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Margery And Gladys (ITV-1 2003, Penelope Keith, June Brown)

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Two of Britain’s best-loved actresses Penelope Keith and June Brown star in the title roles of this comedy drama.

When posh Margery (Penelope Keith) accidentally kills a young intruder in her home, she panics and goes on the run with her cleaning lady Gladys (June Brown) in tow. The unlikely couple take to the open road and fugitive life like ducks to water, proving more than a match for the pursuing police, played by Roger Lloyd Pack (Trigger in Only Fools And Horses) and Martin Freeman (The Office).

Margery’s only son Graham is played by Adam Godley. Gladys’s ne’er-do-well husband Troy is played by Peter Vaughan, while Goodness Gracious Me’s Kulvinder Ghir appears as post office owner Mr Singh.

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UK / ITV-1 – Carlton / 1×120 minute episode / Broadcast 21 September 2003

Writer: John Flanagan, Andrew McCulloch / Producer: Philip Shelley / Executive Producer: Sharon Bloom / Director: Geoffrey Sax

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Penelope Keith as Margery Heywood
June Brown as Gladys Gladwell
Alan David as Gordon Thompson
Marcia Warren as Jean Thompson
Matthew Lockwood as Scott Wilkins
Tilly Vosburgh as Mrs Wilkins
Roger Lloyd Pack as Detective Inspector Woolley
Martin Freeman as Detective Sergeant Stringer
Adam Godley as Graham Heywood
Peter Vaughan as Troy Gladwell
Heather Tobias as Mrs Hewlett
Ken Morley as Bill Nightingale
Kulvinder Ghir as Mr Singh
Ivana Basic as Nina Kovacs
Richard Ridings as Terry Mason
Paul Chapman as Arthur Penfold

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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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