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Lucky Jim (ITV-1 2003, Stephen Tompkinson, Keeley Hawes)

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Period comedy Lucky Jim focuses on Jim Dixon who is a luckless lecturer at a provincial British university, trying to make a splash with his pompous boss, Professor Neddy Welch. Jim is also trying to make it with the woman of his dreams, Christine Callaghan , while simultaneously being pursued by the woman of his nightmares, fellow lecturer Margaret Peel. One (of many) complications is that Christine is the girlfriend of Professor Welch’s egotistical artist son, Bertrand. Another is that Margaret keeps attempting suicide to get Jim’s attention. But despite his misadventures, Jim keeps his eyes on the prize: a leg up on the ladder to a professorship in medieval history.

Some very high production values and top notch casting made this a joy to watch and easily the equal of the 1950’s Boulting Brothers version with Ian Carmichael.

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UK / ITV-1 – WTTV- WGBH Boston / 1×120 minute episode / Broadcast 11 April 2003

Based on the novel by Kingsley Amis / Writer and Associate Producer: Jack Rosenthal / Director of Photography: Julian Court / Production Design: Tim Hutchinson / Costume Design: Anushia Nieradzik / Music: Mark Russell / Producer: Sanne Craddick, Analisa Barreto / Director: Robin Sheppard

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STEPHEN TOMPKINSON as Jim Dixon
KEELEY HAWES as Christine Callaghan
ROBERT HARDY as Professor Neddy Welch
PENELOPE WILTON as Celia Welch
HELEN McCRORY as Margaret Peel
STEPHEN MANGAN as Bertrand Welch
HERMOINE NORRIS as Cecil Goldsmith
ANTHONY CALF as Julius Gore-Urqhart
DENIS LAWSON as Stanley
DAVID RYALL as Alfred Beesley
HUGH PARKER as Evan Johns
ROBERT WILFORT as Mr Wilson
TIM WYLTON as Mrs Cutler
URSULA JONES as Mr Pringle
ANTHONY SMEE as Taxi Driver
DORIAN LOUGH as Bus Conductor
IAN LINDSAY as Mr Catchpole

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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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