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Party Animals (BBC-2 2007 Matt Smith, Andrew Buchan)

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Party Animals takes us on an inside look at the work and personal lives of a group of twentysomething researchers and advisors working in the political world of Westminster. Scott and Danny are brothers whose father was a former MP. Scott is researcher for Home Office Junior Minister Jo Porter whose own personal and political life is going through some major dramas. Scott is working as a lobbyist but discontented with his lot. He is also interested in pursuing a relationship with Ashika Chandirimani, who is working as chief advisor to Tory James Northcote. Ashika is also keen to pursue a career as a backbencher.

Party Animals tries hard to be a This Life (and made for the same people) for the junior political set but doesn’t quite pull it off. Some good strong storylines though in amongst the swearing and the sex. One of the major pluses of the series is the positive aspect it shows. The young politicos really do believe they can make a difference but it does fall into the classic cliche of filming with the London Eye or Big Ben in shot, just so we don’t forget where we are.

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UK / BBC Two – World Productions / 8×50 minute episodes / Broadcast 31 January – 21 March 2007

Creators: Robert Jones, Ben Richards / Writers: Ben Richards (episodes 1, 2, 6, 7 and 8), Robert Jones (episode 3) and Fintan Ryan (episodes 4 and 5) / Political Consultant: Martin Bright / Producer: Eleanor Greene / Costumes: Simone Grace-Coleman / Production Design: Anna Higginson / Executive Producers: Simon Heat, Polly Hill

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ANDREW BUCHAN as Scott Foster
SHELLEY CONN as Ashika Chandirimani
ANDREA RISEBOROUGH as Kirsty Mackenzie
MATT SMITH as Danny Foster
PATRICK BALADI as James Northcote
CLEMENCY BURTON-HILL as Sophie Montgomery
PIP CARTER as Matt Baker
RAQUEL CASSIDY as Jo Porter
COLIN SALMON as Stephen Templeton
PETER WIGHT as George Morgan

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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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