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Flickers (ITV 1980, Bob Hoskins, Frances De La Tour)

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In Flickers with cinema in it’s infancy at the start of the 20th century Arnie Cole is a showman, travelling the country and setting up cinema screens wherever he can find space. What he really wants though is to produce his own films – he knows thats where the real money is. When he meets the well to do Maud who just happens to have found herself pregnant after an ill-judged romance he realises they could make the perfect team. She makes him an offer he can’t refuse – marry her and give her baby a name and she will do everything she can to make his film dreams come true.

A fabulous series and a shame it only ran to six episodes, Bob Hoskins and Frances De La Tour spark wonderfully off each other as their relationship develops from one of mutual need to actual love over the course of the episodes and the evocation of the early days of silent cinema is terrific. The scripts are by Roy Clarke, best known for comedy Last of the Summer Wine. The subject was obviously dear to his heart as he returned to it in a later, equally entertaining, series called Pictures!

Technical advisor on the series John Huntley also provided the main camera used in the film making scenes – a hand cracked 1907 Moy which was used during World War I to film soldiers during the battle of the Somme.

Trivia: Maud’s brother in the series is played by Frances’ real life brother Andy.

production details
UK / ITV – ATV / 6×50 minute episodes / Broadcast 17 September – 22 October 1980

Writer: Roy Clarke / Music: Ron Grainer / Executive Producer: David Reid / Producer: Joan Brown / Director: Cyril Coke

cast
Bob Hoskins as Arnie Cole
Frances de la Tour as Maud
Maxine Audley as Gwendoline Harper
Fraser Cains as LLewellyn
Philip Madoc as Jack Brewer
Sheila Reid as Lily Brewer
Tom Cotcher as Hector
Granville Saxton as Max Legendre
Dickie Arnold as Corky Brown
Valerie Holliman as Cora Brown
Joanna Foster as Clara Brewer
Teresa Codling as Dotty Brewer
Jim Hooper as Percy Bowden
Patrick Gordon as Gilbert Winslow
Peggy Ann Wood as Nanny
Sheri Shepstone as Violet
Teddy Turner as Eddie Marco
Sherrie Hewson as Letty
Andy De La Tour

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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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