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Crossfire (BBC-1 1988, Eamon Boland, Tony Doyle)

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In Crossfire Freddie Ross is a computer expert working for the government. After using his computer skills to bring down a major criminal gang he is given a promotion and sent to Belfast to break an IRA ring. Ross is very quickly caught in the middle of a dangerous and deadly game when he falls for young Irish girl Clare Barrett who has her own reasons for befriending him.

After Clare is murdered Freddie realises the mole has access to the government’s own computer system. He then sets up a trap to bring out the mole once and for all.

A strong thriller from John McNeill, Crossfire offered up a rare leading role for Eamon Boland as Ross who despite being a supposed deskbound computer expert is very much in the heart of the action. There was also another typically strong performance from the excellent Tony Doyle.

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“A girl was killed. Me and my men are under attack from all sides … and you breeze in talking of bloody patterns.”

production details
UK / BBC One / 5×50 minute episodes / Broadcast 15 March – 12 April 1988

Writer: John McNeill / Script Editor: Jenny Sheridan / Music: Richard Harvey / Producer: Ron Craddock / Director: Ken Hannam

cast
Eamon Boland as Freddie Ross
Tony Doyle as Donal McCarthy
Sean Caffrey as Chief Inspector “Daisy” Burke
Lesley Nightingale as Kathy Ross
Emer Gillespie as Clare Barratt
Christopher Whitehouse as Frank Gallagher
Tom Chadbon as Bryant
Joseph Crilly as Dominic
Sean Scanlon as John Keegan
Alan Devlin as Eamon Duffy
Des McAleer as Demot Shea
Denys Hawthorne as Daniel Kent
Tom Price as Duggan
James Donnelly as Thomas Malin

THE EPISODES
1. BRINGING IT HOME
. WOMAN’S WORK
3. THE MOTIVE, NOT THE DEED
4. LINE OF FIRE
5. DIVIDE AND RULE

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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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