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Wilde Alliance (ITV 1978, John Stride, Julia Foster)

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Wilde Alliance was a crime drama series with more than a little emphasis on comedy, especially of the Thin Man wise cracking kind. The show followed detective novelist Rupert Wilde and his wife Amy who can’t help getting involved in real life crime. The duo have a rather nice flat in a mansion in Yorkshire and Rupert drives a TR7 he also always seems to be having trouble finishing his latest book, much to the distress of his agent Christopher Bridgewater.

A fun easy going series with an emphasis on eccentricity (for example the Wilde’s neighbour Mr Bailey makes soft porn movies on the side) and quite often the cases the couple investigate are not your usual run of the mill murder mystery. Guest stars were pretty prominent too and included the likes of Isla Blair, Donald Burton, Judy Buxton, John Castle, Ed Bishop, Desmond Llewellyn and Diana Coupland.

Series creator Ian MacKintosh was also the brains behind the excellent series Warship and The Sandbaggers. He died in a mysterious plane crash.

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UK /ITV Network – Yorkshire / 13×60 minute episodes / Broadcast 17 January – 11 April 1978 / Tuesdays @ 9.00pm)

Creator/Producer: Ian Mackintosh / Executive Producer: David Cunliffe / Theme Music: Anthony Isaac

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JOHN STRIDE as Rupert Wilde
JULIA FOSTER as Amy Wilde
PATRICK NEWELL as Bailey
JOHN LEE as Christopher Bridgewater

THE EPISODES
1. QUESTION OF RESEARCH (Tuesday 17 January 1978)
2. FLOWER POWER (Tuesday 24 January 1978)
3. TOO MUCH TOO OFTEN (Tuesday 31 January 1978)
4. THINGS THAT GO BUMP (Tuesday 7 February 1978)
5. THE PRIVATE ARMY OF COLONEL STONE (Tuesday 14 February 1978)
6. DANNY BOY (Tuesday 21 February 1978)
7. WELL ENOUGH ALONE (Tuesday 28 February 1978)
8. EXPRESS FROM ROME (Tuesday 7 March 1978)
9. A GAME FOR TWO PLAYERS (Tuesday 14 March 1978)
10. TIME AND AGAIN (Tuesday 21st March 1978)
11. AFFRAY IN AMSTERDAM (Tuesday 28th March 1978)
12. A SUSPICION OF SUDDEN DEATH (Tuesday 4th April 1978)
13. SOME TRUST IN CHARIOTS (Tuesday 11th April 1978)

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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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