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The Plane Makers 

The day-to-day story of a multi-million pound aerospace company, its new jet plane, its test-pilot, its workers and its ruthless and hard-nosed managing director John Wilder, the embodiment of modern, unflinching capitalism.
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Cast

Series cast summary:
Jack Watling ...  Don Henderson 28 episodes, 1963-1965
Patrick Wymark ...  John Wilder 27 episodes, 1963-1965
Norma Ronald ...  Kay Lingard 24 episodes, 1963-1965
Reginald Marsh Reginald Marsh ...  Arthur Sugden / ... 19 episodes, 1963-1964
Robert Urquhart Robert Urquhart ...  Henry Forbes 17 episodes, 1963-1965
Norman Tyrrell Norman Tyrrell ...  Sir Gordon Revidge 13 episodes, 1963-1965
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The day-to-day story of a multi-million pound aerospace company, its new jet plane, its test-pilot, its workers and its ruthless and hard-nosed managing director John Wilder, the embodiment of modern, unflinching capitalism.

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 February 1963 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Den stora fabriken See more »

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Runtime:

(58 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

At the pre-production stage, the initial idea of a factory setting was dismissed by the Independent Broadcasting Authority (the show could not be seen to promote products advertised on ITV). Thus limited, the setting was to be either the world of aeronautics or shipbuilding, with the former being selected by ATV as location-work would be far easier to shoot for an aviation-related project. See more »

Connections

Followed by The Power Game (1965) See more »

Soundtracks

Citizens Of The World: March
(uncredited)
Composed by Trevor Duncan
Performed by The New Concert Orchestra
[Series theme tune for second and third seasons]
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Sustains the drama - and holds interest even today
15 April 2018 | by aejmSee all my reviews

Was unaware of this show until I saw The Power Game, which is the series that follows it - and includes several of the major characters including John Wilder played by the outstanding Patrick Wymark who sadly passed away MUCH too young at the age of 50 in 1970. I am half way through the Plane Makers on DVD. After a choppy start, the series really hits its stride. Very adult and sophisticated stories jumping between office politics, union issues, business challenges, and of course personal relationships. Of its time but what is most surprising is its sustained quality - it holds the interest even today. Characters are well drawn and interesting, stories are tight and well crafted. Acting is quite naturalistic and therefore unlike some other more stagey fare of the time, really survives the test of time. And going back to Patrick Wymark - both in this and the Power Game, John Wilder and later Sir John Wilder - is a very interesting character. There is something very special about Wymark. And although almost 50 years since he passed - very sad that we did not have the opportunity to have more of him.


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