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Barchester Chronicles, The (BBC 1982, Donald Pleasence, Alan Rickman)

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The Barchester Chronicles was a period drama serial in the best BBC tradition detailing intrigue and double dealing in the closed in world of Cathedral life. The 7 part serial was based on two of Trollope’s Barchester novels Barchester Towers and The Warden.

Friendly and mild mannered Reverend Septimus Harding is living something of a secret life in that he is embezzling funds from the town hospital. Trouble starts when the local doctor discovers what is going on, later in the series the focus shifts to the story of the Bishop who is to be replaced. Arthur Lowe was first choice for the role of Septimus but died before filming could take place.

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UK / BBC-2 / 7×55 minute episodes / 1982

Writer: Alan Plater / Novels: Anthony Trolloppe / Music: Derek Bourgeois / Cinematography: Geoff Feld / Production Design: Chris Pemsel / Costume Design: Juanita Waterson / Producer: Jonathan Powell / Director: David Giles

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Donald Pleasence as Rev. Septimus Harding
David Gwillim as John Bold
John Ringham as Finney
Joseph O’Conor as Bunce
Clifford Parrish as Handy
Wally Thomas as Moody
Kenneth Keeling as Gazy
Janet Maw as Eleanor Bold (née Harding)
Nigel Hawthorne as Archdeacon Grantly
Cyril Luckham as Bishop Grantly
Barbara Flynn as Mary Bold
Angela Pleasence as Susan Grantly
Denis Carey as Skulpit
George Costigan as Tom Towers
William Redgrave as Samuel Grantly
Michael Aldridge as Sir Abraham Haphazard
Keith Marsh as Bell
Christopher Maynard as Baby Bold
Clive Swift as Bishop Proudie
Alan Rickman as Rev. Obadiah Slope
Alec Bregonzi as Footman
Richard Bebb as Dr. Vesey Stanhope
Phyllida Law as Mrs. Stanhope
Susan Hampshire as Signora Madeline Neroni
Geraldine McEwan as Mrs. Proudie
Peter Blythe as Ethelbert ‘Bertie’ Stanhope
Susan Edmonstone as Charlotte
Jonathan Adams as Quiverful
Maggie Jones as Mrs. Quiverful
Derek New as Dr. Francis Arabin
Mischa De La Motte as The Dean
Ursula Howells as Miss Thorne

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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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