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Capital (BBC-1 2015, Toby Jones, Rachael Stirling)

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In three part drama Capital the mostly affluent residents of Pepys Road in South London are perturbed when they start to receive postcards saying “we want what you have,” is this simply some new marketing or ad campain or something more sinister. The street was once your average working to middle class suburban street but these day the houses are worth at least two million pounds each. The streets residents are now made up of the likes of banker Roger Yount and his wife Arabella but there are still a few older residents like Petunia Howe who has lived in the same house since she was married.

Other key characters on the street include the Kamals who run the corner shop, traffic warden Quentina who may be hiding something and Polish builder Bogdan.

Based on the novel by the brilliant John Lanchester Capital (which in a BBC interview adapter Peter Bowker compared to Dickens) is a well made drama that builds as the threats move from postcards to street graffiti to unwanted “gifts” through the letterbox. As Ben Lawrence writing in The Daily Telegraph said though “it’s the acting that makes this production sing. There was not a bad performance among the large ensemble cast and each brought something very different.”

The Kamal family in Capital

The Kamals who own the corner shop on Pepys Road.

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UK / BBC One – Kudos / 3×60 minute episodes / Broadcast 24 November – 8 December 2015

Writer: Peter Bowker / Novel: John Lanchester / Music: Dru Masters / Producer: Matt Strevens / Director: Euros Lyn

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Toby Jones as Roger Yount
Gemma Jones as Petunia Howe
Lesley Sharp as Mary
Robert Emms as Smitty
Adeel Akhtar as Ahmed Kamal
Danny Ashok as Shahid Kamal
Mona Goodwin as Rohinka
Hamza Jeetooa as Usman Kamal
Rachael Stirling as Arabella Yount
Zrinka Cvitešić as Matya
Andrew Gower as Mark
Wunmi Mosaku as Quentina
Kobna Holdbrook-Smith as Mashinko
Radosław Kaim as Bogdan
Krystian Godlewski as Piotr

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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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