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Hidden (BBC-1 2012, Philip Glenister, Thekla Reuten)

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Philip Glenister and film star Thekla Reuten lead the cast in Hidden, a taut and gripping four-part conspiracy thriller, made by Origin Pictures for BBC One.

Written and created by Ronan Bennett (Michael Man’s Public Enemies, The Hamburg Cell, Face) in collaboration with Walter Bernstein (The Magnificent Seven, The Money Trap, Fail Safe), Hidden revolves around the efforts of Harry Venn (Glenister), a small-time solicitor who is forced to delve into his murky past.

When a mysterious lawyer Gina Hawkes (Reuten) turns up asking Harry to find a missing alibi witness for her client he agrees to take on the job but is unwittingly drawn into investigating the death of his brother 20 years ago. Harry quickly finds himself caught up in a much bigger and more complex conspiracy.

Hidden was filmed on location in Belfast.

Speaking about the dynamic between Harry and the mysterious Gina, Glenister said: “Well it starts off from Harry’s point of view, he doesn’t know anything about Gina – he doesn’t know where she’s come from and the fact that she seems to know so much about him kind of freaks him out.

Initially he kind of dismisses her but then she mentions his brother, and a name from the past that he thinks only he and his mate and his ex wife know about. For this stranger to suddenly have this information freaks him.

He has no choice but to pursue Gina and find out exactly what’s going on, he follows her to Paris and she’s not giving anything away.

Their relationship starts off with massive distrust and Harry’s not sure if she’s working against him or for an organisation, it’s only through trial and perseverance that they begin to get anywhere and then from that point, when their lives are threatened and somebody from the past enters their lives, that’s when they start having to work together to try and save themselves and try to find out what’s been going on and how they’re involved.”

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Meanwhile Gina herself spoke about her favourite scenes: “There were a couple – being chased in the warehouse was great, it was fun – it was a bit of a competition between me and the camera team because I was trying to out run them to make the scene really fast.

It was a really incredible location – this totally worn down and overgrown warehouse, with mould everywhere and nails sticking out of the wood! It was great to have an action scene.

The other scene I really enjoyed was Gina’s confrontation with Sir Nigel Fountain – she finally knows what has happened and it’s very emotional. I really enjoyed doing that with David. All the scenes between these two characters were completed in 2 or 3 days, so it was quite an intense journey.

I enjoyed all my scenes with Phil! But I guess especially the bar scene in the beginning.”

production details
UK / BBC One – Origin Pictures / 4×60 minute episodes / Broadcast 2012

Writers: Ronan Bennett, Walter Bernstein / Executive Producer: Stephen Wright, David Thompson, Ed Rubin / Producer: Christopher Hall / Director: Niall MacCormick

cast
Philip Glenister as Harry Venn
Thekla Reuten as Gina Hawkes
David Suchet as Sir Nigel Fountain
Anna Chancellor as Elspeth Verney
Bertie Carvel as Alexander Whitworth
Richard Dormer as Frank Hanna
Mark Powley as Mark Venn
Peter Guinness as Jason Styles
Benjamin Smith as Matt
Matthew Marsh as James Morpeth
Paul Ritter as Stevie Quirke
Thomas Craig as DS/DI Fenton Russell

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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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