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Station Jim (BBC-1 2001, George Cole, Frank Finlay)

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Station Jim was a heart warming one-off drama set in the 1980s that charts the effect a performing dog (Station Jim) has on the lives of a village’s inhabitants following his adoption by Bob, a lovelorn railway porter.

The story involves an attempt to close down a local orphanage and Bob’s attempt to raise money to save it; it also involves Queen Victoria and an assassination plot.

production details
UK / BBC One – BBC Films / 1×90 minute episode / Broadcast 30 December 2001 at 6:30pm

Writer: Mark Wallington / Idea: Joanne Reay / Executive Producers: Gareth Neame, David M. Thompson / Producers: Ann Scott, Judith Hunt / Director: John Roberts

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GEORGE COLE as Stationmaster Pope
CHARLIE CREED-MILES as Bob
FRANK FINLAY as Riorden Snr
LAURA FRASER as Harriet
DAVID HAIG as Riorden Jnr
CELIA IMRIE as Miss Frazier
HARRY PEACOCK as George
DAVID ROSS as Chambers
MARTIN SAVAGE as Stanley
NADIA SAWALHA as Rosa
PRUNELLA SCALES as Queen Victoria
JOHN THOMSON as Harold
STANLEY TOWNSEND as Mataplan
TIMOTHY WEST as Sir Christopher Ellis
DAVID BRADLEY as Elliot
THOMAS SANGSTER as Henry
GRAHAM SEED as Queen’s Secretary
JAMES WARD as Charlie
MILLIE FINDLAY as Alice
ERIC BYRNE as Tommy
FRANSESCA MARTIN as Polly

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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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