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Deadwood (HBO 2004-2006, Timothy Olyphant, Ian McShane)

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Western drama series. July, 1876: Seth Bullock abandons his position as Marshall in the Montana Territory to begin a career as a hardware merchant in Deadwood, Dakota Territory, a burgeoning, lawless gold-rush town set in the heart of Native land. Joining Bullock in the endeavor is his friend Sol Star.

Also drawn to Deadwood is Wild Bill Hickok, the famed gunfighter and lawman. He travels with his old friend Charlie Utter and the foul-mouthed Calamity Jane. Ruling over much of the town is the foul moutherd Al Swearengen.

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Season two saw the action move to 1877 and Deadwood growing a pace heading right into becoming a town; Seth Bullock is town sheriff and Cy Tolliver is a brothel owner and Al’s chief rival in town.

Season three saw the arrival of a ruthless new businessman George Hearst (Gerald McRaney) who has big plans for Deadwood, even if that means making enemies whilst he does so. The rivalry that develops between Hearst and Swearengen drives through the heart of this season and builds towards the climax of the season – Deadwood’s first election.

A “reunion” movie has long been rumoured to be in the works.

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production details
USA / HBO / 36×60 minutes / 21 March 2004 – 27 August 2006

Creator/Executive Producer: David Milch

cast
Timothy Olyphant as the new lawman Seth Bullock
Ian McShane as the ruthless town boss Al Swearengen
John Hawkes as Sol Star
Molly Parker as Alma Garret
Powers Boothe as Cy Tolliver
Robin Weigert as Calamity Jane
Brad Dourif as Doc Cochran
Leon Rippy as Tom Nuttal
Paula Malcomson as Trixie
Sean Bridgers as Johnny Burns
W. Earl Brown as Dan Dority
Dayton Callie as Charlie Utter
Jim Beaver as Ellsworth
William Sanderson as E.B. Farnum
Kim Dickens as Joanie Stubbs
Jeffrey Jones as A.W. Merrick
Titus Welliver as Silas Adams
Anna Gunn as Martha Bullock
Garret Dillahunt as Francis Wolcott
Bree Seanna Wall as Sofia Metz
Josh Eriksson as William Bullock
Gerald McRaney as George Hearst

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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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