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Changes, The (BBC-1 1975 Vicky Williams, Keith Ashton)

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The Changes was a very well realised children’s scifi drama serial featuring a Britain that has decided it hates technology and has reverted to a more simplistic age where machines are a no-no.

Based on a trio of inter connected novels by Peter Dickinson called The Weathermonger, Heartsease and The Devil’s Children. Vicky Williams starred as young teenager Nicky Gore. As the series starts strange noises are heard by everybody that makes them want to destroy machines, everyone but Nicky seems to be affected by this. Nicky’s parents are anxious to flee to France but in so doing end up getting separated from Nicky, at first she is all alone in the empty city but later teams up with a group of Sikhs who are also unaffected by the noise but are looking for a safe haven.

They set up home in a disused farm close to a village ruled over by the sinister Davy Gordon. Vicky initially acts as a go between for the Sikhs (who are excellent blacksmiths) and the villagers but Davy Gordon is convinced Nicky is a witch and is determined to be rid of her. Nicky is forced on the run but is befriended by a fellow teenager called Jonathan.

Together the pair of them embark on a quest to discover what has caused The Changes and hopefully put them to rights. They trace the noises to a cave and discover that the mystery goes back centuries to the time of Merlin. Nicky is able to face up to “The Noise” in the cave and quieten it (for the time being anyway) and by the credits of the final episode it looks as though things are reverting back to “normal”.

Made in 1975, a year that was full of eco type show what with Survivors on the air as well as The Good Life. Shot on film for a high quality look the Changes was fantastic television and not just for children either.

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Vicky Williams as Vicki and Keith Ashton as Jonathan.

production details
UK / BBC One / 10×25 minute episodes / Broadcast 6 Jan – 10 March 1975

Writer: Anna Home / Trilogy: Peter Dickinson / Music: Paddy Kingsland / Director: John Prowse

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VICKY WILLIAMS as Nicky Gore
KEITH ASHTON as Johnathon
DAVID GARFIELD as Davy Gordon
RAFIQ ANWAR as Chacha
ZULEIKA ROBSON as Margaret
OSCAR QUITAK as Mr Furbelow
RUGBY BRAR as Gopal

THE EPISODES
1. THE NOISE (6 Jan 1975)
2. THE BAD WIRES (13 Jan 1975)
3. THE DEVIL’S CHILDREN (20 Jan 1975)
4. HOSTAGES (27 Jan 1975)
5. WITCHCRAFT (3 Feb 1975)
6. A PILE OF STONES (10 Feb 1975)
7. HEARTSEASE (17 Feb 1975)
8. LIGHTNING! (24 Feb 1975)
9. THE QUARRY (3 Mar 1975)
10. THE CAVERN (10 Mar 1975)

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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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