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Ruth Rendell Mysteries: The Orchard Walls (ITV 1998 with Honeysuckle Weeks and John McGlynn)

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UK / ITV – Meridian – Blue Heaven – United / 1×60 minute episode / Broadcast 31 December 1998

Writer: Jacqueline Holborough / Story: Ruth Rendell / Music: Brian Bennett / Costumes: Rita Angell / Production Design: Tim Hutchinson / Producer: Neil Zeiger / Director: Gwennan Sage

Series: The Ruth Rendell Mysteries / Season 14 Episode 2

Stand alone period thriller entry in the Ruth Rendell Mysteries series, it is set during the second world war, when 16 year old Jenny is evacuated from London out to her Aunt’s house in the country. She accidentally uncovers a secret that leads to tragedy.

One of the last of the Ruth Rendell’s to be made, this had excellent period production design and despite a somewhat slight plot still managed to pile on the atmosphere. Honeysuckle Weeks was very good as the young teenager struggling to come to terms with her burgeoning sexuality and discovering things probably best left undiscovered.

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HONEYSUCKLE WEEKS as Jenny
MARSHA FITZALAN as Clara
JOHN McGLYNN as Daniel
SYLVIA SYMS as Mrs Thorn
FIONA DOLMAN as Ella
RUPERT PROCTOR as Tom
CHERITH MELLOR as Mrs Leithman
ALEXIS DENISOF as Dennis
JAMES BREE as Vicar
JON GLOVER as Radio/Pathe News Announcer

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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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