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South Riding (BBC-1 2011, Anna Maxwell Martin, David Morrissey)

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Period drama series South Riding follows school teacher Sarah Burton who, in the 1930’s returns home to Yorkshire after years spent teaching in London and other points of the Empire.

Sarah is to take up the headmistress-ship of a struggling Yorkshire high school for girls but her homecoming is more complicated than she thinks and before long her ambitions are in conflict with her feelings for the man least likely to have won her heart of Robert Carne, the handsome, haunted gentleman farmer she clashes with.

In best Andrew Davies (surely there is no other male scriptwriter who writes for women as well as he) Sarah is very much a modern woman and modern female viewers will find much to empathise with.

South Riding (which was previously filmed for TV in 1974 with Dorothy Tutin in the lead role) is a rich, compassionate and humane story of politics in small places and, in the end, the indestructibility of the human spirit.

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UK / BBC-1 / 3×60 minute episodes / Broadcast Sunday 20 February – 2 March 2011

Writer: Andrew Davies / Novel: Winifred Holtby / Producer: Lisa Osborne / Director: Diarmuid Lawrence

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ANNA MAXWELL-MARTIN as Sarah Burton
DAVID MORRISSEY as Robert Carne
PENELOPE WILTON as Mrs Beddows
PETER FIRTH as Anthony Snaith
DOUGLAS HENSHALL as Joe Astell
JOHN HENSHAW as Alfred Huggins
KATHERINE McGOLPIN as Midge Carne
LYDIA WILSON as Muriel Carne
DANIEL WEST as Young Robert Carne
PENNY LAYDEN as Mrs Huggins
WENDY PATTERSON as Mrs Oldroyd
JANINE MELLOR as Bessy Warbuckle
CHARLIE MAY-CLARK as Lydia Holly
JENNIFER HENNESSY as Mrs Holly
SHAUN DOOLEY as Mr Holly
IAN BARTHOLOMEW as Gaius Drew
MARTHA GODBER as Maud
CHARLOTTE THORNTON as Nancy
WILLIAM RODELL as Lord Port
RENNY KRUPINKSI as Hicks
BRID BRENNAN as Miss Sigglesthwaite
ROSIE MUNCER as Vera
JOHN PAUL HURLEY as Reg Hawthorne

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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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