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Anglo Saxon Attitudes (ITV 1992 with Richard Johnson and Douglas Hodge)

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UK / ITV – Thames – Euston / 3×60 minute episodes / Broadcast 12 – 26 May 1992

Writer: Andrew Davies / Novel: Angus Wilson / Music: Colin Towns / Executive Producer: John Hambley / Producer: Andrew Brown / Director: Diarmuid Lawrence

The always steady hand of Andrew “saucy” Davies (surely the most prolific adapter on TV!) guides this very good 1992 mini series based on the acclaimed novel by Angus Wilson.

Richard Johnson (quite the leading man back in the day, he moved rather stately into quality character parts in later years) plays getting on in years archaeological historian Gerald Middleton who as a young man in 1912 was party to a find (a highly controversial phallic idol) that not only made his name but also led to a damaging affair with the wife of his best friend. Years later the facts surrounding the find haunt both Middleton and his dysfunctional family.

Like the brilliant Malcolm Bradbury, Angus Wilson uses the academic world to satarise class and social mores of the time and in particular the hypercritical nature of the Academia of the time.

A top script, powerful playing from the leads (not to mention a blink and you’ll miss it performance from a young Kate Winslet and an early role for Daniel Craig) make this period drama a very entertaining watch indeed.

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Richard Johnson as Gerald Middleton
Douglas Hodge as Young Gerald
Elizabeth Spriggs as Inge Middleton
Briony Glassco as Young Inge
Tara Fitzgerald as Young Dollie
Nicholas Jones as Robin Middleton
Deborah Findlay as Kay Consett
Simon Chandler as John Middleton
Simon Mattacks as Donald Consett
Amanda Mealing as Elvira Portway
Paudge Behan as Larrie Rourke
Edna Doré as Mrs Salad
Oliver Ford-Davies as Professor Stokesay
Daniel Craig as Gilbert Stokesay

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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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