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Act Of Will (ITV 1989 with Elizabeth Hurley and Victoria Tennant)

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UK / ITV Network – Tyne Tees – Portman / 4×60 minutue episodes / Broadcast 15 September – 6 October 1989

Writer: Jill Hyem / Novel: Barbara Taylor Bradford / Music: Barrie Guard / Production Design: Harry Pottle Costumes: Emma Porteus / Producers: Ian Warren, Victor Glynn / Executive Producer: Tom Donald / Director: Don Sharp

Period drama serial Act of Will follows orphan girl Audra in the 1920′s as she grows up and makes something of herself. She goes into nursing but then makes the mistake of marrying bad lad Vincent Crowther but finds real love in the shape of her daughter Christina. When Christina grows up she moves into the fashion industry and begins an affair with married politician Mile Sutherland but later moves to New York and finds true love with Alex Newman.

One of the hugely popular Taylor Bradford adaptations that were all the rage in the 1980′s. Featuring a young and beautiful Elizabeth Hurley before she became locked into the Hollywood game. Act of Will is supposedly Taylor’s Bradfords most personal book carrying lots of echoes of her own life.

Rebecca Callard was actually billed as Rebecca Sowden in the credits.

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ELIZABETH HURLEY as Christina
VICTORIA TENNANT as Audra
PETER COYOTE as Miles Sutherland
KEVIN McNALLY as Vincent Crowther
JEAN MARSH as Eliza Crowther
LYNSEY BAXTER as Jane Sedgewick
REBECCA CALLARD as Maggie Crowther
SERENA GORDON as Gwen
SARAH WINMAN as Kyle
JUDY PARFITT as Alicia Drummond
SIMON MERRICK as Percival Drummond
RACHEL ROBERTSON as Audra Aged 14
JEREMY GILLEY as Frederick
JASON SAVAGE as William
ROGER GRAINGER as Vicar at Funeral
SHEILA ALLEN as Dulcie Sedgewick
JULIAN GARTSIDE as Dr Freemantle
EWAN HOOPER as Alfred Crowther
MARY JO RANDLE as Sister Rogers
CLIFFORD ROSE as Hospital Specialist
STELLA TANNER as Landlady
JOHN BASHAM as Frank Crowther
CHRISTINE COX as Sister
GODFREY JACKMAN as Fred Varley
KEN JONES as Dr Stalkey
STUART MILLIGAN as Alex
RICHARD BEBB as Ralph Sedgewick
PATRICK CONNOLLY as Danny Crowther
JO GABB as Christina (aged 15)
CARL PROCTOR as Charlie Thornton
JOSEPH WRIGHT as Jack Crowther

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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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