The Human Jungle (1963–1964)
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Jan and Rita Zapotski are a young couple who are still living with both of their sets of parents, a situation which is taking its toll on Jan, who feels frustrated and emasculated as a ... See full summary »

Director:

James Hill

Writers:

John Kruse (story), John Kruse (teleplay)
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Herbert Lom ... Doctor Roger Corder M. D., D. P. M.
Michael Johnson Michael Johnson ... Dr. Jimmy Davis
Sally Smith Sally Smith ... Jennifer
Mary Yeomans Mary Yeomans ... Nancy Hamilton (credit only)
Jeremy Spenser ... Jan Zapotski
Catherine Feller ... Rita Zapotski
Meier Tzelniker Meier Tzelniker ... Ruben Zapotski
Hana Maria Pravda ... Millie Zapotski (as Hana Pravda)
Arnold Diamond ... Nathan Blom
Irene Prador Irene Prador ... Lily Blom
Joy Shelton ... Miss Noble
Rosamund Greenwood Rosamund Greenwood ... Mrs. Carmody
Alan Haines Alan Haines ... Inspector
Derek Murcott ... Sergeant
Garth Adams Garth Adams ... Constable
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Jan and Rita Zapotski are a young couple who are still living with both of their sets of parents, a situation which is taking its toll on Jan, who feels frustrated and emasculated as a result. He starts smashing windows to draw attention to his discontent. It is down to Dr. Corder to sort him out, to find out his underlying motives and point him to a happy future in which he can be a master in his own house. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Drama

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 June 1963 (UK) See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Closing credits: All characters and events in this teleplay are fictitious. Any similarity to actual events or persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental. See more »

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Bold themes for early 1960s TV
20 October 2017 | by Boycemaxblues70See all my reviews

This series is being re-shown on UK TV by the wonderful Talking Pictures channel. Exploration of the inner mind as subject matter was not uncommon in the early sixties but the background elements to this particular episode were brave and challenging, even though in the end it could not combat the then stereotypes of how characters born outside of the UK should be portrayed. Also, the need to produce an ending that satisfied the hour length format no matter how ambiguous or contrived.

Beyond this though, I was impressed to find the themes of self-loathing and self-harm clearly identified and examined within the setting of a family structure influenced by the forced exodus of Jews from Poland.

This is worth a look, at least to credit the writer for tackling downbeat themes when most TV series at the time were light entertainment. I noticed that he later went on to write the popular comedy series Two's Company.


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