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Play For Today: Edna The Inebriate Woman (BBC-1 1971, Patricia Hayes)

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Edna The Inebriate Woman was a drama in the Play For Today strand. An elderly bag lady refuses to be helped out of her predicament.

After Cathy Come Home this was activist writer Jeremy Sandford’s second most important production (the novel of Edna had also been published earlier in the year), he used the comedic and bathetic skills of Patricia Hayes to great affect in this at times heartbreaking drama. Sean Day-Lewis in The Times said it was “all the more truthful for being so well laced with comedy.”

Also in The Times (22 Oct 71) Chris Dunkley reviewed the production saying “as usual there will be those who object to being preached at. But since the dawn of drama playwrights have been using their special positions to preach and to single out Sandford for criticism is only to emphasize the extraordinary success of his chosen methods of getting his message across.”

Edna The Inebriate Woman was repeated the following year on 2 March 1972 and again in 1977 (20 August) as part of the BBC’s Festival 77 series of important productions. It was then shown again on 3 November 1986 as an example of the BBC’s important play output over the years.

production details
UK / BBC-1 / 1×90 minute episode / Broadcast 21 October 1971

Writer: Jeremy Sandford / Producer: Irene Shubik / Director: Ted Kotcheff

Play For Today / Season 2 Episode 2

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Patricia Hayes as Edna
Barbara Jefford as Josie
Pat Nye as Irene
June Watson as Attendant At The Spike
Denis Carey as Doctor At The Spike
Jerry Verno as Old Man
Rex Rashley as Old Man
Walter Sparrow as Proprietor of Common Lodging House
Amelia Bayntun as Jessie
Douglas Ditta as Social Security Clerk
Chris Gannon as Tramp
Talfryn Thomas as Tramp
Charles Farrell as Tramp
Vivian Mackerrell as Tramp
Marie Conmee as Paddy At Common Lodging House
Jenny Logan as Doris, On The Road
Anthony Dawes as Man in Car
Elaine Mitchell as Social Security Official
John Hussey as Psychiatrist
Dorothy Lane as Old Woman
Patsy O’Shea as Old Woman
June Brown as Clara
Jumoke Debayo as Staff Nurse
Jo Maxwell Muller as Nina
Malcolm Terris as Psychiatrist in Hospital
Keith Marsh as Porter
Eamonn Boyce as Proprietor of Lodging House
James Cairncross as Rogo At Charitable Institution
Virginia Snyder as Bed Ticket Proprietor
Alex Marshall as Social Security Clerk
Norman Lumsden as Magistrate
Mark Moss as Policeman
Merelina Kendall as Nun
Frances Tomelty as Nun
Freda Dowie as Mother Superior
John Trigger as Graham
Geraldine Sherman as Trudi
Cheryl Hall as Vangi
Kate Williams as Teresa
Roger Hammond as Victor
Peggy Aitchison as Lil
Jeffrey Segal as Counsel At Public Hearing
David Garth as Defence
George Belbin as Chairman

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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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