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Grace And Favour (BBC-1 1992-1993, Mollie Sugden, John Inman)

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In Are You Being Served sequel Grace and Favour, Grace Brothers closes and the staff finds that their pension money was used by Young Mr. Grace to buy the run-down Millstone Manor house. Young Mr. Grace has now passed away from a heart attack brought on by his nurse, Miss Lovelock, so the house has been made into a hotel run by Mr. Rumbold. The staff has no option but to try and run it themselves.

Getting a new hotel up and running proves to be a much more difficult task than the ex-shopworkers had originally expected of course.

They are helped (or hindered) by the caretaker, Maurice Moulterd (Billy Burden) and his daughter Mavis (Fleur Bennett).

Grace and Favour was made seven years after the end of Are You Being Served but most of the major characters returned. Although the location had changed nothing else had.

The real life Millstone Manor was Chavenage House in Gloucestershire.

The series was known as Are You Being Served Again in the US.

Grace and Favour

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UK / BBC One / 12×30 minute episodes / Broadcast 10 January 1992 – 8 February 1993

Writers: Jeremy Lloyd, David Croft / Producer and Director: Mike Stephens

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Mollie Sugden as Mrs Slocombe
Frank Thornton as Captain Stephen Peacock RASC (Ex)
John Inman as Mr Humphries
Wendy Richard as Miss Brahms
Nicholas Smith as Mr Cuthbert Rumbold
Joanne Heywood as Jessica Lovelock
Billy Burden as Maurice Moulterd
Fleur Bennett as Mavis Moulterd
Shirley Cheriton as Miss Prescott
Michael Bilton as Mr Thorpe

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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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