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White Heat (BBC-2 2012, Sam Claflin, Claire Foy)

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White Heat charts across the lives of seven friends from the mid 1960’s through to 1990.

The series, which is semi-autobiographical, begins in 1965 when a group of seven young students move into a house together in Tufnell Park in the heart of London. There is rebel with a cause Jack, intelligent feminist Charlotte, fragile beauty Lilly, medical student Jay, electronics enthusiast Alan, law student Victor and big-hearted Orla.

The series follows them over four decades as their lives, loves and destinies are shaped by the political events of each era – from the death of Churchill, the union strife of the Seventies, the ascendancy of Thatcher, the Falklands, Aids and the end of the Cold War. Their interwoven personal lives played against the backcloth of these crucial events converge to make them the people they are today.

All sounds very Our Friends In The North but you can’t beat a good slice of epic ordinary life-ness can you. Head of BBC Drama Commissioning Ben Stephen said “The cream of new British acting talent have been cast to star in Paula Milne’s White Heat, an epic story of our times told through the eyes of seven amazing characters, which will continue BBC Two’s commitment to original drama in 2012.”

production details
UK | BBC2 – ITV Studios

NUMBER OF EPISODES: 6 | AIRDATE: 8 March – 12 April 2012

WRITER: Paula Milne | EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Kate Bartlett, Paula Milne | PRODUCER: Elinor Day | DIRECTOR: John Alexander

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SAM CLAFLIN as Jack Walsh
MICHAEL KITCHEN as Old Jack
CLAIRE FOY as Charlotte Pew
JULIET STEVENSON as Old Charlotte
LEE INGLEBY as Alan
PAUL COPLEY as Old Alan
MYANNA BURING as Lily
LINDSAY DUNCAN as Old Lily
REECE RITCHIE as Jay
RAMON TIKARAM as Old Jay
JESSICA GUNNING as Orla
SORCHA CUSACK as Old Orla
DAVID GYASI as Victor
HUGH QUARSHIE as Old Victor
TAMSIN GREIG
RICHARD LINTERN as Miles
JEREMY NORTHAM as Edward Walsh
JULIAN BARRATT as Derek Bowden
GEOFFREY LEESLEY as Frank

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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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