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The Plane Makers: The Old Boy Network

Uncategorised Posted on Sun, October 20, 2019 20:49:25

The 21 October 1963 episode of The Plane Makers offers a wry look at The Old Boy Network.

When 63 year old Ernie Wainwright (Bert Palmer) lets a new radar unit get smashed, Joseph Breen (Patrick McGee) gives him a week’s notice. “He’s cost this company more than he’ll ever make in his life, and all we can do is sack him!” fumes John Wilder (Patrick Wymark) as he orders the demonstration flight for African Airlines to be postponed.

Miss Lingard (Norma Ronald) takes a message

Unfortunately, junior executive Nigel Carr (Jeremy Burnham) comes in late with a hangover and doesn’t get the message until after he’d promised African Airlines a date for the test flight.

Union Rep Stan Wallace (Anthony Sagar) asks for Ernie to be given a second chance, and put on something easier. Breen turns him down; “If there’d been anything less responsible, he’d have been on it already!” Meanwhile, Wilder has used his personal connections with the radar company to get a replacement rushed through.

The next day, Nigel confesses to Wilder: “I think I’ve made the most appalling boob!” Wilder covers for Nigel by telling the chairman of African Airlines that the radar was damaged after Nigel made his promise.

But word gets out that management have covered for Nigel while sacking Ernie. Eddie Taylor (Richard Shaw), one of the skilled hands responsible for installing the radar equipment, tells Ernie, “They can’t just phone the Labour Exchange and get someone else to do my job. If me and a half dozen of my mates down tools, the whole factory stops.” For the full story on The Old Boy Network go here

The Criminal Remastered

Uncategorised Posted on Tue, October 15, 2019 20:42:20

Patrick Wymark‘s first movie, The Criminal (1960) has been released on a newly remastered Blu Ray and DVD by Studio Canal

Written by Alun Owen (A Hard Day’s Night) and directed by Joseph Losey (The Go-Between), The Criminal stars Stanley Baker as Johnny Bannion, an armed robber, released from prison with a get-rich-quick scheme.

You can read more about The Criminal here. The new release from Studio Canal comes with a comprehensive commentary by Kat Ellinger, which gives a lot of background information, exploring how Baker and Losey brought the film into being, the research done by Owen and some of the intentions behind the movie.

The Film Music of Gerard Schurmann

Uncategorised Posted on Sun, October 13, 2019 16:03:55

The Film Music of Gerard Schurmann (Chandos Records) includes music from a number of films which have resurfaced on Talking Pictures TV including Konga, Horrors of the Black Museum and Attack On The Iron Coast. More pertinently, it includes a 20 minute suite from Dr Syn, Alias The Scarecrow, in which Patrick Wymark plays the smuggler Joseph Ransley. As Disney continue to make the DVD unavailable* this is the closest you will come to experiencing the original.

Recorded in beautiful downtown Salford, by the BBC Philharmonic under Rumon Gamba, the CD represents Schurmann’s personal selection of his film work.Carolyn Nott’s informative 36 page booklet tells us that Schurmann’s score ranges from fast-moving action music for the chases, to a ‘warm, romantic melody’ for the Dr Syn theme.

Patrick Wymark’s character of Joseph Ransley gets a section of his own – Ransley’s Betrayal. Coerced by prosecutor Alan Dobie into betraying his fellow-smugglers, Ransley is found out and put on trial by the Scarecrow. As Carolyn Nott puts it, “Schurmann’s music reflects Wymark’s heartrending portrayal of Ransley, evoking feelings of anguish, and ending with a cry of despair.”

Cover art for the disc reflects another Talking Pictures TV favourite – Jack Hawkins in ‘The Long Arm’ (1956), which was Schurmann’s first full score. The disc also includes music from Claretta (1984) and The Gambler (1997) for which Schurmann was apparently chosen because he was “not a typical movie composer.” I’m not sure what that means – although I recall hearing Schurmann’s title music for Horrors Of The Black Museum before I’d seen the movie and thinking that it certainly didn’t sound like a horror movie. Perhaps that unpredictability is part of what Schurmann brings to his movies. The CD represents the full range of Schurmann’s colourful symphonic scores.

The Plane Makers: A Question of Sources

Uncategorised Posted on Mon, September 30, 2019 00:11:32
Douglas Muir and Patrick Wymark

With a fault discovered in the new Sovereign airliner, Scott-Furlong’s technicians work round the clock to find a solution. But when a man takes work home, where do you draw the line between dedication and security risk? “A Question of Sources” is the 30 September 1963 episode of ‘The Plane Makers

The Plane Makers: Too Much To Lose

Uncategorised Posted on Sun, September 15, 2019 23:17:10

16 September 1963 – The Plane Makers episode Too Much To Lose introduces John Wilder and his wife Pamela