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Strathblair (BBC-1 1992-1993, Ian Carmichael, Andrew Keir)

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Strathblair was a period drama series that took us back to the 1950s. With his military service duties over Major Andrew Menzies returns home in the early 1950’s to his ancestral home of Strathblair and is soon locking horns with his father Sir James, the laird. Andrew has created problems by promising one of the farms on the estate, Craigiebeg, to one of his army men, Alec Ritchie and his wife Jennifer.

Despite not being locals Alec and Jennifer are determined to fit in and make a new life for themselves even if others in the neighbourhood are keen to see them fail.

The first season ended with Andrew being drafted back into service and heading off to Korea and Craigiebeg burning down. Season two opened with Alec and Jennifer living in a caravan but still determined to make things work and Andrew back from the army and keen to make inroads in politics.

The picturesque village of Blair Atholl and surrounds was the setting for the series.

production details
UK / BBC One – BBC Scotland / 20×50 minute episodes / Broadcast 3 May 1992 – 28 August 1993

Creator: Bill Craig / Story Editor: Margaret Graham / Music: Michael Gibbs / Executive Producer: Norman McCandish / Producer: Aileen Forsyth (season 1), Leonard White (season 2)

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Ian Carmichael as Sir James Menzies
Andrew Keir as Macrae of Balbuie
David Robb as Andrew Menzies
Derek Riddell as Alec Ritchie
Francesca Hunt as Jennifer Ritchie
Kika Mirylees as Flora McInnes
Alison Peebles as Pheemie Robertson
Urbano Barberini as Umberto Fabiani
Neil McKinven as Robert Sinclair

THE EPISODES
SEASON ONE 3 May – 19 July 1992
1. IN GOOD FAITH
2. FAMILY AFFAIRS
3. SHEEP DON’T SAFELY GRAZE
4. PARTINGS
5. CRIMES AND MISDEMEANOURS
6. VISITATIONS
7. INTO THE FOREST
8. COMING TO TERMS
9. PAST AND PRESENT
10. DAY OF JUDGEMENT

SEASON TWO 27 June – 28 August 1993
1. EPISODE ONE
2. EPISODE TWO
3. EPISODE THREE
4. EPISODE FOUR
5. EPISODE FIVE
6. EPISODE SIX
7. EPISODE SEVEN
8. EPISODE EIGHT
9. EPISODE NINE
10. EPISODE TEN

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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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