The UK TV Drama Guide
All dramas starting with the letter B. This is part five and takes you from Blooming Youth to Boy in Darkness.
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BBC / 1x75m-e / 1973
Writer/Director: Les Blair
Semi improvised drama. The problems of four people sharing a flat.
With:- COLIN HIGGINS / PHILIP JACKSON / PETER KINLEY / LYDIA LISLE
BBC ‘Festival’ / 1x / 1964
Writer: Allan McClelland / Novel:Ullysses by James Joyce / Producer: Peter Luke / Director: Henric Hirsch
Drama. 24 eccentric hours in the life of Leopold Bloom.
With:- MILO O’SHEA as Leopold Bloom
BBC / 1x85m-e / 1989
Writer: Robin Chapman / Director: Robert Young
Comedy drama. After visiting a prostitute a prominent MP finds himself being blackmailed.
With:- TIMOTHY WEST / JILL BAKER / STEPHEN MOORE / MAGGIE O’NEILL
BLOTT ON THE LANDSCAPE
BBC2 / 6x50m-e / 1985 6 Feb – 13 Mar Wed 9.00pm
Writer: Malcolm Bradbury / Novel:Tom Sharpe / Producer: Evgeny Gridneff / Director: Roger Bamford
Comedy drama serial. Sir Giles Lynchwood MP plans to authourise a new bypass to be built right through the heart of his hated wife’s ancestral home. His gardener Blott launches a plan to stop him.
With:- GEORGE COLE as Sir Giles Lynchwood MP / GERALDINE JAMES as Lady Maud Lynchwood / DAVID SUCHET as Blott / JULIA McKENZIE as Mrs Forthby / SIMON CADELL as Dundridge / GEOFFREY BAYLDON as Ganglion / PAUL BROOKE as Hoskins / JEREMY CLYDE as Denster / JIMMY NAIL
BBC1 / 16x50m-e / 1986-87
Creator: Paul Wheeler / Choreography: Anthony Van Laast / Executive Producer: Richard Bates
Period drama series. The true story of Margaret Kelly who rose from a poor background to found her own Bluebell Dance Troupe in Paris.
With:- CAROLYN PICKLES as Margaret Kelly / PHILIP SAYER as Marcel Leibovici / ANNIE LAMBERT as Helen / MICHAEL N. HARBOUR as Paul / GERALDINE NEWMAN as Emily
THE BLUE BOY
BBC2 / 1x65m-e / 1995
Writer/Director: Paul Munton / Producer: Kate Swan
Spooky drama. A couple expecting their first child spend some time in the Scottish Highlands and find the past creeping up on them.
With:- EMMA THOMPSON as Marie Bonner / ADRIAN DUNBAR as Joe Bonner / ELEANOR BRON as Christine / DAVID HOROVITCH as Robert / JOANNA ROTH as Beth / PHYLLIDA LAW as Marie’s Mother
LWT / 1x80m-e / 1982
Writer: Stewart Parker / Director: Colin Bucksey
Comedy drama. When a taxi driver finds a suitcase full of money left in his cab he uses it try and finance his dreams of becoming a rock star.
With:- TIM CURRY / DEBBY BISHOP / BILLY CONNELLY
Carlton / 1x120m-e / 2000 (23 February – Wednesday 9.00pm)
Writer: Nick Collins / Music: Colin Towns / Design: Frank Conway / Costume Design: James Keast / Camera: Daf Hobson / Producer: Christopher Hall / Director: Paul Unwin
Thriller. Detective Sergeant Adam Ross begins an affair with the married Gale Francombe, the pair begin a plot to murder Gale’s husband.
With:- Gary Mavers as Adam Ross / Jemma Redgrave as Gale Francombe / Emma Cuniffe as Ness / Tom Woodward as Ben Francombe / Kevin McMonagle as Pascoe / Flaminia Cinque as Carla / Claire Cox as Jenny / Ken Bones as Henstock / Philip Joseph as Adam’s Father / Sean McGinley as Shelley / Julie Bramall as Abbey
ITV1 / 2x90m (pilot), 4x90m / 18-19 May 2003 (pilot), started 6 Sept 2004 (series)
Writer: Cath Staincliffe / Director: Paul Wrolewski (pilot), Pip Broughton (series) / Executive Producer: Carolyn Reynolds / Producer: Hugh Warren
DCI Janine Lewis is in charge of a murder investigation team and has to juggle her busy career with the life of being a single mum after her amicable separation from her husband. There was a two-part pilot in 2003 in which Janine (then newly promoted) has to solve the high profile case of a murdered deputy headmaster.
