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Black Velvet Band (ITV 1997, Nick Berry, Todd Carty)

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Period drama Black Velvet Band takes us back to Victorian times when a gang of petty crooks find themselves sentenced to transportation to Australia, their ship, however, docks in South Africa and the gang manage to make their escape.

The three stars had all appeared in Eastenders together and the initial idea came from Chris McHallem. Nick Berry, thanks to being the darling of ITV at the time because of his hit show Heartbeat, had the clout to get it made.

production details
UK / ITV – Yorkshire TV / 1×100 minute episode / Broadcast 24 December 1997

Idea: Chris McHallem / Writer: Johnathon Critchley / Music: Hughes and Murphy / Costume: Darian Hing / Executive Producer: Keith Richardson / Producer: Peter Walker / Director: Robert Knights

cast
Nick Berry as Martin Tusco
Todd Carty as Pentecost
Chris McHallem as Shut-Eye
Stephen Marcus as Nudge
Ian Roberts as Dwyer
Michael Atkinson as Lord George Grey
Nick Borrain as Private Secretary
Aldo Brincat as First Sailor
Michael Brunner as Piet
John Carson as Colonel Rowan
Gabrielle Cirillo as Louisa
Jackie Davids as Mrs Rex
Frantz Dobrowsky as Leach
Ralph Draper as Magistrate
Desmond Dube as Undertaker’s Assistant
Alex Ferns as Major Watson
Ronald France as Sir Harry Smith
Nicole Franco as Maria Rex
Ken Gampu as Witch Doctor
Zukile Gqobofe as Watson’s Corporal
Jonathan Griffin as Hannah
Thomas Hall as Duthie
Stephen Jennings as Edward Rex
Kyle Jones as Thomas
David Lee as Sergeant Howe
Emily McArthur as Rose Tusco
Ken Marshall as Cart Driver
Amy Marston as Half-Pint
Victor Mellaney as Lord Chief Justice
Greg Melvill-Smith as P. E. Bartender
Eric Nobbs as Fruit Farmer
Michael Richard as Bar Owner
Robin Smith as Vermeer
Lee Sparrowhawk as Walker
Adrian Steed as Sir John Jervis
Chris Steyn as Bus Driver
Ashley Taylor as Surgeon Lieutenant Fenwick
Jonathan Taylor as Second Sailor
Iain Winter Smith as Captain Moore
James White as Magistrate’s Clerk
Ian Yule as Yeoman Warder

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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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