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Mrs Browns Boys (BBC-1 2011, Brendan O’Caroll)

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Sitcom Mrs Browns Boys is written by and stars Brendan O’Carroll who in best Old Mother Riley style plays the foul mouthed matriarch of the Brown family who loves nothing more than interfering in her sons business.

The theatre shows of Mrs Brown’s Boys has been a sell-out success for a number of years in Eire and the UK (O’Carroll created the character in the early 1990s), and this series, specially written by Brendan for the BBC and RTE, is jam-packed with all the laughs, surprises and drama of Mrs Brown on stage. Definitely not for the easily offended but very funny.

O’Carroll had also written four books in the 1990s featuring Mrs Brown. At that time she was known as Agnes Browne and the first book was made into a 1999 movie called Agnes Browne with Anjelica Huston. Over the next few years O’Carroll produced seven straight to DVD stories featuring the character who was by now in full Mrs Brown mode. These were all versions of the stage shows.

2014 saw the arrival of a proper big screen outing with Mrs Brown’s Boy D’Movie.

In a somewhat bizarre twist the game show The Guess List hosted by Rob Bryden was to have been a vehicle for Mrs Brown to have been called Mrs Brown’s Celebrities. O’Carroll made a pilot episode but then turned down the series. O’Carroll also turned down the chance to make a US special for HBO.

production details
UK / BBC1 / 27×30 minute episodes plus three specials running between 35 and 40 minutes / Broadcast from Monday 21 February 2011

Writer: Brendan O’Carroll / Producer: Stephen McCrum

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BRENDAN O’CARROLL as Agnes Brown
DERMOT O’NEILL as Grandad Brown
JENNIFER GIBNEY as Cathy Brown
PADDY HOULIHAN as Dermot Brown
DEREK REDDIN as Dr Flynn
FIONA O’CARROLL as Maria Nicholson
ELISH O’CARROLL as Winnie McGoogan
AMANDA WOODS as Betty Brown

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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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