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Line of Duty (BBC 2012, Martin Compston, Vicky McClure)

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Crime drama series Line of Duty focuses on the work of AC12, a police anti-corruption unit. Heading up the unit is Superintendant Ted Hastings, with Detective Inspector Matthew “Dot” Cotton, Detective Sergeant Steve Arnott and Detective Constable Kate Fleming completing the team.

In the first series Steve is working as part of a West Midlands anti-terrorism squad. He gets caught up in a conspiracy involving DCI Tony Gates (played by Lennie James) but refuses to lie and cover up. He is eventually asked to join AC12.

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Vicky McClure as Kate Fleming

Seasons 2 and 3 focused on two cases that as the episodes progressed became more and more intertwined until eventually it was clear there was just one even bigger story at the heart of things. Beginning with an investigation involving Detective Inspector Lindsay Denton (a superb change of pace for Keeley Hawes) who may have planted evidence in her bid to bring down a major villain the series twists and turns at every opportunity. In the end it is the bringing down of a corrupt cop known only as “The Caddy” that has the hugest repercussions for the unit.

Line of Duty is a superbly tense series, like the best modern television this is no story of the week show but one that builds and builds. The show has also become one of the most popular BBC-2 shows ever (so much so that it is to move to BBC-1 from 2017) and has won a veritable stack of awards.

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Keeley Hawes as Lindsay Denton

Season one is pretty self contained but carries plenty of echoes throughout the rest of following two seasons. The big story that carried through seasons 2 and 3 (which we won’t reveal too much about for non-spoilers sake) does come to a conclusion but there are certainly enough strands left hanging to keep you wondering just where the series will go next.

Line of Duty

Martin Compston and Adrian Dunbar.

production details
UK / BBC-2 – World Productions / 16×60 minute episodes 1×90 minute episode / Broadcast 26 June 2012 – 28 April 2016

Creator: Jed Mercurio / Producers: Jed Mercurio (season 1), Peter Norris (seasons 2-3)

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Martin Compston as Steve Arnott
Vicky McClure as Kate Fleming
Adrian Dunbar as Ted Hastings
Craig Parkinson as Matthew “Dor” Cotton
Keeley Hawes as Lindsay Denton (seasons 2-3)
Neil Morrissey as Nigel Morton (seasons 2-3)
Lennie James as DCI Tony Gates (season 1)
Gina McKee as Jackie Laverty (season 1)
Kate Ashfield as Jools Gates (season 1)
Jessica Raine as DC Georgia Trotman (season 2)
Daniel Mays as Sgt Daniel Waldron (season 3)
Arsher Ali as PC Harinderpal Bains (season 3)
Polly Walker as Gill Biggeloe (season 3)
Jonas Armstrong as Joe Nash (season 3)
Thandie Newton as DCI Roz Huntley (season 4)
Lee Ingleby as Nick Huntley (season 4)
Maya Sondhi as PC Maneet Bindra (season 4)
Royce Pierreson as Detective Constable Jamie Desford (season 4)

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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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