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Play For Today: Kisses At Fifty (BBC-1 1973, Bill Maynard)

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In the excellent Play For Today drama Kisses at Fifty Harry hits the half decade mark and feels life is passing him by, he begins an affair with the new barmaid at his local, Audrey. Both are very much married and it isn’t too long before the whole town knows about the affair. Harry’s marriage begins to disintegrate and he and Audrey decide to up sticks and start a new life down south.

Fantastic dialogue from the always reliable Welland make Kisses At Fifty a very real piece of drama. Maynard is superb in the lead, world weariness to the fore as the impact of what he has done starts to sink in. There is a memorable scene where he is forced to shave in the toilet pan of a train station loo. There are also small roles for a young James Hazledine and a pre coronation street Liz Dawn.

Great soundtrack from the Oldham Tinkers too!

classic quote
“You’re burning all your bridges, you know that Harry don’t you… Is it worth it?”

production details
UK / BBC-1 ‘Play for Today’ / 1×70 minute episode / Broadcast 22 January 1973 @ 9.25pm

Writer: Colin Welland / Music: The Oldham Tinkers / Production Design: Stuart Walker / Producer: Graeme McDonald / Director: Michael Apted

cast
BILL MAYNARD as Harry
ROSEMARIE DUNHAM as Rene
MARJORIE YATES as Audrey
LORI WELLS as Sandra
MAUREEN CALLAGHAN as Helen
JAMES HAZLEDINE as Chris
PAUL LUTY as Terry
ROBERT BOOTH as Keith
ANDREW BEAUMONT as Kevin
CHRISTINE MOUNTAIN as Lorraine
JOHN COMER as George
TED CARROLL as Mate
PAT WALLIS as Flo
ELIZABETH DAWN as Enid
CHRISTINE BUCKLEY as Winnie
JOHN ALDERSON as Audrey’s Husband
KATHY PROCTOR as Social Security Clerk
DAVID BRADLEY as Policeman
BERNARD ATHA as Social Security Man
FRED McNAUGHTON as Vicar

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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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