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Dance To The Music Of Time, A (Channel 4 1997, James Purefoy)

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In the fabulous drama serial A Dance to the Music of Time we travel across five decades of upperclass life in Britain, from the 1920’s onwards especially for two men Nicholas Jenkins and Kenneth Widmerpool. Based on the mammoth collection of twelve novels by Anthony Powell this serial could never hope to match up to the brilliance of the novels but was still a superb piece of work,.

Dennis Potter had once been commissioned to write a serial around A Dance to the Music of Time novels but could not condense the material enough to make it work for TV, indeed this version at 8 hours is a mere glimpse of the detail in the books.

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UK / Channel 4 / 4×120 minute episodes / Broadcast 9 – 30 October 1997

Writer: Hugh Whitmore / Novels: Anthony Powell / Producer and Director: Alvin Rakoff

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JAMES PUREFOY as Nicholas Jenkins
SIMON RUSSELL BEALE as Kenneth Widmerpool
PAUL RHYS as Charles Stringham
CLAIRE SKINNER as Jean Duport
MIRANDA RICHARDSON as Pamela Flitton
ZOE WANAMAKER as Audrey MacLintock
ALAN BENNETT as Sillery
EDWARD FOX as Uncle Giles
JONATHAN CAKE as Peter Templar
JOHN GIELGUD as St John Clarke
EMMA FIELDING as Isobel
NICOLA WALKER as Gypsy
CARMEN DU SAUTOY as Miss Weedon
JOHN STANDING as Older Nicholas (episode 4)

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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)

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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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