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Girls On Top (ITV 1985-1986, Tracey Ullman, Dawn French)

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Sitcom. The distaff side to the Young Ones, Girls On Top is a superbly anarchic sitcom featuring the cream of alternative comedy talent of the early 1980’s.

The series sees Tracey Ullman, Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders and Ruby Wax pooling their resources to be able to afford a flat in London, they move into the house of the highly eccentric Lady Carlton (the superb Joan Greenwood).

Their are guest appearances from the likes of Harry Enfield, Hugh Laurie, Pauline Quirke, John Sessions, Ben Elton, Robbie Coltrane and a young Severus Snape in the shape of Alan Rickman.

Tracey Ullman doesn’t appear in the second season, she was making big inroads into a career in the US and her character was killed off. In fact the final episode of the series saw everybody killed off thanks to an accident by Lady Carlton and a load of petrol blowing everyone to smithereens.

In irony of ironies, the second seasons run of episodes was interrupted by that years Miss World contest.

production details
UK / ITV – Central – Witzend / 13×25 minute episodes / Broadcast 23 October 1985 – 11 December 1986

Writers: Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders, Ruby Wax / Script Editor: Ben Elton / Producers: Paul Jackson, Trevor Walton

cast
Tracey Ullman as Candice Valentine (series 1)
Dawn French as Amanda Ripley
Jennifer Saunders as Jennifer Marsh
Ruby Wax as Shelley Dupont
Joan Greenwood as Lady Carlton

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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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