CAROLINE QUENTIN as DCI Janine Lewis / IAN KELSEY as DI Richard Mayne / DAVID SCHOFIELD as DCS Hackett / PAUL LOUGHRAN as DS Butchers / NICHOLAS MURCHIE as DS Shap
Pilot only: GILIAN KEARNEY as Lesley Tulley / RACHEL GRANT as DS Chen
BLUE REMEMBERED HILLS
BBC / 1x70m-e / 1979
Writer: Dennis Potter / Producer: Kenith Trodd
Period drama. In the 1930’s a group of children spend a summer playing in woods near their homes until their lives are touched by tragedy. One of the key Dennis Potter utilising one of his favourite techniques of having the roles of the children all played by adult actors.
With:- HELEN MIRREN as Angela / ROBIN ELLIS as John / COLIN WELLAND as Willie / MICHAEL ELPHICK as Peter / COLIN JEAVONS as Donald Duck / JOHN BIRD as Raymond / JANINE DUVITSKI as Audrey
BBC / 1x85m-e / 1986
Writer: Robin Chapman / Director: John Glenister
Period drama. The true story surrounding the facts of the infamous Cambridge spy ring.
With:- IAN RICHARDSON / ANTHONY HOPKINS / MICHAEL WILLIAMS / ROSIE KERSLAKE
BOB AND MARGARET
C4/Nelvana/Global/ Comedy Central / 16x30m-e / 1998-99
Script Consultants: David Freedman, Alan Gilbey / Theme Music: Patrick Godfrey / Executive Producers: Michael Hirsh, Patrick Lombert, Clive Smith, Alison Snowden, David Fine.
Animated sitcom. Suburban tales of married couple Bob and Margaret.
Voices:- ANDY HAMILTON as Bob / ALISON SNOWDEN as Margaret / Plus Steve Coogan, Chris Emmett, Doon Mackichan, Trevor Cooper, Sarah Hedland, Steve Brady and Peter Baynham.
BOB HOPE’S ROYAL BIRTHDAY PARTY
ITV / 1985 6 June – Thursday 7.30pm
Light entertainment. Birthday celebrations (his 82nd) at the Lyric Theatre for Bob Hope in front of the Duke of Edinburgh. Guests were Rowan Atkinson, Ray Alan, Charlton Heston, Michael Caine, Chevy Chase, Duran Duran, Julio Iglesias, Ben Kingsley, The Muppets, Mike Yarwood, Debbie Reynolds, Spike Milligan, Phyllis Diller.
Granada / 12x45m-e / 2000-2001
Writers/Producers: Bob Mills, Jeff Pope / Music: Graham Jarvis / Costume: Janet Benge / Executive Producer: Andy Harries / Director: Tony Dow
Comedy drama series. Top game show host Bob Martin is not so cocksure off screen (but is alos prepared to stop at nothing to get what he wants). Very Larry Sanders, and also heavily influenced by comedian Bob Mills’ previous attempt to do a real Larry Sanders, this was called The Show.
With:- MICHAEL BARRYMORE as Bob Martin / DENIS LAWSON as Greg / KEITH ALLEN as Vinnie / DEBORAH GRANT as Paula / VALERIE HOLLIMAN as Jean / MICHAEL LANCASTER as Timmy / TRACY-ANN OBERMAN as Beverly
BBC / 16x60m / 2004-2005 (Series 1 BBC3: 23 June – 27 July / Series 2: BBC2 started 24 September 2005)
Writer/Producer: Jed Mercurio / Director: John Strickland
Medical drama series. Doctors and nurses in a maternity unit become increasingly concerned that their boss Roger Hurley is not as competent as he should be with difficult cases – but they find that reporting his failings to senior management is not as easy or as welcome as it should be. Initially shown on the BBC’s digital only channel BBC3 (you could only access the channel if you had a digital set top box or integrated TV) it later got a network repeat on BBC2 which could be seen by the whole country on 10 November 2004.
