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Being Human (BBC-3 2008-2013 with Aidan Turner and Russell Tovey)

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RUNNING TIME: 60 minutes | NUMBER OF EPISODES: 37 | AIRDATES: 18 February 2008 – 10 March 2013

Creator: Toby Whithouse / Make-Up & Hair Designer: Jacqueline Russon / Music: Sam Watts / Production Design: Andrew Purcell / Director of Photography: Tim Palmer / Executive Producers: Rob Pursey (for Touchpaper), Julie Gardner (for BBC) and Lucy Richer (for BBC) / Producer: Matthew Bouch / Director: Declan O’Dwyer

Genre Drama Being Human follows three twenty somethings who are desperate to find their place in the world despite the fact that George is a werewolf, Mitchell is a vampire and Annie is a ghost.

George is desperate for somewhere safe for when he has his “tansformations” and Mitchell has a hard time keeping his blood lust at bay, Annie meanwhile is doomed to remain a ghost unless she can fix up the unresolved major issue in her “life” – unfortunately she doesn’t know what it is although she later discovers half way through season one that it is because she was murdered by her fiancee Owen! The second season ups the ante somewhat with the introduction of several new characters not least “supernatural hunters” Professor Jaggat and Kemp who harbour a major desire to eradicate all three of the flatmates. There was also the arrival of married vampire couple Ivan and Daisy. This second season was also much heavier on action and not all the major players survived to the end.

Being Human very quickly developed a large fan base, its a sometimes uneasy mix of humour and horror but it’s a great concept and carried off well by the cast. There was a one hour pilot episode broadcast 18 February 2008 with Andrea Riseborough playing Annie and Guy Flanagan as Mitchell, a series was quickly commissioned and emerged in 2009 with Lenora Crichlow now cast as Annie and Aidan Turner as Mitchell.

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RUSSELL TOVEY as George Sands
GUY FLANAGAN as John Mitchell(pilot)
AIDAN TURNER as John Mitchell (series)
ANDREA RISEBOROUGH as Annie (pilot)
LENORA CRITCHLOW as Annie (series)
CLAIRE FOY as Julia
DOMINIQUE McELLIGOT as Lauren
ADRIAN LESTER as Herrick (pilot)
JASON WATKINS as Herrick (series)
SINEAD KEENAN as Nina
DONALD SUMPTER as Kemp (season two)
LYNDSEY MARSHAL as Professor Lucy Jaggat (season two)
PAUL RHYS as Ivan (season two)
AMY MANSON as Daisy (season two)

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Clochmerle (BBC-2 1972, Cyril Cusack, Roy Dotrice)

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Period sitcom, based on a novel by Gabriel Chevallier that was adapted by Ray Galton and Alan Simpson, that saw the French villagers of Clochmerle kick up a fuss over plans to install a new toilet.

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CYRIL CUSACK as Major Piechut
ROY DOTRICE as Ponosse
KENNETH GRIFFITH as Ernest Tafardel
WENDY HILLER as Justine Putet
HUGH GRIFFITH as Alexandre Bourdillat
BERNARD BRESSLAW as Nicholas the Beadle
MADELINE SMITH as Hortase Girodet
GEORGINA MOON as Rose Biraque
PETER USTINOV as Narrator

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Writers: Ray Galton, Alan Simpson
Novel: Gabriel Chevallier
Producer: Michael Mills

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Country: UK
Network and Production Companies: BBC Two – Bavaria
Duration: 9×30 minute episodes
Aired From: 18 February – 14 April 1972 Fridays at 10.05pm

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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

production details
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 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

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

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