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Fargo II (FX 2015, Patrick Wilson, Kirsten Dunst)

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Season two of Fargo features a completely new cast and story and is set in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and Luverne, Minnesota. With some nice echoes of season one the main character is State Trooper Lou Solverson, Molly’s dad. The plot sees Lou getting caught up in a turf war between the Gerhardt family and a Kansas City Crime Syndicate. Things begin to get seriously out of hand when beautician Peggy Blumquist accidentally runs over Rye the youngest member of the Gerhardt clan and persuades her butcher husband Ed to dispose of his body in a way you really don’t want to think about.

Like the first season the level of violence is incredibly extreme but the level of playing and script is such that you are carried along. If anything season two is even better than season one. There are some really great performances on display here, Kirsten Dunst is a revelation as Peggy who is either in a severe state of shock or not dealing from a full deck. She is determine to “actualise” herself and just be the best me that she can be. A brilliant performance. There is also a nicely understated performance from Ted Danson as Sheriff Hank Larsson (he is also Molly’s grand-dad and Lou’s father-in-law) and a star making turn from Bokeem Woodbine as enforcer Mike Milligan. Fair to say there isn’t a duff note throughout the whole ten episodes. Even the arrival of a Deux Ex Machina UFO in episode 9 fits right into the vibe.

A third season is currently in pre-production stages. It’s set in 2010 and stars Ewan McGregor as twins. If it’s anything like it’s predecessors it will be unmissable. Fargo is one of the best shows of the decade.

Fargo II

Patrick Wilson as Lou Solverson

production details
USA / FX / 10×60 minute episodes / Broadcast 12 October – 14 December 2015

Writer: Noah Hawley / Executive Producers: Noah Hawley, Warren Littlefield, Joel Coen, Ethan Coen, Adam Bernstein, Geyer Kosinski

cast
Kirsten Dunst as Peggy Blumquist
Patrick Wilson as State Trooper Lou Solverson
Jesse Plemons as Ed Blumquist
Jean Smart as Floyd Gerhardt
Ted Danson as Sheriff Hank Larsson
Cristin Milioti as Betsy Solverson
Jeffrey Donovan as Dodd Gerhardt
Bokeem Woodbine as Mike Milligan
Brad Garrett as Joe Bulo
Nick Offerman as Karl Weathers
Kieran Culkin as Rye Gerhardt
Michael Hogan as Otto Gerhardt
Zahn McClarnon as Hanzee Dent
Angus Sampson as Bear Gerhardt
Adam Arkin as Hamish Broker
Raven Stewart as young Molly Solverson
Emily Haine as Noreen Vanderslice
Daniel Beirne as Sonny Greer
Brad Mann as Gale Kitchen
Todd Mann as Wayne Kitchen
Elizabeth Marvel as Constance Heck
Rachel Keller as Simone Gerhardt
Allan Dobrescu as Charlie Gerhardt
Keir O’Donnell as Ben Schmidt
Bruce Campbell as Ronald Reagan
Martin Freeman as Narrator
Allison Tolman as Molly Solverson
Joey King as Greta Grimly
Colin Hanks as Gus Grimly
Keith Carradine as Lou Solverson

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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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