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The Plane Makers (TV Series 1963–1965) Poster

(1963–1965)

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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.
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Scott Furlong was loosely based on Handley Page Ltd., a small Hertfordshire aircraft manufacturing company formed in 1909, and which went into voluntary liquidation in 1970. Producer Rex Firkin instructed writers Geoffrey Bellman and John Whitney to prepare a document on the firm, which was given to prospective writers as an example of the set-up.
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Ann Firbank temporarily replaced Barbara Murray as Pamela Wilder when the original actress was unable to attend recordings whilst recovering from a health-related incident. Firbank made all four of Pamela's appearances in the final run, before the original actress resumed the role later in the year in continuation series The Power Game (1965).
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Scott Furlong's pioneering passenger aircraft was the Sovereign.
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Sixteen out of the seventeen editions made for the first series are not known to survive in the archives. The sole exception is the opener, "Don't Worry About Me".
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The character of John Wilder made Patrick Wymark into something of a star. "The Plane Makers" and "The Power Game" would be the actor's everlasting legacy.
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Judging by the only existing episode from the first season, "The Plane Makers" began as a different series with a different cast of actors/characters.
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Despite being given top billing, Patrick Wymark was absent from a few episodes. In addition, there were storylines which weren't tailor-made for him and he only had limited screen time.
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