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Band Of Gold (ITV 1995-1997 with Geraldine James and Cathy Tyson)

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UK / ITV Network-Granada / 18x60m-e / 1995-97

Creator: Kay Mellor / Producers: Elizabeth Bradley,Tony Dennis / Costume: Sue Peck /Script Editor: Elizabeth Bradley / Theme Music: Love Hurts sung by Barbara Dickson

Drama series. The heartaches of a group of prostitutes trying to make a go of their lives. The three key characters were Carol, Rose and much younger Tracy. Each of the show’s three seasons had a distinct plotline, season one was very brutal with Ruth Gemmel’s Gina being murdered by a client who then targeted Carol but eventually got caught, in the first series Rose and Carol were also trying to get off the game by starting their own cleaning company.

Season two focuses on Tracy and her descent into a drug fuelled hell, full of shocking twists and turns Rose and Carol lose their business and are prime suspects for two murders that are later to have been committed by a gone insane Tracy (she ends the season by committing suicide), Rose also discovers that her long lost daughter is actually Tracy’s Lesbian lover Colette. Carol meanwhile learns she has inherited some money.

Season three which changed the title to simply Gold never seemed to quite scale the heights of the first two seasons and centred on Rose getting involved with an escort who has possibly been involved in a pair of murders and also takes under her wing another young and dangerous prostitute.

Often extremely violent but always watchable Band of Gold paved the way for shows such as Bad Girls and Footballers Wives.

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GERALDINE JAMES as Rose Garrity
BARBARA DICKSON as Anita Braithwaite
CATHY TYSON as Carol Johnson
SAMANTHA MORTON as Tracey Richards (Seasons 1-2)
REBECCA CALLARD as Tula(Season 2)
TONY DOYLE as George Ferguson
LENA HEADEY as Colette Levison
RAY STEVENSON as Steve Dickson
RUTH GEMMELL as Gina (season 1)

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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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