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It Ain’t Half Hot Mum (BBC-1 1974-1981, Windsor Davies, Melvyn Hayes)

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Having created a true gem with Dad’s Army writers Jimmy Perry and David Croft stuck with world war two for their next venture, It Ain’t Half Hot Mum, this time transplanting the action to the Indian subcontinent and the exploits of the Royal Artillery Concert Party.

Regimental Sergeant Major Williams (a majestic Windsor Davies) rules the boys with a rod of iron determined to drill them to perfection, the boys though would sooner be putting on their make up (literally in the case of Melvyn Hayes’s “Gloria” Beaumont) and preparing for the show they put on each week; In this first season George Layton’s Solly Solomon organises the show (Layton actually soon quit the show preferring to concentrate on writing).

It’s interesting looking at the class divisions within the platoon too, the CO’s (Donald Hewlett and Michael Knowles) are out of touch and the mostly working class boys are wilting in the heat whilst Michael Bates’s Rangi Ram is the servant who hears everything and misses nothing.

It Ain't Half Hot Mum

classic quotes
“meet the gang cos the boys are here, the boys are to entertain you”

“SHUUTTT UUUPPP”

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Windsor Davies as RSM B.L. Williams
Melvyn Hayes as ‘Gloria’ Beaumont
George Layton as Bombadier Solomons (Seasons1-2)
Michael Bates as Ranji Ram (Seasons 1-5)
Don Estelle as Gunner ‘Lofty’ Sugden
Donald Hewlett as Colonel Reynolds
Michael Knowles as Capt Ashwood
Kenneth MacDonald as ‘Nobby’ Clark
Dino Shafeek as Char Wallah Muhammad
Stuart McGugan as Gunner Mackintosh
John Clegg as Gunner ‘Paderuski’ Graham
Christopher Mitchell as Gunner Parkin
Mike Kinsey as Gunner ‘Nosher’ Evans
Babar Bhatti as Punkar Wallah

crew details
Writer: Jimmy Perry, David Croft
Theme Music: Jimmy Perry, Derek Taverner
Producer: David Croft

production details
Country: UK
Network and Production Companies: BBC One
Duration: 56×30 minute episodes
Aired From: 1974-81 Eight seasons

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

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Clochmerle BBC 1972

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

crew details
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

crew details
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

crew details
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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