With:- MAX BEESLEY as Rob Lake / PATRICK BALADI as Roger Hurley / NEVE McINTOSH as Donna Rix / KEITH ALLEN as Tony Whitman / TAMZIN MALLESON as Polly Grey / SUSAN LYNCH as Maria Orton / PREEYA KALIDAS as Maya Dutta / INGEBORGA DAPKUNAITE as Katya Bredova / SIMON LOWE as Tim Sibley
C4 / 1×60, 1x105m / 14-15 October 2002
Writer: Tony Grounds / Director: Joe Wright / Producer: Catherine Wearing
Drama. Mitchel Greenfield is having a bad time – he loses his job, discovers his wife has been unfaithful, his elderly father is dying and his parents have decided to end their lives together in a suicide pact.
With:- TIMOTHY SPALL as Mitchel Greenfield / LESLEY MANVILLE as Mandy Greenfield / SADIE THOMPSON as Nic Greenfield / ANNETTE CROSBIE as Sheila Greenfield / GEORGE COLE as Sidney Greenfield
BODY AND SOUL
ITV / 4x60m-e / 1994
Executive Producer: Linda James, Jenny Reeks / Producer: Jacky Stoller / Director: Moira Armstrong
Drama serial. Anna Gibson has been shut away in a convent in the Welsh hills for 16 years. When her brother Simon dies tragically she is forced to leave the convent to assist her pregnant sister-in-law. Her biggest challenge is to prevent the family textile business from going bankrupt. When Anna returns to the convent – where she is known as Sister Gabriel – she receives a mixed reception from the other sisters.
With:- Kristin S Thomas as Sister Gabriel/Anna Gibson / Amanda Redman as Lynn Gibson / Anthony Valentine as Stan Beattie / John Bowe as Daniel Stern / Dorothy Tutin as Mother Emmnanuel / Sandra Voe as Peggy / Joshua Smith as Jamie Gibson / Ben Hinitt as Matt Gibson / Gareth Milne as Simon Gibson / Gary Mavers as Hal / Bobby Knutt as Charlie Faulkner / Patrick Allen as Walter Street / John Carlisle as Tyler / Kulvinder Ghir as Terry Singh / Caroline O’Neill as Leila
ITV / 6x60m-e / 1997
Producer: Nigel Stafford-Clark
Crime drama series. A group of tough police bodyguards are assinged various high ranking officials and prominent people. There was a one hour pilot broadcast 1996.
With:- LOUISE LOMBARD as Liz Shaw / SEAN PERTWEE as Ian Worrell / JOHN SHRAPNEL as Alan MacIntyre
THE BOGIE MAN
BBC / 1x60m-e / 1992
Writer: Paul Pender / Director: Charles Gormley
Comedy. A mental patient who believes he is Humphrey Bogart escapes from his institution and sets up in business as a private eye.
With:- ROBBIE COLTRANE / FIONA FULLERTON / JEAN ANDERSON / CRAIG FERGUSON
C4 / 6x60m-e / 1997
Writer: Steve Trafford / Producer: Trevor Davies / Director: Roger Tucker
Crime drama series. A pair of Glasgow drug squad detectives travel to Bombay to track down the source of the heroin that is awash on their streets.
With:- SHAN KHAN as DC Turam Dev / DONALD SUMPTER as Supt John Maybury / MOHAN AGASHE as Commissioner Singh / SHEKAR SUMAN as Insp Marathe
BBC / 1x85m-e / 1989
Writer: Don Shaw / Producer: Innes Lloyd / Director: Michael Darlow
Period drama. The controversial wartime career of Arthur ‘Bomber’ Harris leader of RAF Bomber Command 1942-45.
Sir Arthur Harris…………………………. JOHN THAW
Winston Churchill………………………. ROBERT HARDY
Sir Charles Portal………………………. FREDERICK TREVES
A.M. Sir Robert Saundby…………….. CHARLES KAY
Jillie Harris……………………………….. SOPHIE THOMPSON
Group Capt Davidson………………….. RICHARD HEFFER
Sky One / 2x90m-e / 2001 (8-15 April Sundays 9.00pm)
Thriller. Former terrorist Andrea Hayes has to face upto her IRA past when her daughter is kidnapped by another terrorist group, her husband is also drawn into events (he knew nothing about her past).
