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Hallelujah (ITV 1983-1984, Thora Hird, Patsy Rowlands)

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Pretty much created for the lovely Dame Thora Hird by Dick Sharples, who had had a hand in Thora’s previous hit sitcom In Loving Memory, Hallelujah is a mid 1980’s situation comedy that followed the misadventures of Salvation Army Captain Emily Ridley. When the series opens aging, Emily is on the verge of being pensioned off by the sally ann top brass but instead is sent to work her magic on the sinful folk of the Yorkshire town of Brigthorpe. Emily is thrilled at what she sees as a new opportunity to flush out the town’s sinners. She takes with her, Alice Meredith (Patsy Rowlands) her ever faithful niece.

Emily definitely has her heart in the right place but her good intentions always come unstuck as she tangles with Brigthorpe’s working class folk. Dame Thora was a devout Christian and was also heavily affiliated with the real life Salvation Army being a guest speaker for them on many occasions, in later years she was also the long time host of the BBC’s Sunday Worship show and it is clear she is very much in her element here. David Daker, best known for playing Harry Crawford in Boon, pops up as main support in the second batch of episodes playing the put upon Brother Benjamin.

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UK / ITV – Yorkshire / 15×30 minute episodes / Broadcast 29 April 1983 – 21 December 1984

Writer: Dick Sharples / Title Music: The James Shepherd Versatile Brass / Producer: Ronnie Baxter

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THORA HIRD as Emily Ridley
PATSY ROWLANDS as Alice Meredith
DAVID DAKER as Brother Benjamin (Season 2)

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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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