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Paper Roses (ITV 1971 with Bill Maynard and Williams Simons)

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UK / ITV Network – Granada / 1×55 minute episode / Broadcast 13 June 1971

Writer: Dennis Potter / Production Design: Alan Price / Producer: Kenith Trodd / Director: Barry Davis

Drama Paper Roses focuses on ageing Fleet Street jouranlist Clarence Hubbard as goes through a crisis thanks to his impending retirement. The play was probably based on the sort of tabloid experience Potter had known while working for the Daily Herald. There is much use of fake headlines, Potter’s trademark 1930’s songs (especially Happy Days are Here Again) and Bill Maynard is very good playing against type as the world weary reporter whose usefulness in life he feels is coming to an end.

Hubbard mostly comes across as very bitter and in various flashbacks moments is very cruel to his wife, hitting her and actually locking her in the cupboard under the stairs at one stage and despite its essentially melancholic air, there is also a lot of humour in the script (as well as some deliberate out to shock dialogue which seems tame now but would have been another example of Potter’s stance back then). In a novel twist and also a swipe at his own former role as a TV critic and our own view of what we are watching Potter features a TV critic commenting on the play we are watching.

Bill Maynard and William Simons would later go on to appear together in Heartbeat for many years.

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BILL MAYNARD as Clarence Hubbard
DONALD GEE as John Chart
JOHN CARSON as Joe
DESMOND PERRY as Bladdy
AIMEE DELAMAIN as Mrs. Hubbard
DUDLEY JONES as The Critic
JOE GLADWIN as Messenger
DESMOND PERRY as Harold Bladdy
WILLIAM SIMONS as Chris Payer
ROSALIE WILLIAMS as Neighbour
PETER CHILDS as Police Constable
HARRY BEETY as Police Sergeant
KIM CORLETTE as Anne

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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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