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Trainer (BBC-1 1991-1992, Mark Greenstreet, Nigel Davenport)

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Drama series Trainer focused on Mike Hardy who is given the chance by horse owner James Brant to start his own racing stables. Against all the odds and setbacks Mike slowly makes his way to the top.

Mike is divorced and a heavy drinker and working as second in command to the vile Hugo Latimer when the series begins but cleans his act up when Brant shows enough faith in him to let him go it alone. Also lending a helping hand to Mike’s ambitions are the wealthy Rachel Ware and well-to-do gambler John Grey.

This was Gerard Glaister’s follow up to Howard’s Way and us cut very much from the same cloth. There is a bit more story of the week aspect to it than the serialised Howard’s Way but it is an entertaining enough series with strong performances all round.

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UK / BBC1 / 20×50 minute episodes / 1 September 1991 – 2 December 1992

Creator/Producer: Gerard Glaister / Theme Music: Mike Read Sung by Cliff Richard

cast
MARK GREENSTREET as Mike Hardy
NIGEL DAVENPORT as James Brant
DAVID McCALLUM as John Grey
SUSANNAH YORK as Rachel Ware
NICOLA KING as Frances Ross (Season one
CLAIRE OBERMAN as Alex Farrell(Season Two)
PATRICK RYECART as Hugo Latimer
DES McALEER as Joe Hogan

SEASON ONE 1 September – 24 November 1991
1. A RACING CERTAINTY (1 Sep 91)
2. ALL I NEED IS ONE GOOD HORSE (8 Sep 91)
3. ON THE CARPET (15 Sep 91)
4. PERFECT TIMING (22 Sep 91)
5. A JUST WEIGHT (29 Sep 91)
6. FIGHT NIGHT (6 Oct 91)
7. HORSE TRAINING (13 Oct 91)
8. A QUESTION OF LOYALTY (20 Oct 91)
9. BUSINESS OR PLEASURE (27 Oct 91)
10. A LITTLE TOUCH OF MAGIC IN THE NIGHT (3 Nov 91)
11. ACE IN THE PACK (10 Nov 91)
12. THE ROUGH WITH THE SMOOTH (17 Nov 91)
13. NO WAY TO TREAT A LADY (24 Nov 91)

SEASON TWO 30 September – 2 December 1992
1. EPISODE ONE (30 Sep 92)
2. EPISODE TWO (7 Oct 92)
3. EPISODE THREE (14 Oct 92)
4. EPISODE FOUR (21 Oct 92)
5. EPISODE FIVE (28 Oct 92)
6. EPISODE SIX (4 Nov 92)
7. EPISODE SEVEN (11 Nov 92)
8. EPISODE EIGHT (18 Nov 92)
9. EPISODE NINE (25 Nov 92)
10. EPISODE TEN (2 Dec 92)

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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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