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Crocodile Shoes (BBC-1 1994-1996, Jimmy Nail, Alex Kingston)

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Crocodile Shoes was the music themed drama series that turned Jimmy Nail into something of a country sensation. Nail plays Jed Shepperd, a heading into middle age Newcastle factory worker who writes contry tinged songs in his bedroom.

His sister Emma (who lives with Jed) sends off a tape of his songs (without Jed knowing) to various record companies in London. Ade Lynn is an A&R man for Tomboy Records, knowing that his job is on the line anyway he decides to try and become Jed’s manager and sign him up to a different record company.

Ade is a none too scrupulous character and has more than a small drug and drink problem as well as a couple of none too nice drug dealers on his back. He quickly whisks Jed off to Nashville though and begins grooming him for the big time. Top country star Carmel Cantrell is quickly enamored both by Jed and his songs.

Two years later the series returned for a second batch of six episodes, this time minus Ade (whose luck had finally run out). Worse than that though is that Jed is suspected of being the prime suspect in his murder. Things go from bad to worse when his record company want back the half a million advance for his as yet unrecorded second album and he is also framed in a drugs bust.

The first season was hugely popular for Nail and spawned several successful singles (all of the music in the series is excellent btw). The first seven episodes are your classic rags to riches success story whilst the second goes more down a thriller route as Jed tries to clear his name and the machinations that Ade began in the first season start to fall apart.

Nail had already had a UK number one with the song Ain’t No Doubt and the second season of Auf Wiedersehen Pet had given him the chance to indulge his love of country music.

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UK / BBC-1 – Big Boy – Red Rooster / 13 x 50 minute episodes / Broadcast 10 November 1994 – 19 December 1996

Creator and Writer: Jimmy Nail / Costumes: Sarah Lubel (season one), Alyson Ritchie (season two) / Production Design: Phil Roberson (season one), Paul Laugier (season two) / Incidental Music: Tony McAnaney (season one), Guy Pratt (season two) / Executive Producers: Linda James, Jimmy Nail, Jen Samson (season one), Nail and Tarquin Gotch (season two) / Producer: Peter Wolfes / Director: David Richards

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JIMMY NAIL as Jed Shepperd
JAMES WILBY as Ade Lynn
SAMMY JOHNSON as Archie
BRIAN CAPRON as Rex Hall
ALEX KINGSTON as Caroline Carlson
MELANIE HILL as Emma Shepperd
HANNAH TIPPLE as Becky Shepperd
JOHN BOWLER as Pep
JACQUETTA MAY as Rose Hall
VINCE PELLEGRINO as Snotter

THE EPISODES
SEASON ONE 10 November – 22 December 1994
1. THE TAPE
2. THE PITCH
3. THE DEAL
4. THE TRIP
5. THE TRUTH
6. THE CALL
7. THE END

SEASON TWO 14 November – 19 December 1996
1. COUNTRY BOY
2. TROUBLED MAN
3. RUNNING MAN
4. STILL I DREAM
5. ANSWERED PRAYERS
6. BOOM

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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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