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Bletchley Circle, The (ITV 2012, Anna Maxwell Martin)

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Period crime drama series The Bletchley Circle is a nice counterpoint to the usual code breaking stories surrounding the Bletchley Park British Intelligence unit during world war II. The series initially begins during world war two before moving forward to 1952 when the girls who worked at Bletchley have all returned to their former lives. When Susan Gray though discovers evidence that a serial killer may be at work and the police show a distinct lack of interest in the evidence she has gathered she brings together three of her former Bletchley colleagues, Millie, Lucy and Jean to try and solve the case themselves.

A second series of four episodes saw two further stories. In Blood On Their Hands Susan and Co try to prove that former Bletchley colleague Alice Merren is innocent of the murder that she has been accused of. In final two part story Uncustomed Goods Susan, Lucy and Jean discover that Millie has been kidnapped. She is heavily involved in black market trading and her dodgy business partner owes a large amount of money to Soho gangsters.

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UK / ITV – World Productions / 7×60 minute episodes / Broadcast 6 September 2012 – 27 January 2014

Creator: Guy Burt / Music: Nick Green / Executive Producer: Simon Heath / Producer: Jake Lushington

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Anna Maxwell Martin as Susan Gray
Rachael Stirling as Millie
Sophie Rundle as Lucy
Julie Graham as Jean
Mark Dexter as Timothy Gray
Ed Birch as Harry
Michael Gould as Deputy Commissioner Wainwright
Simon Sherlock as DCI Compton
Simon Williams as Cavendish
Steven Robertson as Malcolm Crowley
Hattie Morahan as Alice Merren (series 2)
Faye Marsay as Lizzie Lancaster (series 2)

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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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