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Play For Today: Schmoedipus (BBC-1 1974, Anna Cropper, Tim Curry)

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In Schmoedipus, a Play For Today entry from the 1974 season, Elizabeth is more than a little shocked when a young man turns up on her doorstep claiming to be the son she had adopted when she was a teenager. His name is Glen and he appears to know all about the facts surrounding his birth but Glen’s demeanour is quite menacing. He tells his “mother” that he is upset that he missed out on his upbringing with her and wants to physically return to his childhood. Elizabeth is even more perturbed when Glen reveals he has walked out of a mental institution. Meanwhile Elizabeth’s train obsessed husband is going through something of a crisis at work…

Schmoedipus is pretty much almost the classic Potter format, a stranger inveilgling their way into a suburban house hold. The overall tone is quite disturbing, Tim Curry is excellent and the Al Jolson-esque Mother song he sings is just fabulous, the last fifteen minutes turns the whole thing on its head for a brilliant denoument and as usual you are left shaking your head at Potter’s audicity and skill.

Potter would later rework the script for the film Track 29 starring Theresa Russell in the Anna Cropper role.

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UK / BBC-1 / 1×75 minute episode / Broadcast 20 June 1974

Writer: Dennis Potter / Production Design: Peter Seddon / Producer: Kenith Trodd / Director: Barry Davis

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ANNA CROPPER as Elizabeth Carter
JOHN CARSON as Tom Carter
TIM CURRY as Glen
JOHN HORSLEY as Ronnie
BOB HOSKINS as Blake
CAROL MACREADY as Dorothy
REG CRANFIELD as Man in Corridor

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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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