newspaper story of the time.

Life And Death Of Penelope

Key suspects in the case of who killed Penelope… Sean McDermott, Nigel Priestman, Mr Dyer, Penelope’s friend Imogen, psychiatrist Dr Lewis Clarke and political group leader Joe Finer. 

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“down to you and to me to find the man who killed Penelope Dyer” – Chief Superintendent Lane briefs his squad.

production details
UK / ITV Network-Thames / 6×60 minute episodes / 7 January – 11 February 1976 Wednesdays @ 9:00pm

Creator and Producer: Michael Chapman / Story editor: Tony Holland / Designers: Mike Hall, David Richens / Director: David Wickes

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Antony Brown as Det. Chief Supt. Lane
Matthew Long as Det-Sgt. Fishlock
Patsy Smart as Mrs Greaves
Jon Laurimore as Cooper
Colin Rix as Thames Div Sgt
Prentis Hancock as Sean McDermott
Charles Keating as Major Nigel Priestman
Michael Turner as Dr Lewis-Clarke
Don Hawkins as Joe Finer
Miranda Bell as Penelope
Alan MacNaughtan as Mr Dyer
Sheila Ruskin as Belinda
Michael Zorba as Head Waiter
Bernice Stegers as Imogen
Howard Southern as Police Surgeon
Gwen Cherrell as Evelyn Dyer

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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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