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Perfect State, A (BBC-1 1997 with Gwen Taylor and Rudolph Walker)

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With sitcom A Perfect State think Ealing comedy Passport to Pimlico as this tackle the exact same plot but with considerably less aplomb. The coastal town of Flatby declare themselves independent from the Government after local historian Malcolm Batley discovers the town was never officially part of the United Kingdom.

Spotting a chance to help the ailing town get some publicity and hopefully money into the towns coffers deputy Mayor Laura Fitzgerald persuades the town to declare independence. Of course like Passport To Pimlico things don’t go too smoothly.

The cast was full of dependable comedy players and other regular characters include Mayor Winston Wainwright ( Rudolph Walker), Simon Watson (Richard Hope), Julie Fitzgerald (Jacqueline Defferary), Bert Figgis (Trevor Cooper), Johnny Pearce (Danny Webb), Deidre Pearce (Emma Amos) and Gareth Jones (Alan David).

The show started in a primetime slot but was quickly moved to Sunday afternoons. Writer Michael Aitkens was better known to Australian audiences as an actor popping up in many a 1970’s tv show but by the 1990’s he was living in the UK working as a writer.

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UK / BBC One – CV / 7×30 minute episodes / Broadcast 27 February – 13 April 1997

Writer: Michael Aitkens / Producer: Sharon Bloom / Director: Dewi Humphreys

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Gwen Taylor as Laura Fitzgerald
Richard Hope as Simon Watson
Rudolph Walker as Winston Wainwright
Jacqueline Defferary as Julie Fitzgerald
Matthew Cottle as Malcolm Batley
Trevor Cooper as Bert Figgis
Danny Webb as Johnny Pearce
Emma Amos as Deidre Pearce
Alan David as Gareth Jones

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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

production details
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 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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