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1990 (BBC-2 1977-1978, Edward Woodward, Barbara Kellerman)

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A Scifi drama series that was set in the year 1990 where Britain is controlled by a government that suppresses all opposition, with the country being run by The Public Control Department.

Newspaper reporter Jim Kyle is involved in a growing resistance movement helping people get out of the country.

An excellently prescient series with a strong central performance from Edward Woodward as Kyle. In the first season we discover that the newspaper Kyle works for is one of the few dissenting voices in the country and that Kyle also works with import/export official Dave Brett to get people out of the country. The PCD, especially head of the unit Herbert Skardon and his number two Delly Lomas, try and track Kyle’s every move. If they can gather evidence of his subversive activities they can stop him. Skardon has a real hatred for Kyle but Delly seems more than a little sympathetic. Kyle also meets regular with one of the key members of the government – we never see him clearly and he is known only as Faceless – who always has key information to give to Kyle.

The first season builds towards Kyle having all his rights taken away by the PCD, making him a non-citizen – essentially a vagrant with little hope of long term survival. However Kyle is helped by Brett and Faceless and a plan is hatched to do the PCD some serious harm.

Season two saw a few changes, Delly Lomas and Henry Tasker at the PCD were gone. Delly’s place was taken by Lynn Blake. She had had an affair with Kyle a decade before is genuinely sympathetic towards him. Faceless reveals himself to be a high up official called Maudsley and the first few episodes are built around the PCD trying to out him. There is a tough new female home secretary, Kate Smith, who is distinctly hardline.

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UK / BBC Two / 16×50 minute episodes / Broadcast 18 September 1977 – 10 April 1978

Creator: Wilfred Greatorex / Music: John Cameron / Producer: Prudence Fitzgerald

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Edward Woodward as Jim Kyle
Robert Lang as Herbert Skardon
George Murcell as Greaves (season 1)
Tony Doyle as Dave Brett
Clifton Jones as Henry Tasker (season 1)
Paul Hardwick as Faceless
Barbara Kellerman as Delly Lomas (season 1)
Lisa Harrow as Lynn Blake (season 2)
Yvonne Mitchell as Kate Smith (season 2)
Clive Swift as Tony Doran (season 2)
David McKail as PCD Inspector MacRae (season 2)

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The series had a powerful title sequence.

THE EPISODES
SEASON ONE 18 September – 31 October 1977
1. CREED OF SLAVES (18 Sep 77)
2. WHEN DID YOU LAST SEE YOUR FATHER? (19 Sep 77)
3. HEALTH FARM (26 Sep 77)
4. DECOY (3 Oct 77)
5. VOICE FROM THE PAST (10 Oct 77)
6. WHATEVER HAPPENED TO CARDINAL WOLSEY? (17 Oct 77)
7. WITNESS (24 Oct 77)
8. NON-CITIZEN (31 Oct 77)

SEASON TWO 20 February – 10 April 1978
1. PENTAGONS (20 Feb 78)
2. THE MARKET PRICE (27 Feb 78)
3. TRAPLINE (6 Mar 78)
4. ORDEAL BY SMALL BROWN ENVELOPE (13 Mar 78)
5. HIRE AND FIRE (20 Mar 78)
6. YOU’LL NEVER WALK ALONE (27 Mar 78)
7. YOUNG SPARKS (3 Apr 78)
8. WHAT PLEASES THE PRINCE… (10 Apr 78)

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Clairvoyant, The (BBC-2 1986, Roy Kinnear, Sandra Dickinson)

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In Roy Clarke penned sitcom The Clairvoyant used car salesman Arnold Bristow is knocked down in a car accident and suddenly finds himself with psychic powers – or so he believes. There was a pilot broadcast 27 Nov 1984.

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ROY KINNEAR as Arnold Bristow
SANDRA DICKINSON as Lily
HUGH LLOYD as Burma
SHAUN CURRY as Newton
GLYNIS BROOKS as Dawn
CARMEL CRYAN as Carmen

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Writer: Roy Clarke
Producer and Director: Alan J.W. Bell

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Country: UK
Network and Production Companies: BBC-2
Duration: 6×30 minute episodes
Aired From: Pilot – 27 November 1984 and Series – 15 May – 19 June 1986

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Christmas Princess (UP 2017, Nicole Munoz, Zak Santiago)

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Christmas Princess Nicole Munoz

Christmas Princess is the true story of Donaly Marquez who, through a childhood of neglect and abuse, achieved her dream of becoming a rose bowl princess. An inspirational story of resilience, strength and finding a family to call your own.

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Nicole Muñoz as Donaly Marquez
Rosa Blasi as Sara
Zak Santiago as Ignacio Marquez
Olivia Steele Falconer as Emily Marquez
Jaedon Siewert as Abraham Marquez
Lina Renna as Young Donaly
Paloma Kwiatkowski as Chloe
Ty Wood as Trent
Pendo Muema as Monique
Kalyn Miles as Maria
Kaaren de Zilva as Roberta
Garfield Wilson as Dr. Miller
Clay St. Thomas as Judge #1
Patti Allan as Judge #2
Natalie von Rotsburg as Judge #3

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Director: Allan Harmon
Writer: Tracy Andreen

production details
Country: Canada
Network and Production Companies: UP
Duration: 1×120 minute episode
Aired From: Sunday 10 December 2017

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Christmas Reunion, A (Lifetime 2015, Catherine Hicks, Denise Richards)

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A Christmas Reunion Lifetime

In A Christmas Reunion a Madison Avenue executive, Amy, discovers an unusual Christmas surprise when she inherits her Aunt’s hometown bakery. The real surprise comes when she learns the other half of the bakery was left to her long-ago boyfriend, Jack.

Unresolved personal issues resurface between them, as the exes return home to co-manage the store, along with its traditional holiday cookie bake-off.

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Denise Richards as Amy Stone
Patrick Muldoon as Jack Evans
Jake Busey as Dylan Carruthers
Catherine Hicks as Aunt Linda
Parker Stevenson as Don Dupree
Patricia De Leon as Janette Crowder
Jon Briddell as Luke Crowder
Robert R. Shafer as Frank O’Brien
Anna Barnholtz as Chloe
John Colton as Steve Evans
Sandra Evans as Shari
Brody Fitzgerald as Young Jack Evans
Michael Gaglio as Earl Pratt, Sr.
Gib Gerard as Earl Pratt, Jr.
Joyce Greenleaf as Helen

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Director: Sean Olson
Writers: Margaret Base, Mary Glenn, Sam Irvin, Sean Olson, Peter Sullivan, Michael Varrat

production details
Country: USA
Network and Production Companies: Lifetime – Hybrid
Duration: 1×120 minute episode
Aired From: 13 December 2015

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