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Shadow Line, The (BBC-2 2011, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Christopher Eccleston)

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The dark heart of Hugo Blick (he also wrote Sensitive Skin and Marion and Geoff) takes us into film noir territory with The Shadow Line. An all star cast including Christopher Eccleston, the fab Sir Antony Sher and Stephen Rea star in the story which is essentially a conspiracy thriller centered around the death of a gangland boss called Wratten.

Key events include a cop with a bullet in his brain, whose amnesia leaves him doubtful of his own moral compass; a drug-lord driven by a profound personal tragedy, risking it all on one last deal; and a brilliantly lethal puppet-master who gradually emerges from the shadows to bring the story to its shocking climax.

The drama explores the morality of these characters as they negotiate the repercussions of Wratten’s death and attempt to navigate the fine line between right and wrong. It’s superb stuff, Blick elevates himself into the pantheon of all time great TV writers with The Shadow Line. It’s like a great big epic tale by an Alan Bleasdale or Dennis Potter.

Eccleston and Sharp had previously played a couple in Russell T. Davies The Second Coming

Kierston Wareing

Kierston Wareing as cop Lia Honey.

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UK / BBC-2 – Company Pictures – Baby Cow – CinemaNX / 7×60 minute episodes / Broadcast from Thursday 5 May 2011 – Thursday 16 June 2011 @ 9.00pm

Writer, producer and director: Hugo Blick / Co-Producer: Johann Knobel / Executive Producers: George Faber, Charlie Pattinson, Henry Normal, Lindsay Hughes, Marc Samuelson, Steve Christian, Polly Hill

cast
CHIWETEL EJIOFOR as Jonah Gabriel
CHRISTOPHER ECCLESTON as Joseph Bede
ANTONY SHER as Peter Glickman
STEPHEN REA as Peter Glickman
RAFE SPALL as Jay Wratten
KIERSTON WAREING as Lia Honey
LESLEY SHARP as Julie Bede
SEAN GILDER as Robert Beatty
FREDDIE FOX as Rattalack
MALCOLM STORRY as Maurice Crace
RICHARD LINTERN as Chief Superintendent Patterson
DAVID SCHOFIELD as Sergeant Foley

THE EPISODES
EPISODE 1
EPISODE 2
EPISODE 3
EPISODE 4

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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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