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Eldorado (BBC-1 1992, Patricia Brake, Jesse Birdsall)

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Twice weekly drama series Eldorado told of life for a group of ex-pats living on the Costa Del Sol in the Spanish fishing village of Los Barcos.

This heavily hyped soap opera was one that the BBC hoped would be a long runner, sadly it lasted exactly one year, the series was no worse than any other soap on the air at the time although it did have quite a few actors new to the medium who came in for a lot of criticism (TV pundits were quick to point out that the title was an anagram of Real Dodo).

Eldorado

Sandra Sandri as Pilar and Jesse Birdsall as Marcus

It wasn’t a cheap show for the BBC, the corporation even built a purpose built resort on the Costa Del Sol but it was the over hyped factor that totally killed it because expectations were so high it wasn’t allowed to find it’s audience. It went under the working title of Little England.

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UK / BBC-1 – Cinema Verity – J DY T / 156×30 minute episodes / Broadcast 6 July 1992 – 9 July 1993

Creators: Julia Smith, Tony Holland / Original Idea: Verity Lambert, John Dark / Theme Music: Simon May / Producers: Julia Smith, Corinne Hollingsworth

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Patricia Brake as Gwen Lockhead
Campbell Morrison as Drew Lockhead
Josh Nathan as Blair Lockhead
Julie Fernandez as Nessa Lockhead
Polly Perkins as Trish Valentine
Kal Maurer as Dieter Schultz
Leslee Udwin as Joy Slater
Patch Connolly as Snowy White
Franco Rey as Roberto Fernandez
Stella Maris as Rosario Fernandez
Maria Sanchez as Maria Fernandez
Maria Vega as Abuela
Iker Ibanez as Javier Fernandez
Bo Corre as Ingrid
Jesse Birdsall as Marcus Tandy
Sandra Sandri as Pilar Moreno
Faith Kent as Olive King
Roger Clarkson as Bunny Charlson
Roland Curram as Freddie
Kathy Pitkin as Fizz
William Lucas as Stanley Webb
Hilary Crane as Rosemary Webb
Hayley Bromley as Tracy
Clare Wilkie as Trine Svendsen
Charlie Condou as Clive
Derek Martin as Alex Morris

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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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