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LOST TV: The Escape of R.D.7 (1961)

PostPosted: Sat May 23, 2020 5:05 pm
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With thanks to Shuzbot for unearthing this one..... :)


Virologist Dr Anna Hastings creates a virus, R.D.7, which she believes will wipe out rats. But after a lab assistant is bitten she is ordered to halt her work, and determined to finish her work takes to a remote boathouse in the Essex marshes to finish it. But when she too is infected by the virus, she is forced to ask the shady Patrice Constantine for help, and discovers that the infection might have begun to spread...



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All five episodes are believed to be lost.



No footage, of course, but here is Barbara Murray in the final episode of a later show, "The Power Game" (1969):






Re: LOST TV: The Escape of R.D.7 (1961)

PostPosted: Sat May 23, 2020 5:19 pm
by Cygnus Prime
The Escape of R.D.7: 1: Out of Hand
BBC Television, 21 November 1961 20.30
Synopsis
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A serial in five episodes by Thomas Clarke.
Starring Barbara Murray
with Jennifer Wright, Ellen Pollock, Derek Waring, Roger Croucher

Dr. Anna Hastings leaves the door of her laboratory unlocked. An intruder is bitten by a laboratory animal and the project to which Anna has dedicated her career is in jeopardy.
Contributors
Writer: Thomas Clarke
Producer: James Ormerod
Designer: Stephen Bundy
Film cameraman: Peter Hamilton
Film editor: Agnes Evan
Music: Eric Spear
Script based on an original idea by: James Parish
Dr Anna Hastings: Barbara Murray
Peter Warner: Roger Croucher
Tucker: Eddie Malin
Waiter: John Devaut
Head Waiter: Frank Littlewood
David Cardosa: Derek Waring
Dr Mary Carter: Ellen Pollock
Mrs Warner: Joan Newell
Peggy Butler: Jennifer Wright
Barman: John Caesar
Alan Fry: Basil Beale
George Warner: Victor Platt
Cafe Proprietor: Doel Luscombe
Mackie: Nigel Arkwright
Glass: Tony Bronte
P.S. Hanley: Patrick Connor


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The Escape of R.D.7: Episode 2: The Glass is Shattered
BBC Television, 28 November 1961 20.30
Synopsis
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A serial in five episodes by Thomas Clarke.
Starring Barbara Murray with Jennifer Wright, Ellen Pollock, Derek Waring, Roger Croucher
Contributors
Writer: Thomas Clarke
Producer: James Ormerod
Designer: Stephen Bundy
Film cameraman: Peter Hamilton
Film editor: Agnes Evan
Music: Eric Spear
Script based on an original idea by: James Parish
Dr Anna Hastings: Barbara Murray
Peter Warner: Roger Croucher
Police Sergeant: Bernard Goldman
Mrs Warner: Joan Newell
George Warner: Victor Platt
Tucker: Eddie Malin
Tucker's Assistant: John Moore
Dr Mary Carter: Ellen Pollock
David Cardosa: Derek Waring
Peggy Butter: Jennifer Wright
David's Secretary: Monica Evans
Laboratory Clerk: Ian Gardiner
Alan Fry: Basil Beale
Policeman: Raymond Hodge
P.C. Hanley: Patrick Connor
Cafe Proprietor: Doel Luscombe
Glass: Tony Bronte
Mackie: Nigel Arkwright
Det -Sgt Brady: Michael Collins
P.C. Crabtree: Robin Wentworth
Ticket Collector: Arthur Skinner
First Passenger: Fred Rawlings
Second Passenger: Fred Hugh
Dr Blenkinsop: Philip Holles


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The Escape of R.D.7: Episode 3: Twice Bitten
BBC Television, 5 December 1961 20.30
Synopsis
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A serial in five episodes by Thomas Clarke.
Starring Barbara Murray
with Jennifer Wright, Ellen Pollock, Derek Waring, Roger Croucher, Patrick Cargill
Peter Warner, accidentally infected by R.D.7, panicked when he discovered how dangerous the virus was. Anna, to win his trust and help with her experiments, has infected herself.
Contributors
Writer: Thomas Clarke
Producer: James Ormerod
Designer: Stephen Bundy
Music: Eric Spear
Script based on an original idea by: James Parish
Dr Anna Hastings: Barbara Murray
Peter Warner: Roger Croucher
Medical Officer of Health: Hamlyn Benson
Dr Harrington: William Fox
Dr Protheroe: John Dearth
Dr Blenkinsop: Philip Holles
Det -Sgt Brady: Michael Collins
Police Constable: Raymond Hodge
Ted Gloyer: Brian Weske
David Cardosa: Derek Waring
Dr Mary Carter: Ellen Pollock
Tucker: Eddie Malin
Photographer: Terence Brook
Newspaper Editor: Frank Sieman
Cafe Proprietor: Doel Luscombe
Mackie: Nigel Arkwright
Glass: Tony Bronte
Peggy Butler: Jennifer Wright
Patrice Constantine: Patrick Cargill


