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Edge Of Darkness (BBC-2 1985, Bob Peck, Joanne Whalley)

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Edge of Darkness was first broadcast in 1985 on the BBC’s second channel before being quickly repeated on the BBC1 the 6 part serial won practically every award going in the year following it’s broadcast.

Bob Peck plays Detective Inspector Ronald Craven who finds his life unravelling when his daughter (played by a pre fame Joanne Whalley) is shot down in cold blood in front of him. Initially Craven thinks that he was the target because of his recent involvement with terrorist informers in Northern Ireland.

As he investigates Ronald soon learns that his daughter (who makes ghostly type appearances throughout the serial offering Craven clues and signposts as to what is actually going on) was heavily involved with a group calling themselves Gaia, concerned environmentalists trying to close down a secret nuclear waste dump. Craven goes undercover (helped by Texan CIA agent Darius Jedburgh) inside the dump to try and get to the heart of the mystery.

Edge of Darkness really captured the downbeat, anti-nuclear feeling of the times with it’s inherent darkness contained not just in the title or in Eric Clapton and Michael Kamen’s truly atmospheric and award winning score but in every frame of the drama.

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Happier times for Craven and daughter Emma.

Besides Peck and Whalley there was a great cast that included Joe Don Baker as Jedburgh, Charles Kay as Pendleton, Tim McInnerny as Terry Shields and Zoe Wanamaker as Clemmy. Rightly recognised as one of the key pieces of television drama of the 1980s.

A well made US big screen version was made in the late 2000’s starring Mel Gibson in the Bob Peck role, it kept all the key elements whilst ramping up the action quotient a little.

Trivia: The serial was originally going to be called Magnox.

production details
UK / BBC-2 – Lionheart International Television / 6×55 minute episodes / Broadcast 4 November – 9 December 1985

Writer:Troy Kennedy Martin / Music: Eric Clapton, Michael Kamen / Cinematography: Andrew Dunn / Production Design: Graeme Thompson / Producer: Michael Wearing / Director: Martin Campbell

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Bob Peck as Ronald Craven
Joanne Whalley as Emma Craven
Joe Don Baker as Darius Jedburgh
Jack Watson as James Godbolt
Zoe Wanamaker as Clemmy
Tim McInnerny as Terry Shields
Ian McNiece as Harcourt
John Woodvine as Ross
David Fleeshman as Jones
Paul Humpoletz as Elham
Bill Stewart as Dingle
Kenneth Nelson as Grogan
Hugh Fraser as Bennett
Allan Cuthbertson as Chilwell
Sarah Martin as Polly Pelham
Paul Williamson as Bewes
Sean Caffrey as McCroon
Kenneth Kendall as Himself

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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

cast
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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