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Mrs Biggs (ITV 2012, Sheridan Smith, Daniel Mays)

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Period drama series Mrs Biggs told the story of the Great Train Robbery and it’s aftermath from the point of view of Ronnie Bigg’s wife. In the 1950′s Charmian Powell, daughter of a highly strict and upright father, meets petty crook Ronald Biggs. Despite the opposition of her parents the pair get married and Ronnie determines to go straight. In 1963 though he is persuaded by old mate Bruce Reynolds to take part in a massive robbery on train carrying a fortune in used notes. The Great Train Robbery causes a massive across the country and the gang find themselves extremely wanted. When Ronnie is caught he is shocked to be sentenced to thirty years. Later he manages to escape and gets away to Australia with Charmain and their kids. For four years they manage to live an ordinary life until Ronnie is forced to flee once again – this time to South America. Charmian stays behind to bring up their three children.

Brilliantly told true story of one of the most famous criminal events of the twentieth century (and it’s aftermath) but seen from the perspective of the wife of one of the main players. Sheridan Smith and Daniel Mays were real stand outs as Charmain and Ronnie and the atmosphere was spot on.

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UK – Australia / ITV1 Network – Channel 7 – December Media / 5×60 minute episodes / Broadcast 5 September – 3 October 2012 Wednesdays @ 9.00pm

Writer: Jeff Pope / Producers: Kwadjo Dajan, Tony Wright / Executive Producers: Jeff Pope, George Adams / Director: Paul Whittington

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Sheridan Smith as Charmian Biggs
Daniel Mays as Ronald Biggs
Caroline Goodall as Muriel Powell
Adrian Scarborough as Bernard Powell
Oscar Sanders as Nicky Biggs
Blake Nicholson as Twiz
Jay Simpson as Bruce Reynolds
Jack Lowden as Alan Wright
Claire Rushbrook as Ruby Wright
Leo Gregory as Eric Flower
Denise Roberts as Annie Pitcher
Ron Cook as Peter
Tom Brookeas Mike Haynes
Jamie Croft as Sam
Jon Foster as Gordon Goody
Iain McKee as Charlie Wilson
Matthew Cullum as Buster Edwards
Freya Stafford as Julie Flower

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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.

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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)

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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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