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Back Home (ITV 2001 with Sarah Lancashire and Jessica Fox)

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UK / ITV Network – Danny Rose – Strand Productions / 1×120 minute episode / Broadcast 21 October 2001

Writers: Geoff Deane, Brian Finch, Philip Palmer / Novel: Michelle Magorian / Music: Carl Davis / Design: Donal Woods / Costume Design: Jo Rainforth / Executive Producers: Geoff Deane and Jim Reeve / Producer: Mia Jupp

With World War II over Peggy Dickinson’s daughter Rusty returns home having spent most of the war years as an evacuee living in America, she soon finds that she does not really fit in anymore and that although she is 14 and in her eyes a young woman her mother is still treating her like the little girl she was before she left.

Things are further complicated when her father returns home from the war. Peggy herself has been having a nice time of it during the war, working as a driver and living in a run down manor house in Devon. Meanwhile husband, Roger, who is a banker and conservative by nature, finds he also cannot adjust to life after the war and their marriage breaks down.

Back Home is a great feel good production that deals with an issue that hasn’t been covered in much depth, that of the problems faced by the evacuees when they returned home, in fact although we hear plenty of storie of ill treatment many evacuees were treated like family members and didn’t want to leave their new families once war was over.

Previously filmed in 1989 with Hayley Mills as Peggy.

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Sarah Lancashire as Peggy Dickinson
Stephanie Cole as The Honourable Lady Beatrice ‘Beattie’ Langley
Jessica Fox as Virginia ‘Rusty’ Dickinson
Kate David as Molly
Skye King as Charlie Dickinson
Kaye Wragg as Ivy
Jack Pierce as Mitch
Martin Ball as Frank
Rosemary Leach as Mrs. Dickinson
Jenny Higham as Judith Penfold
Joan Blackham as Miss Bembridge
Adrian Lukis as Roger Dickinson
Danny Worters as Bob Stephens
Jeremy Peters as Mr. Stephens
David Kincaid as Ticket Clerk

 

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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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