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Day Of The Triffids (BBC-1 2009, Dougray Scott, Joely Richardson)

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An epic take on John Wyndham’s legendary apocalyptic scifi drama The Day of the Triffids. Last filmed by the beeb in 1981 in classic serial style with John Duttine in the lead as Bill Masen, the new version has an all star cast that includes Dougray Scott, Brian Cox, Eddie Izzard, Joely Richardson, Vanessa Redgrave and Jason Priestley.

The two parter, which is co-produced with Canada’s Prodigy Pictures, tells of the disaster that folllows when, sometime in the near future, our search for an alternative and ready source of fuel, leads to mass production of The Triffids, a plant with a deadly sting and carniverous tendancies, but following a bizarre solar storm that leaves much of the worlds population blinded, the Triffids real plans become obvious. They quickly escape the bonds of captivity and begin a rapid breeding programme and develop a taste for human flesh.

Dougray Scott plays Dr Bill Masen, a triffid expert who was luckily in hospital at the time of the solar storm and remains one of the few sighted people around. It is up to Bill to try and save the day.

Wyndham’s book, published in 1951, is a true classic and one that doesn’t supply an easy outcome for the protagonists, this is an exciting, big budget production and shows that the BBC’s new found love for scifi is showing no signs of going away soon. The Day of The Triffids was filmed in South-East England.

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UK / BBC-1 – Prodigy Pictures / 2×90 minute episodes / Broadcast 28 December 2009 – 4 January 2010

Writer: Patrick Harbinson / Novel: John Wyndham / Executive Producer: Justin Bodle / Producer: Stephen Smallwood / Director: Nick Copus

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DOUGRAY SCOTT as Bill Masen
JOELY RICHARDSON as Jo Playton
BRIAN COX as Dennis Masen
VANESSA REDGRAVE as Durrant
EDDIE IZZARD as Torrence
JASON PRIESTLEY as Croker
EWEN BREMNER as Walter Strange
SHANE TAYLOR as Osman
ANDREA HOPPE as Professor Vorless
NORA-JANE NOONE as Lucy
GENEVIEVE O’REILLY as Michelle Bradley
TIM FRANCES as Colonel
WILLIE JONAH as Old Man
STEVEN ELDER as Doctor Koch
ADAM SINCLAIR as Ashdown
JENN MURRAY as Susan
JULIA JOYCE as Imogen
RITA DAVIES as Wheelchair Lady
ROSALIND HALSTEAD as Cordelia
LIZZIE HOPLEY as Hilda
SIMON LOWE as Television Director
PHILIP ANTHONY as Father Thomas
TROY GLASGOW as Troy
PAUL CHAHIDI as Vronsky
JOHN WILSON GODDARD as Charlie
WILLIAM ILKLEY as Jeff
RAJI JAMES as Doctor
KATHRYN SUMNER as Bill’s Mother
SAM WILLIAMS as Young Bill
HELEN BARFORD as First Hospital Mother
MARGO VIRGINIA CARGILL as Second Hospital Mother
JASMINE HEFFERY as Third Hospital Mother
NATASHA ALDERSLADE as Fourth Hospital Mother
EVA SAYER as Girl in Street
CLAIRE-LOUISE CORDWELL as Girl’s Mother
SIMON NAYLOR, PAUL BLAIR as Men in Street
TONY MAUDSLEY as Blind Policeman
PAUL WOODSON as Barricade Police Officer
SCOTT BAKER as Barricade Police Sergeant
JOHN WHITE as Barricade Man
STEPHANIE CAREY as Barricade Woman
TIM VERSTEEGEN, KARL FISCHER as Australian Reporters

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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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