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After Pilkington (BBC-2 1987, Bob Peck, Miranda Richardson)

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In the comedy thriller After Pilkington University lecturer James meets up with the mysterious Penelope aka Patch , whom he first met when he was ten, she was a key figure in his early life and could make him do anything she wanted. Now she calls upon his help once again when she reveals that the mysterious Pilkington who is missing has in fact been murdered by Penny after making a pass at her. As James gets himself deeper and deeper involved he realises that Patch is in fact completely crazy and he could just be the next victim on her list.

Some fabulous acting on display in this enigmatic mystery, a clever script by Gray, which mixes mystery and humour to excellent effect.

The Trout Quintet by Schubert was played by members of the Oxford Pro Musica.

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UK / BBC-2 / 1×85 minute episode / Broadcast 25 January 1987

Writer: Simon Gray / Script Editor: Sarah Curtis / Costumes: Catriona Tomalin / Music: Stephen Oliver / Production Design: Graeme Thomson / Producer: Kenith Trodd / Director: Christopher Morahan

Screen Two | Season 3 Episode 4

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BOB PECK as James
MIRANDA RICHARDSON as Penny
BARRY FOSTER as Derek
GARY WALDHORN as Boris
MARY MILLER as Deidre Pilkington
REINA JAMES as Amanda
SARAH BUTLER as Young Penny
RICHARD GRANT as Young James
DEREK WARE as Pilkington
NIGEL NEVINSON as Doctor
JOHN GILL as Pottsy

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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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