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Blackpool (BBC-1 2004-2006 with David Morrissey and David Tennant)

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(Series) UK / BBC One / 6×60 minute episodes / Broadcast 11 November – 16 December 2004

Writer: Peter Bowker / Producer: Kate Lewis / Director: Julie Arne

(Special) UK / BBC One / 1×90 minute episode / 10 June 2006 (VIVA BLACKPOOL)
Writer: Peter Bowker / Producer: Sally Hoynes / Director: Coky Giedroyc

Ripley Holden is the brash entrepreneurial owner of an amusement arcade in Blackpool who wants to expand his business to include a casino. But financial difficulties and a murder investigation provide unwelcome obstacles to his ambitions. The drama is punctuated by musical interludes as the cast break out into song, miming to hit records.

In 2006 there was one-off sequel called VIVA BLACKPOOL in which Ripley has become a minister and performs themed marriages in his Chapel of Love in Blackpool. He gets involved in a scheme to obtain the real stolen original 1966 World Cup trophy that (in this story) was never actually recovered but replaced by a hasty replica and had been in the possession of a now deceased friend of his and in which his mother now stores her son’s ashes unaware it is the real thing. Other than the star, the main supporting cast did not return except for Ripley’s daughter Shyanne.

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DAVID MORRISSEY as Ripley Holden

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(2004 Series Cast)
SARAH PARISH as Natalie Holden
DAVID TENNANT as DI Carlisle
DAVID BRADLEY as Hallworth
JOHN THOMSON as Terry Corlette
STEVE PEMBERTON as Adrian Marr
GEORGIA TAYLOR as Shyanne Holden
THOMAS MORRISON as Danny Holden

(2006 Special Cast)
MEGAN DODDS as Kitty De Love
ANNETTE CROSBIE as Mrs Berry
MARK WILLIAMS as Tommy Vesty
KEITH ALLEN as Steve Pollard
GEORGIA TAYLOR as Shyanne Holden

 

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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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