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Cilla (ITV 2014, Sheridan Smith)

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Period drama serial. The life story of Cilla Black who in the early 1960’s was better known as Priscilla White and was working backstage at The Cavern when the Beatles were just making it big, her friendship with the fab four (Ringo was a family friend) led to her meeting their manager Brian Epstein who took her under his wing and worked his star making magic on her.

The drama touches all bases of Cilla becoming one of the biggest UK female singers of the 1960’s as well as focusing extensively on her marriage to Bobby Willis.

“Anyone who ever dreamed could look at me….”

production details
UK / ITV / 3×60 minute episodes / Broadcast 2014

Writer: Jeff Pope / Producer: Kwadio Dajan / Executive Producer: Jeff Pope / Director: Paul Whittington

cast
Sheridan Smith as Cilla Black
Aneurin Barnard as Bobby Willis
Ed Stoppard as Brian Epstein
John Henshaw as John White
Melanie Hill as Big Cilla
Elliot Cowan as George Martin
Andrew Schofield as Robert Willis
Tom Dunlea as Ringo Starr
Michael Hawkins as George Harrison
Jack Farthing as John Lennon
Kevin Mains as Paul McCartney
Samantha Robinson as Jean
Marc Evans as Paul O’Grady
Daniel Pirrie as Burt Bacharach
Tara Wells as Pat
Kyle Cambray as John White Jr
Ryan Maddocks as Guitarist

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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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