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Mar 15, 2015

Screen Two: The Absence Of War (BBC-2 1995 with John Thaw and Richard Pasco)

UK / BBC Two / 1×105 minute episode / Broadcast 1995

Writer: David Hare / Costumes: Hazel Pethig / Producer: Simon Curtis / Executive Producer: George Faber / Director: Richard Eyre

Series: Screen Two / Season 13 Episode 5

Political drama. Labour leader George Jones battles with his party on the campaign trail of a general election. Based on Hare’s successful play which also starred Thaw in the lead and screened as part of the BBC’s Screen Two strand of high profile stand alone dramas.

Hare began writing plays after founding an experimental theatre group in the late 1960′s, initially setting himself up as director his writing very quickly eclipsed his [...]

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Mar 15, 2015

Gala Night At The Mayfair (ITV 1955 with Leslie Mitchell)

ITV Network-Associated Rediffusion-ABC / 1×15 minute episode / Broadcast Thursday 22 September 1955 @ 10.15pm

Another of the shows broadcast on ITV’s opening night, this short production focused on the fashion houses of London and was introduced by Leslie Mitchell with commentary from Mary Hill.


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Mar 15, 2015

Above Suspicion 2: The Red Dahlia (ITV 2010 with Kelly Reilly and Ciaran Hinds)

UK | ITV1 Network

RUNNING TIME: 60 minutes | NUMBER OF EPISODES: 3 | AIRDATES: 4 – 6 January 2010

WRITER: Lynda La Plante | DIRECTOR: Gillies MacKinnon

In the second three part Above Suspicion story that is The Red Dahlia rising DC Anna Travis is once again teamed with DCI James Langton in another unmissable but occasionally downright gruesome murder mystery. It begins with the discovery of the body of a young woman by the Thames River found in a style that seems to echo the famous unsolved 1947 Los Angeles murder case that was dubbed the Black Dahlia by the press.

Langton insists on a press embargo on the horrific nature of the injuries, but a cleaned-up [...]

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Mar 15, 2015

About The Home (BBC 1951-1958 with Barry Bucknell and Jasmine Bligh)

UK / BBC / 1951-1958 black and white

Producer: S. E. Reynolds

Back in the 1950′s the afternoon show was very much a fledging thing, tv producers though were quick to capitalise on the fact that housewives were probably going to be their core audience, so About the Home which emerged on the BBC in 1951 was all about improving your domestic skills and covered everything from shopping, deportment and sometimes even training a puppy.

Joan Gilbert was the main host but other involved included Barry Bucknell (who provided DIY tips and quickly gained his own show. Do It Yourself in 1957 and embarked on a long TV career through the fifties and sixties); Gardening tips [...]

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Mar 15, 2015

Inside Man (ITV 1969 with Frederick Jaegar and Robin Ellis)

UK | ITV Network – London Weekend Television

RUNNING TIME: 60 minutes | NUMBER OF EPISODES: 12 | AIRDATES: 17 January – 4 April 1969

PRODUCER: David Cunliffe | EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Derek Granger

Intriguing crime drama series The Inside Man focused on the work of criminologist Dr James Austin who is drafted into working for the British government on cases usually involving defecting Russian diplomats or members of the secret service who have returned from the Eastern bloc damaged in some way or with secrets to hide. Austin’s skill gave him a particular knack to get right to the heart of the matter.

The series gave the likable Frederick Jaegar a rare leading [...]

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Mar 11, 2015

Woman’s Guide To Adultery (ITV 1993 with Theresa Russell and Sean Bean)

UK | ITV Network – Carlton


WRITER: Frank Cottrell Boyce | NOVEL: Carol Clewlow | PRODUCER: Beryl Vertue | DIRECTOR: Sid Hayman.

Raunchy drama serial A Woman’s Guide to Adultery was based on the novel by Carol Clewlow and dealt with the convoluted love lives of three couples. The casting was fabulous and very high profile with Sean Bean in the lead and American film star Theresa Russell also taking one of the major roles.


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Mar 11, 2015

A Woman Of Substance (Channel 4 1985 with Jenny Seagrove and Deborah Kerr)

UK / Channel 4 – Portman / 3×96 minute episodes / AIRDATES: 2 – 4 January 1985

Writer: Lee Langley / Novel: Barbara Taylor Bradford / Producer: Diane Baker

Period drama serial A Woman of Substance was a massive hit for Channel 4 in it’s earliest years and was set at the turn of the Twentieth Century where Yorkshire lass Emma Harte rises from her poverty stricken background to become a millionairess department store owner.

The series began with the older Emma Harte then switched to flashback mode to tell the story of her rise to power. This was a real all star cast classic mini series with Deborah Kerr and Jenny Seagrove playing Emma old and young and a youngish [...]

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Mar 10, 2015

Gentleman’s Relish (BBC-1 2001 with Billy Connolly and Sarah Lancashire)

UK | BBC1 – Stock Prod. – Principal Pictures

RUNNING TIME: 90 minutes | NUMBER OF EPISODES: 1 | AIRDATE: Monday 1 January 2001 @ 9.20pm

WRITER: David Nobbs | BASED ON THE NOVEL: Kingdom Swann by Miles Gibson | PRODUCER: Martyn Auty, Sarah Boote | PHOTOGRAPHY CONSULTANT: Mark Dorman | COSTUMES: James Keast | MUSIC: Julian Nott / PRODUCTION DESIGN: Malcolm Thornton / CAMERA: Gavin Finney / EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Geoffrey Perkins, Mike Slee, Jim Reeve | DIRECTOR: Douglas Mackinnon

Lavish period comedy drama Gentlemen’s Relish carried bags of charm with it’s tale set in Edwardian London and story of photographer Kingdom Swann who begins a series of tastefully nude [...]

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