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Turn Of The Screw, The (BBC-1 2009, Michelle Dockery, Sue Johnston)

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Continuing the BBC’s long running tradition of mounting a spooky ghost story for Christmas The Turn of the Screw is an adaptation of Henry James’ much loved novel. Updating the action to the 1920’s the story begins when young governess Ann is given a position at Bly, a large country house, caring after two children – Miles and Flora.

All is very lovely and perfect at first until Ann begins to be affected by ghostly visions, mostly of a man and a woman whom she does not know. As Ann investigates she learns that the previous nanny Miss Jessel and her paramour, Peter Quint, were both found dead in strange circumstance.

Ann soon develops an unhealthy obsession about the figures and begins to believe that they are a malevolent force actually targeting Miles and Flora. It becomes clear to her that only she can rid Bly of the couple – no matter whatever the personal.

The Turn of the Screw is amongst the most famous of ghost stories and has been adapted numerous times before (most notably in the early 1960’s with Deborah Kerr in the lead and as a US TV version in 1974) but updating the action to just post world war one is a very clever move allowing for nuances and thoughts of the mass grief that affected the nation after the end of the hostilities and allowing you to see just how Ann could be so enveloped by her obsession.

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UK / BBC One / 1×90 minute episode / Broadcast Wednesday 30 December 2009 @ 9.00pm

Writer: Sandy Welch / Novel: Henry James / Producer: Colin Wratten / Director: Tim Fywell

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MICHELLE DOCKERY as Ann
SUE JOHNSTON as Mrs Grose
KATIE LIGHTFOOT as Jessel
EDWARD MacLIAM as Peter Quint
DAN STEVENS as Dr Fisher
NICOLA WALKER as Carla
EVA SAYER as Flora
JOSEF LINDSAY as Miles
MARK UMBERS as Master
CORIN REDGRAVE as Professor
WENDY ALBISTON as Baines
SARAH BUCKLAND as Diane
NELLIE BURROUGHES as Abused Maid
HONOR CARGILL-MARTIN as Young Ann
CAMERON STEWART as Police Inspector

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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

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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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