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Play On One, The (BBC-1 1988-1991, Diana Rigg, Anthony Hopkins)

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Across the course of four series The Play On One offered a diverse range of one off productions, quite a few of them originated from BBC Scotland.

Writers ranged from the likes of the legendary Peter McDougall to John Byrne and took in a fine production written by actor Antony Sher as well as one by Trevor Griffiths.

The dramas were pretty much all shot on film to a high standard and accordingly the casts were nicely high profiles too including the likes of Harvey Keitel, Susan Wooldridge, Diana Rigg, David Calder, James Fox, Anthony Hopkins and Harry Andrews (to name just a few!).

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UK / BBC-1 / 30 episodes of various duration / AIRDATES: 19 January 1988 – 29 August 1991

THE PLAY ON ONE PRODUCTIONS
SERIES 1 19 January – 8 March 1988
1. DOWN WHERE THE BUFFALO GO (19 January 1988)
2. THE DARK ROOM (26 January 1988)
3. NORMAL SERVICE (2 February 1988)
4. THE DUNROAMIN’ RISING (9 February 1988)
5. A WHOLLY HEALTHY GLASGOW (16 February 1988)
6. UNREPORTED INCIDENT (23 February 1988)
7. AIRBASE (1 March 1988)
8. THE PARTY (8 March 1988)

SERIES 2 21 February – 25 April 1989
1. HEARTLAND (21 February 1989)
2. THESE FOOLISH THINGS (28 February 1989)
3. GOVAN GHOST STORY (7 March 1989)
4. THE SHAWL (14 March 1989)
5. A VIEW OF HARRY CLARK (21 March 1989)
6. THE GIFT (28 March 1989)
7. CLOWNS (4 April 1989)
8. BITING THE HANDS (11 April 1989)
9. A MASTER OF THE MARIONETTES (18 April 1989)
10. UNEXPLAINED LAUGHTER (25 April 1989)

SERIES 3 26 July 1990 – 30 August 1990
1. CHANGING STEP (26 July 1990)
2. THE WRECK ON THE HIGHWAY (2 August 1990)
3. KILLING TIME (9 August 1990)
4. OBITUARIES (16 August 1990)
5. SEPARATION (23 August 1990)
6. YELLOWBACKS (30 August 1990)

SERIES 4 25 July 1991 – 29 August 1991
1. MISTERIOSO (25 July 1991)
2. GAS AND CANDLES (1 August 1991)
3. ESCAPE FROM CAMPALA (8 August 1991)
4. AND THE COW JUMPED OVER THE MOON (15 August 1991)
5. OUT OF THE BLUE (22 August 1991)
6. EFFIE’S BURNING (29 August 1991)

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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.

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

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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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