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French Fields (ITV 1989-1991, Julia McKenzie, Anton Rodgers)

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French Fields was not so much a sequel to Fresh Fields but more a continuation of the series (albeit three after the final season of Fresh Fields) with a subtle name change and new locale. It saw Hester and William, the couple from that series decide to up sticks and move to France William Fields (Anton Rogers) is offered a new job there.

Of course there was the initial shock of a whole new culture to get used to, middle class Barnes was very different from their new village life in St Martin near Boulogne. Luckily for William and Hester they had a pair of boorish English neighbours in the shape of Hugh and Jill.

The idea of upping sticks and moving to Europe, France in particular, was very big in the 1980’s and 1990’s. Co-Author John Chapman himself owned a home in the Dordogne.

production details
UK / ITV – Thames / 18×30 minute episodes 1×45 minute episode / Broadcast 5 September 1989 – 8 October 1991

Creator: John Chapman / Producer: James Gilbert

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Julia McKenzie as Hester Fields
Anton Rodgers as William Fields
Pamela Salem as Chantal Moriac
Liz Crowther as Jill Trendle (series 1-2)
Robin Kermode as Hugh Trendle (series 1-2)
Valerie Lush as Madame Remoleux
Sally Baxter as Emma (series 1)
Karen Ascoe as Emma (after series 1)
Philip Bird as Peter
Brian de Salvo as Henri Nadal (series 1)
Nicholas Courtney as Marquis (series 1 – 2)
Olivier Pierre as Monsieur Dax (series 2 & special)
Philip McGough as Monsieur Dax (series 3)
Bridget McConnel as Madame Dax (series 2-3)
Victoria Baker as Marie-Christine Dax (series 2-3)

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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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