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Humans (Channel 4 2015 with William Hurt and Colin Morgan)

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UK / Channel 4 / 8×60 minute episodes / Broadcast from Sunday 14 June 2015 @ 9.00pm

Creators: Sam Vincent, Jonathan Brackley / Executive Producers: Derek Wax, Henrik Widman, Lars Lundstrom, Jane Featherstone

Scifi drama series. In a present very similar to our own, human like robots aka synths (short for synthetic human) are the latest must have accessory for the modern family. As the series begins Joe and Laura Hawkins purchase a synth despite some serious misgivings from Laura. Designed only to serve and help it seems their Synth may have actually developed feelings.

Meanwhile Dr George Millican has issues with his own synth. He thinks of it as a son and when it develops a malfunction makes the decision to go on the run rather than give “him” up.

A classic Scifi trope is given a new lease of life here.

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William Hurt as Dr George Millican
Colin Morgan as Leo
Katherine Parkinson as Laura Hawkins
Gemma Chan as Anita
Tom Goodman-Hill as Joe Hawkins
Ivanno Jeremiah as Max
Will Tudor as Odi
Neil Maskell as DS Pete Drummond
Ruth Bradley as DI Karen Voss
Jill Halfpenny as Jill Drummond
Jack Derges as Simon
Rebecca Front as Vera
Danny Webb as Hobb
Pixie Davies as Sophie Hawkins
Theo Stevenson as Toby Hawkins
Lucy Carless as Mattie Hawkins
Manpreet Bachu as Harun Khan
Emily Berrington as Nisha
Jonathan Aris as Robert
Krishnan Guru-Murthy as Himself

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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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