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Play For Today: Dog Ends (BBC-1 1984, Leonard Rossiter)

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In Play For Today Dog Ends the Time is Tomorrow. Christmas. Middle aged Arthur is growing weary of looking after his ageing, increasingly frail father. At the funeral for the father of his friend Henry who died at the same time as his beloved pet dog, Arthur lets slip the fact that his dog is also nearing the end of his time. Henry suggests the vet who helped him could also help Arthur only for there to be a serious mis-understanding over just what it is the Vet actually does.

A bitterly funny black comedy, Dog Ends takes plenty of shots at the British Welfare system, it’s set ever so slightly in the future and the Vet is revealed to be a pawn of the “government” who are apparently getting people used to the idea of “voluntary euthenasia” as a way to keep the numbers down.

Lots of fun, with a huge amount of comedy of recognition Dog Ends actually has all the elements of a classic farce. Almost all of the action takes place in the Arthur’s dining room and a young David Threllfall is almost unrecognisable as Arthur’s go-getting son Robert.

classic quote
“Family discussions are all very well, but not in the home”

production details
UK / BBC One / 1×72 minute episode / Broadcast 17 July 1984

Writer: Richard Harris / Script Editor: Leonard Kingston / Music: Jim Parker / Costumes: Valerie White / Production Design: Stuart Walker / Producer: Andree Molyneux / Director: Carol Wiseman

Series: Play For Today / Season Fifteen Episode Eleven

cast
LEONARD ROSSITER as Arthur
PAT HEYWOOD as Beatrice
DAVID THRELLFALL as Robert
LESLEY MANVILLE as Vivienne
BRYAN PRINGLE as Henry
JOHN GRILLO as The Vet
CHARLES LAMB as Grandad
LIZ CROWTHER as The Doctor
SIMON WHITE as The Baby
QUEST as The Dog

 

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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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