The Human Jungle (1963–1964)
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When she was younger Jean Forrest was a big name actress but now she lives in fear of ageing and attempts suicide - as a result of which she is brought to see Dr. Corder for his assessment.... See full summary »


Roy Ward Baker (as Roy Baker)


Bill MacIlwraith (story), Bill MacIlwraith (teleplay)


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Episode cast overview:
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
Margaret Lockwood ... Jean Forrest
James Villiers James Villiers ... Paul
Rona Anderson ... Sister Campbell
Basil Hoskins Basil Hoskins ... Richard
Doreen Dawn Doreen Dawn ... Margery
Jennifer White Jennifer White ... Pretty Nurse
Frances Cohen Frances Cohen ... Nurse
Terence Brook ... Reporter


When she was younger Jean Forrest was a big name actress but now she lives in fear of ageing and attempts suicide - as a result of which she is brought to see Dr. Corder for his assessment. Jean is hoping to make a stage comeback in the very near future but her ability to do so depends on the persuasion of Dr.Corder that she still has star quality. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Release Date:

19 October 1964 (UK) See more »

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Independent Artists See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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James Villiers receives a 'Guest Star' credit. See more »

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29 April 2012 | by howardmorleySee all my reviews

I thought I owned all the commercially available dvds/videos of Margaret Lockwood until I came across this episode originally shown on "The Human Jungle" TV series on BBC in 1964.Margaret would have been 48 at the time and this TV film seemed semi-autobiographical in part about an ageing actress too old to play the ingénue roles but too young for character parts.Her character, Jean Forrest, becomes depressed and suicidal, hence the need for psychiatry under Dr.Roger Corder (Herbert Lom).Margaret Lockwood actually died of cirrhosis in Kensington, London in 1990 and there is a road named after her at her home in Kingston-upon-Thames.Her character gets the press to smuggle in a bottle of spirits into her private hospital room,in return for an exclusive story.

James Villiers, (a distant ancestor/relation to Charles II), plays a young (24) ambitious theatre director trying to produce his first West-End play, but he has to cope with Jean's psychological problems first.Dr.Roger Corder has the brilliant notion of suggesting to James Villiers of casting Jean's ex-husband's wife (who bears a remarkable physical resemblance to her) in the lead role instead of Jean.This brings about the necessary mental equilibrium in Jean's mind after she comes to terms with her new readjusted self.

I rated this episode 7/10 and earmarked it in my Margaret Lockwood collection for seeing again.In someways she reminds me of my brunette wife - very independent and with an implacable will.

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