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Exile (BBC-1 2011, John Simm, Jim Broadbent)

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Drama thriller serial Exile follows journalist Tom Rondstadt who following a disaster in his career returns home to Lancashire (after a gap of 18 years) to try and fix up some of the lost ground between himself and his ageing father and get to the bottom of the events that led to Tom leaving home years before. But Tom’s investigations lead him to expose a mind-blowing scandal, two decades old, that changes their lives forever.

With Tom’s father in the grip of Alzheimers Tom becomes increasingly frustrated with his father’s failure to remember. He persists, unaware that he is unearthing a devastating crime that will reveal secrets he could never have imagined.

Despite the thriller overtones at it’s heart the serial is one about relationships, the fixing of broken ones and redemption. Always a treat to see Jim Broadbent, here playing Tom’s father and John Simm as always proves himself to be one of the best actors on the box. There is a strong supporting role for Olivia Colman too as Tom’s sister who has been caring for her father all these years whilst Tom is down in “that London”.

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UK | BBC-1 – AbbottVision – Red Productions

RUNNING TIME: 60 minutes | NUMBER OF EPISODES: 3 | AIRDATES: Sunday 1 May – Tuesday 3 May 2011

CREATOR: Paul Abbott | WRITER: Danny Brocklehurst | DIRECTOR: John Alexander

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JOHN SIMM as Tom Randstadt
JIM BROADBENT as Sam Rondstadt
OLIVIA COLMAN as Nancy
CLAIRE GOOSE as Mandy

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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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