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Schalcken The Painter (BBC-2 1979, Jeremy Clyde, Maurice Denham)

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In Schalcken The Painter, dutch prodigy Godfried Schalcken is studying under Gerrit Dou and is soon to surpass him in talent. Schalcken is in love with Dou’s niece Rose but when a mysterious visitor, Vanderhausen, arrives (whose face initially remains in shadow but is later revealed to show looking as if he has almost been embalmed) offering a vast sum of money for the hand in marriage of Rose the greedy Dou agrees.

Some months after the wedding Dou is concerned that nothing more is heard of Rose and sends Schalcken to investigate but he can find no trace of either of them. Later Rose turns up in a distressed state and still wearing her wedding dress she then goes missing out of an open window….

Many years later Schalcken is a painter of some renown and married to a merchants daughter but he finds himself witness to an incredible scene when once again a mysterious visitor offers him a large sum of money. This time to paint a portrait. Before he can get started he has to go to the funeral of his old mentor Dou. Entering a vault of the church he discovers Rose but is this just a vision or something more sinister…

Made as part of the BBC’s Omnibus arts strand as a superb way to take a sideways look at the art of Schalcken. Its really an examination on the nature of art and whether the things Schalcken experienced had an affect on one of his key paintings – that of a woman being menaced by something unseen. The whole thing is beautifully shot to give the impression of a Dutch old master.

production details
UK / BBC-2 – RM Productions / 1×70 minute episode / Broadcast 23 December 1979

Writer and Director: Leslie Megahey / Story: Sheridan Le Fanu / Set Design: Anna Ridley / Art Consultant: Paul Martin / Costume Design: Christine Rawlins

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JEREMY CLYDE as Godfried Schalcken
MAURICE DENHAM as Gerrit Dou
CHERYL KENNEDY as Rose
JOHN JUSTIN as Vanderhausen
VAL PENNY as Lesbia
HELENA CLAYTON as Hendrijke
CHARLES STEWART as Rembrandt
VICTOR DEAR as Manservant
ROY EVANS as Coachman
ERIC FRANCIS as Goldsmith
ROSEMARY JENNER as Maidservant
AMANDA CARLSON as Francoise
ANTHONY SHARP as Gentleman
ANN TIRARD as Brothel Madame
CHARLES GRAY as The Narrator

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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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