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Heydays Hotel

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In period drama Heydays Hotel, written by television critic Philip Purser, a group of holiday makers spend time at the hotel of the title in the endless summer before the outbreak of world war two, all doing their best to skirt around the issue that their lives are all about to change for ever.

There’s a strange atmosphere about the hotel and things may not be all that they seem to be.

Heydays Hotel was one of a trio of plays billed under the collective banner of “Three Plays for ITV” although not billed as such in promotional listings, the other two were called “Our Young Mr Wignall” and “The Launderette”.

There are quite a few well known faces popping up too including Nigel Havers, Anne Reid, Susan Wooldridge, Lesley Dunlop and Linda Hayden.

production details
UK / ITV – Granada / 1×60 minute episode / Broadcast Monday 10 November 1976 at 9.10pm

Writer: Philip Purser / Production Design: Tim Farmer / Producer: Julian Aymes / Director: Derek Lister

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David Dixon as Ivor
Paul Seed as Barney
Nigel Havers as Dez
Pauline Jefferson as Miss Blain
Marjorie Sudell as Mrs Wills
Willoughby Gray as Mr McCabe
Peter Ellis as George
John Bott as Bright
Marlene Sidaway as Mrs Bright
Susan Wooldridge as Linda
Tenniel Evans as Dan Roberts
Anne Reid as Merel Roberts
Lesley Dunlop as Julie Roberts
Linda Hayden as Irmgarde
Alick Hayes as Stationmaster
Joyce Grundy as Motherly Woman

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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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