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Underground (WGN 2017, Jussie Smollett, Jurnee Smollett-Bell)

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For a slave living in the pre-Civil War South, the only road to freedom was a dangerous journey where failure often meant death. Underground follows the slaves who set foot on the fabled Underground Railroad, the secret network of men and women who risked their lives aiding them, and the mercenaries tasked with hunting them down at any cost.

From WGN America’s press release, December 2016… WGN America’s critically acclaimed, hit original drama “Underground,” which struck a chord with viewers and ignited a social media movement, will premiere its second season on Wednesday March 8, 2017 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT, it was announced today. The network also unveiled the highly anticipated teaser trailer and first image from its sophomore season, featuring Jurnee Smollett-Bell (“Rosalee”), Aldis Hodge (“Noah”), Jessica de Gouw (“Elizabeth Hawkes”), Alano Miller? (“Cato”), Amirah Vann (“Ernestine”) and Aisha Hinds (“Harriet Tubman”). The news comes on the heels of today’s NAACP Image Awards announcement which honored “Underground” with four nominations including Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series (Jurnee Smollett-Bell), Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (Amirah Vann) and Outstanding Directing in a Dramatic Series (Anthony Hemingway). Season two of the 10-episode, hour-long series follows an unremitting struggle for freedom within a divided America on the brink of civil war, each side vying to enact their own justice. Set in the aftermath of the Macon 7’s daring attempt to stage the greatest escape in history, this group of American heroes continues on their harrowing journey to freedom, with legendary abolitionist Harriet Tubman blazing the trail.

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Jussie Smollett as Josey
Jurnee Smollett-Bell as Rosalee
Aldis Hodge as Noah
Christopher Meloni as August
Alano Miller as Cato
Jessica De Gouw as Elizabeth
Adina Porter as Pearly Mae
Amirah Vann as Ernestine
Marc Blucas as John Hawkes
Mykelti Williamson as Moses
Reed Diamond as Tom Macon
Chris Chalk as William Still
Johnny Ray Gill as Sam
Theodus Crane as Zeke
Renwick Scott as Henry
Aisha Hinds as Harriet Tubman
Jasika Nicole as Georgia
Michael Trotter as Biographer
Jesse Luken as Smoke

other cast info
Devon Gummersall as John Hawkes (Originally Cast)

key behind the scenes crew
Akiva Goldsman as Executive Producer
Anthony Hemingway as Director of Pilot
Joby Harold as Executive Producer
Joe Pokaski as Creator/Executive Producer
John Legend as Executive Producer
Mike Jackson as Executive Producer
Misha Green as Creator/Executive Producer
Tory Tunnell as Executive Producer
Ty Stiklorius as Executive Producer

show type
period drama

broadcast from
March 9, 2016 –

network and production companies
WGN – Get Lifted Film Company, The – Safehouse Pictures – Sony Pictures Television – Tribune Studios – Weed Road Pictures

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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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