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The Escape of R.D.7: 4: The Trap
BBC Television, 12 December 1961 20.30
Synopsis
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A serial in five episodes by Thomas Clarke.
Starring Barbara Murray with Jennifer Wright, Ellen Pollock, Derek Waring, Roger Croucher, Patrick Cargill
Anna Hastings has fallen ill, virus R.D.7 the suspected cause. Because of a scandal she must leave her own laboratory and is forced to ask for the help of a sinister financier operating on the fringe of medicine. She is about to start tests on the cause of her illness when she learns she may not be the only one infected.
Contributors
Writer: Thomas Clarke
Producer: James Ormerod
Designer: Stephen Bundy
Music: Eric Spear
Script based on an original idea by: James Parish
Secretary: Soraya Rafat
Michael Rabinovitz: Paul Eddington
Patrice Constantine: Patrick Cargill
Mrs Warner: Joan Newell
George Warner: Victor Platt
Peter Warner: Roger Croucher
Dr Anna Hastings: Barbara Murray
Cafe Proprietor: Doel Luscombe
Mackie: Nigel Arkwright
Glass: Tony Bronte
Dr Blenkinsop: Philip Holles
Dr Harrington: William Fox
P.C. Crabtree: Robin Wentworth
Dr Mary Carter: Ellen Pollock
Tucker: Eddie Malin
Dr Protheroe: John Dearth
Dr Kent: George McGrath
Sir Charles Delman: Austin Trevor
Mr Bannard: Alec Ross
David Cardosa: Derek Waring
Peggy Butler: Jennifer Wright
Messenger: John Lewis
Porter: John Moore


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The Escape of R.D. 7: Episode 5: A Matter of Business
BBC Television, 19 December 1961 20.30
Synopsis
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A serial in five episodes by Thomas Clarke.
Starring Barbara Murray
with Jennifer Wright, Ellen Pollock, Derek Waring, Roger Croucher, Patrick Cargill
Anna Hastings is tortured by the suspicion that she is the cause of a nation-wide epidemic. Rejected by the medical profession, deserted by her friend Peter Warner, she accepts the dubious assistance of Patrice Constantine.
Contributors
Writer: Thomas Clarke
Producer: James Ormerod
Designer: Stephen Bundy
Music: Eric Spear
Script based on an original idea by: James Parish
Sir Charles Delman: Austin Trevor
Dr Harrington: William Fox
Patrice Constantine: Patrick Cargill
Michael Rabinovitz: Paul Eddington
Secretary: Soraya Rafat
Dr Anna Hastings: Barbara Murray
Mackie: Nigel Arkwright
Cafe Proprietor: Doel Luscombe
David Cardosa: Derek Waring
Dr Mary Carter: Ellen Pollock
Tucker: Eddie Malin
Peter Warner: Roger Croucher
Peggy Butler: Jennifer Wright
Mr Bannard: Alec Ross
Dr Protheroe: John Dearth
George Warner: Victor Platt
Mrs Warner: Joan Newell




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Re: LOST TV: The Escape of R.D.7 (1961)

PostPosted: Sat May 23, 2020 5:38 pm
by Cygnus Prime
http://www.startrader.co.uk/Action%20TV ... apeRD7.htm


The Escape Of RD7
BBC 1961
Out Of Hand
TX : 21st November 1961

Publicity : The Escape Of R.D.7 - Roger Croucher as Peter Warner and Barbara Murray as Doctor Anna Hastings in a new adventure serial with a scientific background: Suppose a scientist working on a large-scale medical research project stumbles on to something which suggests an exciting, entirely different line of research. Suppose she becomes obsessed with the idea and works on it in secret in the laboratory, her awareness of danger blunted by her single-minded pursuit of a discovery which could be invaluable to mankind … Such a scientist is Doctor Ann Hastings, whose strange story begins tonight in a new adventure series: The Escape Of R.D.7. Anna believes she is on the point of developing a virus like myxomatosis, which only a few years ago virtually wiped out the world's rabbit population. But her virus has a wider significance, for it is fatal to rats - and so could be decisive in the constant battle to kill off the carriers of plague. Success could bring her worldwide recognition, and when her almost fanatical devotion to her project brings her up against orthodox authority and a threatened end to her experiments, she rebels and continues on her own, heedless of the inherent risks of virus R.D.7. This unusual five-part serial has a markedly realistic flavour. James Ormerod, a young freelance producer who joined the BBC for The Escape of R.D.7, was himself involved in scientific research toward the end of the war. "Many scientists," he says, "have a private bee in their bonnet - and research people do often have an astonishingly single-minded attitude". Author Thomas Clarke has written two plays for BBC Television - A Game Of Eskimos and Nothing Is Forever - and lately he has been a script associate on the Berkely Mather series, You Can't Win. "Originally, Doctor Hastings was to have been a man," he says, "but when I visited research laboratories to check the background, I found that many of the research workers were women, and that the ones working in this field were mostly young and glamorous. So Doctor Hastings became a woman". Barbara Murray, playing Anna, heads a large cast which includes Jennifer Wright, Ellen Pollock and Derek Waring - with Roger Croucher as Warner, the young laboratory assistant who becomes the key to the R.D.7 experiment. (Radio Times, November 16, 1961).

