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Westworld (HBO 2016, Anthony Hopkins, Evan Rachel Wood)

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Currently in production for HBO is the series Westworld based on the novel by Michael Crichton about an amusement park for adults where all the members of staff are robots. Each part of the park is dedicated to a different era, Weastworld being just one of them.

Dr Robert Ford is the creative director and chairman of the board whilst Dolores Abernathy is a farm girl in Westworld who doesn’t realise initially that she is a robot.

Made into a brilliant movie in 1973 with an iconic performance by Yul Brynner as cowboy robot who goes rogue there is no word on whether this will make it into the movie or not but interest in the series will be high.

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USA / HBO – Bad Robot – Warner Bros TV / 2016 (In production)

Novel: Michael Crichton / Executive Producer, writer and director: Jonathan Nolan / Executive Producer and Writer: Lisa Joy / Executive Producers:  J.J.  Abrams,  Jerry Weintraub, Bryan  Burk / Co-Executive  Producer: Kathy Lingg / Producer: Athena Wickham / Co-Producer: Susie Ekins

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Anthony Hopkins as Dr. Robert Ford, the founder of Westworld, who has an uncompromising vision for the park and its evolution
Ed Harris as The Man in Black, the distillation of pure villainy into one man
Evan Rachel Wood as Dolores Abernathy, a provincial rancher’s daughter who starts to discover her idyllic existence is an elaborately constructed lie
James Marsden as Teddy Flood, a new arrival with a close and recurring bond with Dolores
Thandie Newton as Maeve Millay, a madam with a knack for survival
Jeffrey Wright as Bernard Lowe, the brilliant and quixotic head of Westworld’s programming division
Tessa Thompson
Sidse Babett Knudsen
Jimmi Simpson
Rodrigo Santoro
Shannon Woodward
Ingrid Bolsø Berdal
Ben Barnes
Simon Quarterman
Angela Sarafyan
Luke Hemsworth
Clifton Collins, Jr.

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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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