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Playbus / Playdays (BBC 1988-1997, Zoe Ball, Simon Davies)

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Pre school show that carried on where Play School left off. Each day the Playdays bus stopped off at a different (studio) location. Always on board for the ride were puppets Peggy Patch and Poppy the Cat, on Mondays the show stopped at the Lost Property Office where the puppet Why Bird lived, amongst the things people had left behind. Besides the Lost Property office the bus would also stop at the Playground (on a Tuesday) for fun and games, on Wednesdays it was the Dot stop (Dot didn’t speak and was played by Rebecca Higgins, The Dot Stop though was later replaced by the Roundabout Stop (in 1992) where the gang would find musical Mr Jolly. Thursdays was The Patch stop with fun and games for Peggy Patch the doll whilst Fridays was about dress up and play in The Tent Stop (until 1995 when the action moved to Poppy’s house).

The series was initially known as Playbus (until the 25 December 1989) before the name change to Playdays. Obviously very similar in style and content to Play School but the BBC wanted to offer up a more diverse show for the 1980’s and 90’s pre-schooler. Some well known faces turned up as presenters including the likes of Zoe Ball and the ubiquitous kids presenter Dave Benson Phillips. The show was filmed at Capital Group Studios.

production details
UK / BBC-Felgate Productions/ x20m-e / Broadcast 17 October 1988 – 28 March 1997

Creator: Cynthia Felgate / Music: Richard Brown / Producers: Clare Bradley, Penny Lloyd, Barbara Roddam, Anne Reay, Michael Cole, Ann Gobey, Kate Marlow / Executive Producers: Cynthia Felgate, Andrew Thomas

Puppet Voices
SUE MONROE as Poppy
SALLY PRESIG as Peggy Patch
ELLIE DARVILL as Why Bird
NICK MERCER as Moriss
MICHELE DURLER as Milly

LIZZIE was played by Elizabeth Watts
MR ROBIN was played by Robin Fritz and then Clive Duncan and finally Andy Hockley
CHARLIE GRINDLE was played by Nick Mercer
DOT was played by Rebecca Higgins and others were played by Liz Kitchen, Eithne Hannigan, Dyanne White
MR DOMINO was played by Stephen Cannon
BITSY BOB was played by Michele Durler

Presenters Included
ZOE BALL
DAVE BENSON PHILLIPS
CAROLENE HINDS
BRIAN JAMESON
SIMON DAVIES
CHRIS JARVIS
NICK BAKER
VANESSA AMBERLEIGH
STUART BRADLEY
TRISH COOKE
ELIZABETH FROST

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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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