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Angels (BBC-1 1975-1983, Fiona Fullerton, Julie Dawn Cole)

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Medical drama series Angels told stories of a group of hardworking student nurses. The 25 minute episodes were shown twice weekly soap opera style.

The hospital was St Angelas in Battersea, London and the girls in the first intake included the Irish Maureen, Sita from Uganda, Jo and Patricia. Of course there was as much emphasis on their personal lives as there was on their working ones.

The series was considered to be quite gritty for the time but was still very soapy in outlook and attitude (many of the behind the scenes crew would later go on to work on Eastenders). Some of the acting of the supporting players left a little to be desired too.

Much of the exterior shooting took place at St James Hospital in Balham, South London.

In September 1981 the action switched to a new hospital, Birmingham’s Heath Green, a much more modern facility.

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UK / BBC1 / 154 episodes in total (54×50 minutes and 97 x25 minutes) / Broadcast 1 September 1975 – 22 December 1983

Creator: Paula Milne / Script Editors: Paula Milne, Tony Holland / Theme Music: Alan Parker / Medical Advisors: Eileen Scofield, Saga Tyndale / Producers: Ron Craddock, Julia Smith, Ben Rea,

key cast members included
FIONA FULLERTON as Patricia Rutherford
JULIE DAWN COLE as Jo Longhurst
KARAN DAVID as Sita Patel
LESLEY DUNLOP as Ruth Fullman
PAULINE QUIRKE as Vicky Smith
JULIET WALEY as Alison Streeter
ERIN GERAGHTY as Margaret Morahan
CLARE CLIFFORD as Shirley Brent
SHIRLEY CHERITON as Kathy Betts (later Smart)
KATHRYN APANOWICZ as Rose Butchins
FAITH BROOKS as Miss Heather Windrup
JEREMY WILKIN as Stewart Farrar
JANINA FAYE as Linda Hollis
TAIWO AJAI as Elaine Fitzgerald
DEBBIE ASH as Sarah Regan
MARSHA MILLAR as Jennifer Sorrell
JUNE WATSON as Sister Easby
CHRISTINE AKEHURST as Pauline Smart
JOANNA MUNRO as Anna Newcross
CAROL HOLMES as Jean MacEwen
SHELLEY KING as Jay Harper
KATE SAUNDERS as Brenda Cotteral
CLAIRE WALKER and later KATE LOCK as Sarah Lloyd-Smith
ANGELA BRUCE as Sandra Ling
SHARON ROSITA as Fleur Barrett (later Frost)
FAY HOWARD as Adrienne O’Shea
SUSAN GILMORE as Elizabeth Fitt
JUDITH JACOB as Beverley Slater
MARTIN BARRASS as Ron Frost
KEN SHARROCK as Den Booth
GARY WHELAN as Roger Smart
JULIA WILLIAMS as Tracey Willoguhby (later Carr)
DEBORAH MANSHIP as Valerie Price
SARAH LAM as Linda Mo
NEIL WEST as Dave Nowell
MICHELLE MARTIN as Janet Dickens
MAMTA KASH as Nargis Khan
TONY ARMATRADING as Josh Jones
MARTIN RUTLEDGE as Chris Carr
JOY LEMOINE as Ayo Lapido

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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.

cast
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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