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Mind Beyond, The: The Love Of A Good Woman (BBC-2 1976, William Lucas, Anna Massey)

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In The Love of a Good Woman, the third in a series of six single dramas in The Mind Beyond strand Henry and Isabella have been sweethearts since childhood. Long time married but with no children the pair run a seaside pub called The Eagle’s Rest Inn, however the arrival of the brassy Emily Troop changes things forever. When Isabella dies (she commits suicide) Henry very quickly marries Emily and the pair have a child, some years later their young daughter begins to act very strangely towards Henry.

There is a very strange atmosphere throughout this intriguing story that mixes ghosts in with future visions. Isabella is a pretty disturbed individual, caring more the dolls she makes than for anything else. She doesn’t go out and has dreams about the arrival of Emily. All in all this is quite a creepy tale.

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UK / BBC-2 / 1×60 minute episode / Broadcast 13 October 1976

Writer: William Trevor / Music: Joseph Horovitz / Costumes: Christine Rawlins / Production Design: Sally Hulke / Producer: Irene Shubik / Director: Graham Evans

Series: The Mind Beyond / Episode 3 of 6

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ANNA MASSEY as Isabella Ridout
WILLIAM LUCAS as Henry Ridout
DIANA BISHOP as Emily Troop
FREDERICK BENNETT as Mr Palamountain
LIZA HAYDEN as Margaret Ann
PEGGY ANN WOOD as Mrs Addicott
RONALD RUSSEL as Mr Addicott
TONY SYMPSON as Mr Gee
WALLY THOMAS as Old Tom
ALAN HAY as Dr Percival
JOHN BAKER as Mr Baste
PAUL COOPER, TOM COTCHER, JOHN KEARNEY, JOHN SARBUTT as Darts Players

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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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