Synopsis : Doctor Ann Hastings leaves the door of her laboratory unlocked. An intruder is bitten by a laboratory animal and the project to which Anna had dedicated her career is in jeopardy.

Notes : Episodes were originally transmitted 8:30pm to 9:15pm on BBC 1. Music for the series was composed and conducted by Eric Spear. This episode attracted 6.7 million viewers and was ranked the fifth most popular programme of the week.


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The Glass Is Shattered
TX : 28th November 1961
Publicity : Barbara Murray and Jennifer Wright in the second episode of The Escape of R.D.7: Experimenting secretly in the laboratory where she was officially working on medical research, Doctor Anna Hastings has discovered a myxomatosis-like virus, R.D.7, which she believes could be a decisive weapon in the world-wide battle against plague-bearing viruses. Ordered to stop her experiments when Warner, a young laboratory cleaner, blundered into her room and was bitten by a virus-infected rat, Anna rebelled and determined to continue on her own. Drugging Warner, she has taken him to a remote boathouse on the Essex marshes … In tonight's second episode of this exciting new adventure serial, Anna's chief at the laboratory discovers that rats and apparatus are missing, and the police become interested at the disappearance of Warner. To Anna the vital question is: will he react to the rat bite? Will the virus turn out to be fatal to human beings? For Barbara Murray, the part of Anna Hastings is a departure after a series of comedy roles. (She was last seen on BBC Television in Man And Superman). Playing a scientist for the first time, she visited several research laboratories to study the background. But while she learned to handle hypodermics and test tubes with conviction, she remains less than enthusiastic about the large rats which play so important a part in the life of Doctor Anna. On-screen, she deals with them with casual efficiency, but away from the studio: "I'm terrified of the things. They make my flesh creep!". (Radio Times, November 23, 1961).

Twice Bitten
TX : 5th December 1961

Synopsis : Peter Warner, accidentally infected by R.D.7, panicked when he discovered how dangerous the virus was. Anna, to win his trust and help with her experiments, has infected herself.

The Trap
TX : 12th December 1961

Synopsis : Anna Hastings has fallen ill, virus R.D.7 the suspected cause. Because of a scandal she must leave her own laboratory and is forced to ask for the help of a sinister financier operating on the fringe of medicine. She is about to start tests on the cause of her illness when she learns she may not be the only one infected.

A Matter Of Business
TX : 19th December 1961

Synopsis : Anna Hastings is tortured by the suspicion that she is the cause of a nationwide epidemic. Rejected by the medical profession, deserted by her friend Peter Warner, she accepts the dubious assistance of Patrice Constantine.



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Exploring the fears resident in the British public - particularly during the tensions inherent in the cold war - of a large-scale viral plague infection which poses a real and imminent threat to the nation was the essential basis from which The Escape Of R.D.7 launched itself in Autumn 1961. Scripwriter Thomas Clarke devised a storyline which took, at its heart, that the means justify the ends - and from a scientific point of view this can lead to the most deadly of outcomes.



Doctor Anna Hastings (Barbara Murray), a single-minded and determined scientist with a vision to develop a strand of myxomatosis which would prove lethal to rats and other plague-carrying vermin, is a classically-flawed professional who is determined to accomplish her task at any price. When a laboratory assistant is bitten by an infected rat and falls into a comatose state, the project she is working on comes under threat and she has to act decisively.



Spiriting the injured assistant off to a deserted boathouse in the Essex marshes where she wants to observe his degenerative state whilst continuing with her experiments (despite being officially ordered to cease all work and allow an investigative team to sift through the evidence of the circumstances surrounding the assistant's infection). In order to ensure that the assistant, Peter Warner (Roger Croucher) does not panic and rush from her captivity, she infects herself with the same virus to placate him and also assure him that she is determined to find a cure.

However, when she too falls ill from the infection and is prevented from continuing her work in the laboratory, she is forced to pursue the dubious path of seeking financial assistance from a questionable source - a source who can recognise the lucrative potential of a cure for a viral epidemic.

As local villagers and residents nearby the laboratory also being to exhibit symptoms of the infection, Doctor Hastings realises that she has indirectly become responsible for the epidemic in her pursuit of virus R.D.7, and that only a cure will secure her redemption. A potent exercise in exploiting the fears of people with regard to infectious viruses, The Escape Of R.D.7 was a remarkably diverting five-part drama serial which scored highly with viewers (the first episode ranking as the fifth most popular programme of the week).

The series, which explored issues of scientific blindness, determination and the dangers of failing to see "the bigger picture", featured notable supporting performances from the likes of Jennifer Wright, Derek Waring, Victor Platt and Paul Eddington, and was produced and directed by newcomer James Ormerod. The serial was never exported nor commercially released.



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