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Billions (Showtime 2016, Damian Lewis, Paul Giamatti)

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In strong drama Billions U.S Attorney for Southern New York is tasked by the Securities and Exchange Commission to investigate brilliant hedge fund boss Bobby “Axe” Axelrod. Rhoades isn’t keen on the investigation as there seems to be a distinct lack of evidence against Axelrod but eventually begins to believe that he can build a case against him.

Very loosely based on the real life U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara Billions scores strongest with the playing of the two leads Damian Lewis and Paul Giamatti. Despite Giamatti’s character Rhoades being ostensibly the good guy it doesn’t always feel that way.

Showtime premiered the series opening episode online on 1 January 2016.

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USA / Showtime – Best Ever – TBTF / 12×60 minute episodes / Broadcast from 17 January 2016

Creators: Brian Koppelman, David Levien and Andrew Ross Sorkin / Executive producers: Brian Koppelman, David Levien, Andrew Ross Sorkin, Neil Burger / Music: Eskmo

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Damian Lewis as Bobby “Axe” Axelrod
Paul Giamatti as Charles “Chuck” Rhoades Jr.
Maggie Siff as Wendy Rhoades
Malin Åkerman as Lara Axelrod
Toby Leonard Moore as Bryan Connerty
David Costabile as Mike “Wags” Wagner
Condola Rashād as Kate Sacher
Jeffrey DeMunn as Charles Rhoades Sr.
Terry Kinney as Hall
Jerry O’Connell as Steven Birch
Dennis Boutsikaris as Kenneth Malverne
Rob Morrow as Adam DeGiulio
Dan Soder as Maffee
Stephen Kunken as Ari Spyros
Kelly AuCoin as ‘Dollar’ Bill Stearns
Nathan Darrow as Mick Danzig

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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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