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Jamaica Inn (BBC-1 2014, Jessica Brown Findlay, Matthew McNulty)

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Period drama serial Jamaica Inn is set in 1821 when Mary Yellam, after the death of her mother, goes to live with her aunt who runs a pub on the windswept Cornish coast called Jamaica Inn. Mary very quickly discovers that her Aunt’s husband Joss is involved in smuggling along the coastline and may even be mixed up in murder.

Classic tale well told, previously filmed by HTV in 1983 with Jane Seymour, Trevor Eve and Patrick McGoohan. Despite the handsome production values the BBC came in for a lot of criticism thanks to a less than clear soundtrack. Volume issues for some viewers meant they could barely hear the dialogue and the incidental music was excessively loud. The BBC fixed things somewhat after the first episode but the damage had already been done.

production details
UK / BBC-1 – Origin Pictures – Screen Yorkshire / 3×60 minute episodes / Broadcast 21 -23 April 2014

Writer: Emma Frost / Novel: Daphne Du Maurier / Executive Producers: Ed Rubin, Joanie Blaikie, Hilary Heath, Hugo Heppell, Sarah Stack, Stephen Wright / Producers: David Thompson, Dan Winch / Director: Philippa Lowthorpe

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Jessica Brown Findlay as Mary Yellan
Matthew McNulty as Jem Merlyn
Sean Harris as Joss Merlyn
Shirley Henderson as Hannah
Joanne Whalley as Aunt Patience
Ben Daniels as Francis Davey
Andrew Scarborough as Magistrate Bassat
Scarlett Archer as Beth

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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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