The Human Jungle
The Human Jungle

ABC Television Ltd., ITV weekend programme contractors for the Midlands and North, commissioned ‘The Human Jungle’ TV film series from Independent Artists (Television) Limited, of Beaconsfield Studios, Bucks.

This series of thirteen one-hour episodes is designed primarily for the United Kingdom television audience. The stories are based on the case histories of a London Psychiatrist – ‘Dr Roger Corder, M.D., D.P.M.’ of Harley Street, London, his young male assistant–Dr James Davis, a young female psychiatric social worker–Jane Harris, an attractive young secretary–Nancy Hamilton, and his teenage daughter–Jennifer.

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 producing the series. The starring role of ‘Dr Roger Corder’ is played by Herbert Lom, the distinguished Czech-born star of theatre and films. ‘Dr Davis’ is played by Michael Johnson, Jane Harris by Mary Steele, Nancy Hamilton by Mary Yeomans and Jennifer Corder by Sally Smith.

Writers on the series include John Kruse, David T. Chantler, Lewis Davidson, Leo Lieberman, Bill Mcllwraith and Robert Stewart.

The film directors include John Ainsworth, Sidney Hayers, Jimmy Hill, Vernon Sewell and Don Sharpe. The Art Director is Harry Pottle.

During the production of ‘The Human Jungle’, no concessions have been made to trans-Atlantic TV market requirements. All British actors portraying British parts play them with the natural home accent required by the locale. The total cost of the series, made entirely by ABC Television without partners of any kind, is approximately £300,000 for the first thirteen episodes.

Herbert Lom


was born in Prague, Czechoslovakia, in 1917, and started acting in his spare time from studies of languages and philosophy at Prague University. When suspected of being an ‘anti-Nazi’, he fled to England and continued his studies at Cambridge University. He learned English quickly and was awarded scholarships to three leading schools, the Embassy Theatre School, The Westminster School of Acting and The Amalgamated Sadlers Wells – Vic School. After studying at all three schools, he entered films where his first part was as ‘Napoleon’ in ‘The Young Mr Pitt’. He was to portray ‘Napoleon’ again in Vidor’s version of ‘War and Peace’. Always in great demand by producers, Herbert Lorn has played in more than fifty films and will always be remembered as the psychiatrist in ‘The Seventh Veil’ and as the phantom in ‘The Phantom of the Opera’. His most memorable stage part was the ‘King’ in ‘The King and I’ which ran for two years at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. Married, he has two sons. He likes to spend his weekends on his farm in Kent which specialises in growing Christmas trees. He collects paintings and pottery, both ancient and modern, composes music, has written several film scripts, is working on a stage-play and has recently formed his own production company. He has never previously appeared on television.