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Case Histories (BBC-1 2011, Jason Isaacs, Amanda Abbington)

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Kate Atkinson is definitely not your usual run of the mill crime novelist and Case Histories, the series based on her novels promises to be a cut above your average crime drama fare. Jason Isaacs takes on the role of Private Detective Jackson Brodie, an ex soldier from Yorkshire now based in Edinburgh. Brodie has a real sense of empathy with the people he helps and he can’t help himself often getting too personally involved.

Interestingly although Brodie has featured in several Atkinson novels he is rarely the leading character, often on the periphary but always drawing you in. Naturally there are quite a few changes made to the dynamic of the series, first and foremost with Brodie firmly taking centre stage as a tec. The series is made up of three two part stories shown on consecutive Sunday and Monday evenings.

High calibre guest stars included the likes of Phil Davis, Natasha Little, Keith Allen and the fab Sylvia Sims. Sadly only one series was made.

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UK | BBC1 – BBC Scotland – Ruby Film & Television – Monastic Productions

RUNNING TIME: 60 minutes | NUMBER OF EPISODES: 6 | AIRDATES: 5 – 20 June 2011 Sundays and Mondays @ 9.00pm

WRITERS: Ashley Pharoah, Peter Harness | NOVELS: Kate Atkinson | PRODUCER: Helen Gregory

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JASON ISAACS as Jackson Brodie
AMANDA ABBINGTON as Louise Munroe
MILLIE INNES as Marlee Brodie
NATASHA LITTLE as Julia Land
FENELLA WOOLGAR as Amelia Land
PHIL DAVIS as Theo Wyre

THE EPISODES
SEASON ONE 5 – 20 June 2011
1. STORY ONE (Not called anything but should probably be referred to as Case Histories (5-6 June 2011)
2. ONE GOOD TURN (12-13 June 2011)
3. WHEN WILL THERE BE GOOD NEWS (19-20 June 2011)

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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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