Connect with us
The Mind Beyond The Mind Beyond

TV

Mind Beyond, The (BBC-2 1976, Donald Pleasence, Geoffrey Bayldon)

Published

on

The Mind Beyond was a highly regarded anthology of six off kilter glimpses into the supernatural, other worldly. The series, which had a couple of try outs (The Breakthrough and Mrs Acland’s Ghosts) in the Playhouse strand, was produced by Irene Shubik who clearly had a serious interest in the subject having worked on shows such as Out of the Unknown and Wessex Tales.

The six productions, which mostly worked very well and developed quite a strong and unsettling environment, ranged from an investigation into spirit materialisation through to an autistic girl with possible paranormal powers, dreams that seem to be coming true and bizarre events surrounding Stonehenge.

Writers included David Halliwell, Brian Hayles, Bruce Stewart and William Trevor, none of whom really had backgrounds in telefantasy or supernatural drama but that certainly didn’t hamper the feel of the plays in any way. There were strong casts involved too from the likes of Donald Pleasence, William Lucas, Anna Massey, Peter Sallis, Michael Bryant, Geoffrey Bayldon, Clifford Rose, Judy Parfitt, John Wells, Johnny Briggs (soon to go on to Coronation Street) and even a rare acting role for journalist Janet Street Porter.

As with any anthology series some episodes are stronger than the others but the standard is generally pretty high. Included in the listing below are the two playhouse entries mentioned above which are clearly part of the same strand and were even included in the tie-in novel that was issued around the time of the original broadcast.

THE EPISODES
PLAYHOUSE
THE BREAKTHROUGH (8 January 1975)
MRS ACLAND’S GHOSTS (15 January 1975)

THE MIND BEYOND
MERIEL THE GHOST GIRL (29 September 1976)
DOUBLE ECHO (6 October 1976)
THE LOVE OF A GOOD WOMAN (13 October 1976)
THE DAEDALUS EQUATIONS (20 October 1976)
STONES (27 October 1976)
THE MAN WITH THE POWER (3 November 1976)

production details
UK / BBC2 / 6×60 minute episodes / Broadcast 29 September – 3 November 1976

Titles: Bernard Lodge / Title Music: Joseph Horovitz / Producer: Irene Shubik

 

Advertisement












TV

Ape And Essence (The Wednesday Play BBC-1 1966, Alec McCowen)

Published

on

By

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

cast
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

Continue Reading

TV

Plane Makers, The (ITV 1963-1965, Patrick Wymark, Barbara Murray)

Published

on

By

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.

cast
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

Continue Reading

TV

Running Wild (ITV 1987, Ray Brooks, Janet Key)

Published

on

By

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.

cast
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

Continue Reading

ADVERTISEMENT



ADVERTISEMENT

More to View