With:- DERVLA KIRWAN as Andrea Hayes / MARK WOMACK as Martin Hayes / CIARA LYONS as Katie Hayes / ANGELINE BALL / SAMANTHA BOND / KEITH DUFFY
Rediffusion / 1x90m-e / 1968 13 May – Monday 8.30pm
Writer: Dennis Potter / Design: Fred Pusey / Director: Joan Kemp-Welch
Drama. Overbearing American sailor Sam Adams, visiting England, has a strange meeting with Englishman George King and their relationship soon takes on a sinister edge.
With:- GEORGE BAKER as George King / WESTON GAVIN as Sam Adams / MARGARET TYZACK as Gladys King / ERIC DODSON as Englishman / JERMEMY CHILD as Neighbour / LINDA MARLOWE as Young Tart / GEORGE BETTON as Old Man / BRIAN OULTON as Mr Lapwell / MARTIN POTTER as Bank Clerk / LIZ GEBHARDT as Carole / CHARLES REA as Clive / WALTER HORSBRUGH as Commissionaire / TERRY DAY as Sally / ARTHUR COX as Mr Baker
BBC2 3x50m June/July 1987
Writer: Leslie Stewart; Producer: Carol Parks
Drama series about a music band. Synopsis of part 3 is as follows “The band don’t want to be heroes anymore. They don’t want the money, they’ll give the tapes back. But how, and where, and will anyone let them?”
With:- IAN HOGG as Manfred Holt / DAVID SCHOFIELD as Flash / ISLA BLAIR as Inspector Leesley / JAMES COYLE as J J Ohm / JOHN JUDD as Sergeant Cross / FRANCESCA BRILL as Emma Holt / SARA CROWE as Sally
THE BOOK GROUP
C4 / 12x30m / 2002-2003
Writer/Director: Annie Griffin / Producer: Anita Overland
Comedy drama series. American Claire has just moved to Glasgow and to meet people she starts a book reading group.
With:- ANNE DUDEK as Claire / RORY MCCANN as Kenny / MICHELLE GOMEZ as Janice / JAMES LANCE as Barney / BONNIE ENGSTROM as Dirka / DEREK RIDDELL as Rab / SASKIA MULDER as Fist
Scottish / 4x60m-e / 1983
Writer: Alan Prior
Drama serial. The troubles of a Glasgow bookmaker.
With:- ROBERT URQUHART
Early 1960’s BBC book review show presented by Dick Taverne, mainly notable for the fact that Dennis Potter was script associate on the show.
Central / 93x60m-e / 1986-92
Creators: Jim Hill, Bill Stair / Theme Music: Jim Diamond / Executive Producer: Ted Childs, Bill Smethurst
Drama series. An ex-fireman sets himself up as a Jack of all Trades, trouble shooter come private detective and at one stage motorcycle dispatch rider. One previously unbroadcast episode was transmitted in 1995.
With:- MICHAEL ELPHICK as Ken Boon / DAVID DAKER as Harry Crawford / NEIL MORRISSEY as Rocky Cassidy / LESLEY ANN SHARPE as Debbie Yates / ELIZABETH CARLING as Laura Marsh / SASKIA WICKHAM as Alex Wilton
BBC2 / 6x30m-e / 1984 10 Sep – 15 Oct Mondays 8.30pm
Writer: Ray Mansell, Paul Benn / Producer/Director: David Askey
Comedy drama series. The stories of a group of wild west fanatics.
With:- KENNETH COPE as Percy James / ANNE CARROLL as Isobel James / DEBBIE ARNOLD as Betty James / JOHN NORMINGTON as Tom Henderson / SHIRLEY STELFOX as Rita Henderson / GORDON ROLLINGS as The Kid / ROBERT OWEN as Cyril / MIKE WALLING as Bert
THE BOOZE CRUISE II
ITV1 / 1x110m / 25 December 2005
Writer: Paul Minett, Brian Leveson / Director: Paul Seed / Producer: Roy Gould
Sequel to 2003’s THE BOOZE CRUISE. In this story the same group of friends and neighbours go on a “treasure hunt” weekend. There was no actual cruising or boozing involved but the name of their team was called “The Booze Cruisers”. NOTE: Martin Clunes’ character from the first story did not re-appear – instead a new character of Marcus was introduced.
