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Hamish Macbeth (BBC-1 1995-1997, Robert Carlyle, Ralph Riach)

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Hamish Macbeth was a three season crime drama series starring Robert Carlyle as a laid back Scottish Highlands village bobby. Hamish was well liked in the village of Lochdubh and was not averse to smoking a bit of pot with the local doctor.

The villagers, especially shopkeeper Rory (and his teacher girlfriend Esme) and hotel owner Barney also played a big part in the series. The show also made much play of the gorgeous Scottish Highland’s locations. (Actually filmed in the village of Plockton which also served as the location for cult 70’s film The Wicker Man).

Hamish was concerned not to solve any major crimes in case his superiors should promote him to the big city. At the beginning of the series Hamish had a couple of love interests, the not that serious one with local reporter Isobel and the pretty serious one with daughter of the laird Alex. Alex returned to Lochdubh as the series began and was unsure of whether to pick up again with Hamish, she would later die in tragic circumstances midway through season two.

Hamish’s right hand in the show was TV John McPhee so called because he was the first person in Lochdubh to own a TV. The series also carried a strain of darkish humour throughout, for instance TV John was convinced of the fact that should he ever smell pomade then his death would be close at hand. This came to happen in the fantastic final two part story Destiny that saw most of the cast embark on a journey to bring home The Stone of Scone.

This final two parter also had Hamish and Isobel realise how much they loved each other.

Hamish Macbeth would have perhaps continued longer but Robert Carlyle was becoming a major movie player and wasn’t willing to commit to a longer running role.

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UK / BBC-1 – Zenith – Skyline / 20×50 minute episodes / Broadcast 26 March 1995 – 4 May 1997

Creator: Daniel Boyle / Novels: M.C. Beaton / Music: John Lunn / Costume Design: Leigh Bellis / Script Editor: Dominic Minghella (Season 1), Ming Ho / Producers: Deidre Keir (Seasons 1-2), Charles Salmon (Season 3)

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ROBERT CARLYLE as Hamish Macbeth
RALPH RIACH as TV John
JIMMY YUILL as Lachlan(95)
BILLY RIDDOCH as Lachlan(96-97)
STUART DAVIDS as Lachie Jr
VALERIE GOGAN as Alex(95-96)
BRIAN PETTIFER as Rory
ANN LACEY as Esme
DUNCAN DUFF as Doc Brown
BARBARA RAFFERTY as Agnes
STUART McGUIGAN as Barney
DAVID ASHTON as Major Roddy MacLean

THE EPISODES
SEASON ONE 26 March – 30 April 1995
1. THE GREAT LOCHDUBH SALT ROBBERY
2. A PILLAR OF THE COMMUNITY
3. THE BIG FREEZE
4. WEST COAST STORY
5. WEE JOCK’S LAMENT
6. A BIT OF AN EPIC

SEASON TWO 24 March – 28 April 1996
1. A PERFECTLY SIMPLE EXPLANATION
2. IN SEARCH OF A ROSE
3. ISOBEL PULLS IT OFF
4. RADIO LOCHDUBH
5. NO MAN IS AN ISLAND
6. THE LOCHBUBH DELUXE

SEASON THREE 16 March – 4 May 1997
1. THE HONOURABLE POLICEMAN
2. DEFERRED SENTENCE
3. THE LOCHDUBH ASSASSIN
4. THE GOOD THIEF
5. THE TROUBLE WITH RORY
6. MORE THAN A GAME
7. DESTINY PART 1
8. DESTINY PART 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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