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Northanger Abbey (ITV 2007 with Felicity Jones and Carey Mulligan)

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UK / ITV-1 Network – Granada / 1×120 minute episode / Broadcast Sunday 25 March 2007 @ 9:00PM

Writer: Andrew Davies / Novel: Jane Austen / Producer: Keith Thompson / Director: Jon Jones

Period drama. Catherine Morland), the daughter of a rural clergyman, is a spirited tomboy with a passion for Gothic novels, which she devours in secret in the garden of her countryside home. When family friends Mr and Mrs Allen suggest they take Catherine to Bath for the season, Catherine can barely contain her excitement. She imagines elaborate balls filled with handsome men and beautiful ladies enjoying the latest dances. And, from the moment her carriage arrives at the opening ball of the season, she is not disappointed. It is in Bath that she makes the acquaintance of the Thorpe family. Vivacious Isabella Thorpe ) immediately takes the nervous Catherine under her wing and delights in showing her the highlights of the season, including the fun of flirting with boys and sharing gossip. Isabella is engaged to Catherine’s brother James, making her the fashionable older sister Catherine has always wished for.

Isabella’s brother John soon declares his romantic interest in Catherine. With his confident swagger and flirtatious persistence, John makes it clear he has designs on Catherine as a wife. However, Catherine’s head is turned by Henry Tilney , son of the intimidating General Tilney (. She has the good fortune to gain the General’s approval, which is founded upon the exaggerated report of her family’s wealth – given to him by the misinformed John. The General invites Catherine to stay at the mediaeval family home of the Tilneys – Northanger Abbey. Catherine excitedly accepts, again projecting her passion for Gothic novels onto the eerie castle.

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FELICITY JONES as Catherine Morland
JJ FIELD as Henry Tilney
CAREY MULLIGAN as Isabella Thorpe
CATHERINE WALKER as Eleanor Tilney
SYLVESTRA LE TOUZEL as Mrs Allen
DESMOND BARRIT as Mr Allen
GERRY O’BRIEN as Mr Morland
JULIA DEARDEN as Mrs Morland
HUGH O’CONNOR as James Morland
LIAM CUNNINGHAM as General Tilney
WILLIAM BECK as John Thorpe
MARK DYMOND as Captain Frederick Tilney

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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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