With:- NEIL PEARSON as Rob Sewell / BRIAN MURPHY as Maurice / MARK BENTON as Dave Bolton / ANNE REID as Grace / TOM BENNETT as Daniel / LOUISE CALLAGHAN as Chloe Rainer / IAN RICHARDSON as Marcus / AMANDA ABBINGTON as Leone Sewell / KAREN HENTHORN as Cath Bolton
THE BOOZE CRUISE III
ITV1 / 1x120m / 21 May 2006
Writer: Paul Minett, Brian Leveson / Director: Paul Seed / Producer: Roy Gould
A third outing for the BOOZE CRUISE characters. In this story the group embark on a trip to scatter the ashes of an elderly relative.
NEIL PEARSON as Rob Sewell / BRIAN MURPHY as Maurice / MARK BENTON as Dave Bolton / ANNE REID as Grace / IAN RICHARDSON as Marcus / AMANDA ABBINGTON as Leone Sewell / KAREN HENTHORN as Cath Bolton
BBC2 / 10x50m-e / 1981 14 Oct – 16 Dec
Creator/Producer: Mark Shivas / Writer: John Prebble, Ken Taylor / Music: Georges Delerue
Period drama serial. The life story of the infamous 15th Century Borgia dynasty in Renaissance Italy. The series was derided on its first airing because of the often impenetrable accents and hammish acting.
With:- ADOLFO CELI as Rodrigo Borgia / OLIVER COTTON as Cesare Borgia / ALFRED BURKE as Guilliano della Rovere / ANNE-LOUISE LAMBERT as Lucrezia Borgia / GEORGE CAMILLER as Juan Borgia
BORN AND BRED
Thames / 12x60m-e / 1978/1980 (Season One: 13 Sep – 18 Oct 78 / Season Two:2 Sep – 7 Oct 80)
Writer: Douglas Livingstone / Producer: Peter Duguid
Comedy drama series. The exploits of two South London families.
With:- JAMES GROUT as Frank Benge / ROSE HILL as Annie Benge / GORDEN KAYE as Ray Benge / TREVOR PEACOCK as Dennis Tonsley / JOAN SIMS as Molly Peglar / MAX WALL as Tommy Tonsley / KATE WILLIAMS as Marge Benge / RICHARD O’ CALLAGHAN as Stephen Benge / CONSTANCE CHAPMAN as Rose Tonsley / SUSIE BLAKE as Pam Redstone
BBC1 / 1x85m / 17 December 2006
Writer/Director: Dominic Savage / Producers: Ruth Caleb, Lucy Hillman
Drama about some unconnected characters in the same neighbourhood all with differing fortunes. A rich businessman decides to help the homeless; a couple meet at drop-in centre; and a poor Nigerian and his wife consider resorting to theft to pay for their sick father’s passage into the country.
ROBERT CARLYLE / COLIN FIRTH / ANNE-MARIE DUFF / DAVID OYELOWO / NICHOLAS BURNS / EMILIA FOX / JULIA DAVIS
BORN EVERY MINUTE
BBC1 ‘Comedy Playhouse’ / 1x30m-e / 1972 28 January – Friday 7.30pm
Writer: Jack Popplewell / Producer: David Croft
Comedy. The shady exploits of a pair of con men.
Harry…………………………………………… RONALD FRASER
Johnny………………………………………… JAMES BECK
Girl…………………………………………….. JULIET HARMER
Sir Rufus…………………………………….. CAMPBELL SINGER
Lady Wright…………………………………. MOLLIE SUGDEN
BBC / 1x85m-e / 1991
Writer: Barry Hines / Producer: Tony Garnett / Director: Mandie Fletcher
Drama. Football mad Roxanne Reddy becomes a star 1st Division soccer player, but has trouble coping with her new found success.
With:- EVE BARKER as Roxanne Reddy / DENIS LAWSON as Victor Grace / SHEILA RUSKIN as Joanne Grace / JOHN BENFIELD as Mr Reddy / GARFIELD MORGAN as William Curtly / JOHN ABINERI as Archie / NORMAN BIRD as Radley / CAROLE HAYMAN / GEORGE IRVING / DAVID McALLISTER / PAUL DE BOIS / JAMES NOBLE / ROBERT PERKINS / ANTHONY WARREN
BORN TO RUN
BBC1 / 6x50m-e / 1997
Writer: Debbie Horsfield / Producer: Laura Mackie / Director: Jean Stewart
Drama serial. Car dealer Byron Flitch promises his demanding mistress Judith he will leave his wife if she can turn his elderly mother into a marathon runner.
