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Booze Cruise III: The Scattering (ITV1 25 Dec 2006, Neil Pearson, Ian Richardson)

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In The Scattering The Booze Cruise gang return for the third and final instalment of the feature-length comedy dramas.

Rob (Neil Pearson) has left Leone (Amanda Abbington) and has moved in with Jackie (Suzy Cooper), so he does not attend Elsie’s funeral with the others. Grace (Anne Reid) wants to scatter her mother’s ashes on her beloved Yorkshire moors where she was so happy. Leone and Cath (Karen Henthorn) persuade Dave (Mark Benton) that they should accompany the couple and help them celebrate their fortieth wedding anniversary. Rob also invites himself along, but to his embarrassment so does Jackie.

Dave agrees to deliver a family birthday present in Leeds on behalf of Marcus (Ian Richardson). But when Dave crashes the van on a country road, the women hitch a lift with a charming Canadian called Ben (Nigel Whitmey). Upon reaching their hotel, Grace attempts to match-make him and Leone – leaving Rob most put out. The men arrive by hire car, but Maurice (Brian Murphy) just wants to claim his inheritance, and ends up accidentally smoking cannabis thanks to Rob. Then it appears he has lost most of the ashes and has replaced them with gravel.

production details
UK / ITV-1 – Granada – Yorkshire – Water Lane / 1×90 minute episode / Broadcast 21 May 2006

Writers: Paul Minett and Brian Leveson / Music: Jim Parker / Production Design: Sue Booth / Executive Producers: Tim Hancock, David Reynolds / Producer: Roy Gould / Director: Paul Seed

cast
Neil Pearson as Rob
Mark Benton as Dave
Brian Murphy as Maurice
Anne Reid as Grace
Ian Richardson as Marcus
Karen Henthorn as Cath
Amanda Abbington as Leone
Suzy Cooper as Jackie
Nigel Whitmey as Ben
Peter Lorenzelli as Vernon
Dave Norman as Chugger Milburn
Ryan Simons as Roland
Jonathan Wright as Warren Gaynor
Marianne McNamara as Barmaid
David Woodcock as Vicar

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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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