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Mapp And Lucia (Channel 4 1985-1986, Geraldine McEwan, Prunella Scales)

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Period comedy drama series Mapp and Lucia followed the petty rivalries of two friends, Emmilie ‘Lucia’ Lucas and Elizabeth Mapp in a small town during the 1920’s.

Made for Channel 4, this lavish recreation of the world of E.F. Benson’s perenially popular characters Elizabeth Mapp and Lucia Lucas is gorgeous stuff. A dream cast features Prunella Scales as Mapp and Geraldine McEwan as Lucia as well as the likes of Nigel Hawthorne, Denis Lill and Geoffrey Chater. The setting is the small sea-side town of Tilling-On_sea where the well to do ladies are each determined to be the most influential person in town.

Frequently hilarious and with wonderful production values this was a brilliant evocation of Benson’s humorous stories. The BBC mounted a new 3 part version for Christmas 2014 which sadly came and went without a great deal of fanfare.

Scales, McEwan and Hawthorne were all longtime Benson enthusiasts, fascinated by his lively, waspish dialogue, sure that the books cried out to be adapted. Hawthorne once even thought of securing them himself for television. That the characters are less than real was inviting for the kinds of actors who enjoy fleshing out and hunianising parts for themselves.

“They are” observed Geraldine in a TV Times article promoting the series, “so wonderfully eccentric. There’s a kind of wicked ruthlessness about everyone. Lucia gets a kick out of being ruthless. And she’s quite flirtatious, which is why most people like her. They need her – she’s a leader. She and Georgie are terrific friends, but they’re terribly competitive.”

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UK / Channel 4 London Weekend Television / 10×60 minute episodes / Broadcast 14 April 1985 – 31 May 1986

Writer: Gerald Savory / Novels: E.F. Benson / Theme Music: Jim Parker / Producer: Michael Dunlop / Executive Producer: Nick Elliott / Director: Donald McWhinnie

cast
Geraldine McEwan as Lucia
Prunella Scales as Mapp
Nigel Hawthorne as Georgie
Denis Lill as Major ‘Benjy’
Mary Macleod as Diva
James Greene as Padre
Cecily Hobbs as Quaint Irene
Geoffrey Chater as Mr Wyse
Marion Mathie as Mrs Wyse
Geraldine Newman as Grosvenor
Ken Kitson as Cadman
Lucinda Gane as Foljambe
Cherry Morris as Withers
Carol Macready as Daisy Quantock

THE EPISODES
SEASON ONE 14 April – 12 May 1985
1. THE VILLAGE FETE
2. BATTLE STATIONS
3. THE ITALIAN CONNECTION
4. LOBSTER POTS
5. THE OWL AND THE PUSSYCAT

SEASON TWO 3 May – 31 May 1986
1. WINNER TAKES ALL
2. CHANGE AND CHANGE ABOUT
3. LADY BOUNTIFUL
4. WORSHIP
5. AU RESERVOIR

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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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