Lili Flitch……………………………………… BILLIE WHITELAW
Byron Flitch…………………………………. KEITH ALLEN
Judith…………………………………………. LINDA HENRY
Burke Flitch………………………………… TERENCE RIGBY
Bron Flitch………………………………….. MARIAN McLOUGHLAN
Edna…………………………………………. CRISSY ROCK
Eddie Gallagher…………………………… JOHN McARDLE
BORN WITH TWO MOTHERS
C4 / 1x90m / 21 April 2005
Writer: Zinnie Harris / Director: Ian Duncan / Producer: Oliver Morse
Drama. Two couples, one black the other white are trying to conceive using IVF treatment. Laura, the white woman, falls pregnant – but then the clinic realise there may have been a mix-up with the embryos and when the baby is born it is black. There follows a custody battle for the child with both couples wanting the baby. The four main players were actors – all other parts, such as lawyers and clinical specialists were played by real professionals with improvised dialogue.
With:- SOPHIE OKENEDO as Lucretia Bridges / LENNIE JAMES as Errol Bridges / LESLEY SHARP as Laura Mayfield / ADAM KOTZ as James Mayfield
LWT / 1x75m-e / 1999 25 May – Tuesday 9.00pm
Writer: Chris England / Music: Steve Baikie / Costume: Hazel Pethig / Design: Graeme Story / Executive Producer: Humphrey Barclay / Special Effects:Steve Webster / Producer: Mark Robson / Director: Marcus Mortimer
Comedy. Former players of third division football team Bostock Stanley gather for a reunion dinner 25 years after their famous FA Cup victory in 1974. The highlight of the dinner is to be a reshowing of the classic documentary made at the time of their triumph.
With:- NEIL PEARSON as Gerry Tudor / TIM HEALY as Bertie Masson / NICK HANCOCK as Mike Tonker / ROY BARRACLOUGH as Arthur Swarbrick / GLENN HUGILL as Alan Hardy / PHILIP MIDDLEMASS as Bob Phillips / MARIA McERLANE as Margaret Masson / PHILIP McGOUGH as Nick Barber / TERRY NEIL as Himself / GORDON KENNEDY as Edgar Pendulo / JEREMY SWIFT as Sam Tilton / DAVINA TAYLOR as Denise Bull / ROCKY MARSHALL as Mark Bull / CHRIS ENGLAND as George Best / CHRISTOPHER ROWE as Ian Wagg / RALPH INESON as Clive Kennard
BOSWELL AND JOHNSON’S TOUR OF THE WESTERN ISLANDS
TV / 1993
With:- ROBBIE COLTRANE as Dr Samuel Johnson / JOHN SESSIONS as Boswell
Central / 1x60m-e / 1983
Writer: Howard Schuman / Director: Colin Bucksey
Drama. A therapist rehabilitates his patients through the use of closed circuit television.
With:- JOHN GORDON SINCLAIR / ELEANOR BRON / PHOEBE NICHOLLS / CHRISTOPHER GUARD
A BOUQUET OF BARBED WIRE
LWT / 7x50m-e / 1976 9 January – 20 February
Writer: Andrea Newman / Executive Producer: Rex Firkin / Producer/Director: Tony Wharmby
Drama. When Prue Manson marries, her fathers obsessive love for her begins to tear apart the family. See also Another Bouquet.
With:- SUSAN PENHALIGON asPrue Manson/Sorenson / FRANK FINLAY as Peter Manson / JAMES AUBREY as Gavin Sorenson / DEBORAH GRANT as Sarah Francis / SHEILA ALLEN as Cassie Masson
BBC Choice / 1x30m-e / 2000 5 Feb – Sat 8.15pm
Fantasy drama. Young 16 year old Titus Groan attempts to break free of the confines of the Gormenghast castle that is his home. The drama, tying in with the Gormanghast serial on BBC2(see separate entry), was a mixture of live action and computer generated images and was based on one of Peakes later (and unpublished stories).
With:- JACK RYDER as Titus Groan / TERRY JONES as Storyteller
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