ABC TELEVISION, Teddington Studios : Broom Road, Teddington, Middlesex Teddington Lock 33252 – Barry Wynne Publicity Manager
HERBERT LOM ON TELEVISION FOR FIRST TIME
AS PSYCHIATRIST ‘DR. ROGER CORDER’
Every woman will be captivated, every man intrigued by HERBERT LOM as Harley Street psychiatrist. Dr. Roger Corder, M.D., D.P.M. That is the promise made to viewers when ABC Television presents its new one-hour TV fi lm series ‘THE HUMAN JUNGLE’ at 10.05p.m. on Saturday night, March 30th. (All ITA Stations except Grampian and Scottish TV. Grampian start to show the series weekly at 10. 35 p.m. from Saturday, April 6th. Scottish TV screen the series weekly at 10.40 p.m. from Saturday, May 4th onwards).
‘THE HUMAN JUNGLE’ is being made entirely by ABC Television without partners of any kind and is costing approximately £300,000 for the first thirteen episodes. It is still in production at Beaconsfield Studios.
JULIAN WINTLE and LESLIE PARKYN, the well-known feature film-makers who have been responsible for such recent successes as ‘This Sporting Life’, ‘The Fast Lady’, ‘Waltz Of The Toreadors’ and ‘Crooks Anonymous’, are the producers of ‘THE HUMAN JUNGLE’ which is designed primarily for the United Kingdom audience.
The writers include JOHN KRUSE, DAVID T. CHANTLER, LEWIS DAVIDSON, LEO LIEBERMAN, BILL MacILWRAITH and ROBERT STEWART.
The film directors include JOHN AINSWORTH, SIDNEY HAYERS, JIMMY HILL, VERNON SEWELL and DON SHARPE. The art director is HARRY POTTLE.
HERBERT LOM is seen in every episode of ‘THE HUMAN JUNGLE’, starring as ‘Dr. Roger Corder’. The regular cast includes SALLY SMITH, who plays his daughter ‘Jennifer Corder’; MICHAEL JOHNSON as Dr. Corder’s young male assistant, ‘Dr. James Davis’; MARY STEELE as ‘Jane Harris’, a young woman psychiatric social worker and MARY YEOMANS as Dr. Corder’s secretary, ‘Nancy Hamilton’.
The guest stars are the patients, young and old, rich and poor, who come to Dr. Corder with a wide range of human problems.
Although the series is based on the case histories of Dr. Corder, the scenes are not confined to his consulting rooms in Harley Street. As a top man in his profession, Dr. Corder is required to travel a great deal, both at home and abroad, not only to treat the mentally sick, but also to examine candidates for higher executive posts, advise the War Office upon aspects of psychological warfare and give evidence before courts where the sanity of criminals or witnesses is in doubt.
In the first episode of ‘THE HUMAN JUNGLE’ called ‘THE VACANT CHAIR’, to be screened on March 30th, the guest stars are LLOYD LAMBLE, RONALD LEIGH-HUNT, DELPHI LAWRENCE and HAZEL HUGHES. Dr. Corder is asked by a Northern steel works to recommend one member of the Board of Directors for promotion to Managing Director. As he investigates the claims of each candidate, Dr. Corder is subjected to pressures which are unusual – even for a psychiatrist.
The second episode of the series, screened on April 6th – is called ‘THE FLIP-SIDE MAN’, JESS CONRAD is the guest star. He plays ‘Danny Pace’, an overworked and confused pop singer who imagines that he is being followed everywhere by his ‘double’. The emotional strain is unnerving him. Four new songs were specially written for JESS CONRAD to sing as ‘Danny Pace’. Entitled ‘Downtown Tonight’, ‘I Don’t Care What People Say’, ‘It’s About Time’ and ‘One of These Days’, they have been composed by GORDON MILLS, one of the ‘Viscounts’ musical group.
The third episode, called ‘RUN WITH THE DEVIL’ will be screened on April 13th. DEREK FARR is the guest star who plays ‘Frank Hewitt’, a member of a strict religious sect who is overwhelmed by a tremendous personal guilt complex. His wife disappears and Hewitt loses his memory. Dr. Corder tries to open his sealed mind.
The fourth episode ‘THIN ICE’ is screened on April 20th. JANINA FAYE portrays a leading amateur ice-skater, ‘Verity Clarke’ who insists that she cannot skate any more after a slight accident while winning a skating championship. Medical examination reveals no broken bones or pulled muscles. Her father sues the ice rink for damages. The Manager asks Dr. Corder to determine whether Verity is lying.
The theme music of ‘THE HUMAN JUNGLE’, has been specially composed by BERNARD EBBINGHOUSE and is played by JOHN BARRY and his Orchestra.