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An Affair In Mind (BBC-1 1988, Stephen Dillon, Amanda Donohoe)

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In atmospheric thriller An Affair in Mind novelist Gray is drawn into a somewhat torrid affair with the married Drusilla. ‘Dru’ claims that her businessman husband ‘Tiny’ mistreats and rules the relationship with a strong hand. As the affair grows deeper Dru begins talking of making plans to kill Tiny so that she and Gray can make a new start. Gray isn’t keen and begins to distance himself from the relationship before heading off to France to look after his seriously ill mother.

When Gray returns to the UK, following the death of his mother, he discovers that there has been a murder in his flat and he is the prime suspect. Drusilla is nowhere to be seen and in fact it soon becomes obvious to Gray that he has been played for a fool.

An excellent production, An Affair in Mind was made at a time when the BBC and ITV were just discovering how suited Ruth Rendell’s psychological mystery stories were for the small screen. Of course ITV later made the author their own with the long running Ruth Rendell Mysteries and this could easily have appeared as part of that strand. Stephen Dillon is excellent as the know nothing Gray and Amanda Donohoe is even better as the scheming Drusilla.

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UK / BBC One – A and E Network – Rosie Films / 1×86 minute episode / Broadcast 5 January 1988

Writer: Michael Baker / Novel: The Face of Tresspass by Ruth Rendall / Stunt Arranger: Bill Weston / Computer Consultant: Dick Byford / Costumes: Lyn Avery / Production Design: Oliver Bayldon / Music: Nigel Hess / Producer: Jacky Stoller / Director: Colin Luke

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STEPHEN DILLON as Gray
AMANDA DONOHOE as Dru
RICHARD HAMMATT as Tiny
ANNE LAMBTON as Woman At Party
TREVOR RAY as Man At Party
JUNE ELLIS as Hotel Receptionist
HILARY MASON as Miss Platt
CHRISTOPHER DOWNING as Bank Teller
OWEN BRENMAN as Estate Agent
KAY STONHAM as Isabel
MARK LAMBERT as Francis
JOANNA PHILLIPS-LANE as Charmian
JEAN-LAURENT COCHET as Honore
EVIE GARRATT as Enid
HOWARD COOKE as Gardener
TEX FULLER as Jeremy Rawlings
BEN ROBERTSON as Jones
RANI SINGH as Woman With Baby
MARIA WARNER as RSPCA Receptionist
MATTHEW MARSH as Detective Inspector Brodd
CHRISTOPHER STAHL as Stapleton
EDMUND DRING as Dr Finnegan
CHAMP as Dido (supplied by Stunt Dogs Incorporated)

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Ape And Essence (The Wednesday Play BBC-1 1966, Alec McCowen)

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In Scifi drama Ape and Essence, based on the novel by Aldous Huxley, a group of New Zealand scientists conduct a survey on a Britain ravaged by atomic war 80 years previously.

Series: The Wednesday Play Season 2 Episode 29

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Alec McCowen as Alfred Poole
Robert Eddison as Arch Vicar
Derek Sydney as Chief
Jenny Lee as Flossie
Yvonne Antrobus as Young Girl
Sydney Bromley as Craigie
Martin Carroll as Director of Food
Hazel Douglas as Mies Hook
John Falconer as Patriarch
Petra Markham as Loola
Ken Parry as Science Praet
Amanda Reiss as Polly
Jonathan Scott as Int. Priest
Fiona Fraser as Part of Crowd
Ann Mitchell as Shaven-Head
Jacki Salt as Mulatto Girl
Carol Blake as Shaven-Head
Gordon Craig as Part of Crowd
Robert Cude as First Man

crew details
Writer: John Finch
Book: Aldous Huxley
Music: BBC Radiophonic Workshop
Producer: Peter Luke
Director: David Benedictus.

production details
Country: UK
Network and Production Companies: BBC One
Duration: 1×75 minute episode
Aired From: 18 May 1966

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Plane Makers, The (ITV 1963-1965, Patrick Wymark, Barbara Murray)

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Plane Makers Patrick Wymark

Drama series The Plane Makers took us behind the scenes in the boardroom and shop floor of the Scott Furlong Aircraft Factory. After two seasons the lead character John Wilder took a place on the board of a merchant bank and the series was then renamed The Power Game.

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Patrick Wymark as John Wilder
Jack Watling as Don Henderson
Barbara Murray as Pamela Wilder (Seasons 1-2)
Ann Firbank as Pamela Wilder (Season 3)
Reginald Marsh as Arthur Sugden
Alan Dobie as David Corbett

crew details
Creator: Wilfred Greatorex
Producers: Rex Firkin (seasons 1-2), David Reid (season 3)

production details
Country: UK
Network: ITV – ATV
Duration: 57×50 minute episodes
Aired From: 4 February 1963 – 12 January 1965 black and white

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Running Wild (ITV 1987, Ray Brooks, Janet Key)

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Sitcom Running Wild was about the ups and downs of separated couple, Max and Babs, trying to get on with their lives. In season two Max wants to return to his wife but Babs is not so keen.

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Ray Brooks as Max Wild
Janet Key as Babs Wild
Sharon Duce as Wanda
Michelle Collins as Stephanie Wild
Peter Amory as Rob
Berwick Kaler as Tom Coleman (Season 1)
Brigit Forsyth as Jenny (Season 2)

crew details
Writer: Philip Trewinnard
Producers: Marcus Plantin (Season 1), Derrick Goodwin (Season 2)
Directors: Vic Finch (Season 1), Derrick Goodwin (Season 2)

production details
Country: UK
Network and Production Companies: ITV – London Weekend Television
Duration: 13×25 minute episodes
Aired From: 6 March 1987 – 4 June 1989

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