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Back To Methuselah (BBC 1952, John Justin, Sydney Tafler)

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With an introduction from Harold Hobson Back To Methuselah was a five part production of George Bernard Shaw’s epic cycle of plays which track from 4004BC to the very far future beginning with Adam And Eve with the second play taking place in the present day. The final episode takes place in the year 31,920 where people live to a very advanced age.

Written between the years 1918 and 1920 the plays were an attempt by Shaw to come to terms with the ravages of world war one and his belief that we all need to adapt and live as long as we can.

The episodes were titled In The Beginning, The Gospel of the Brothers Barnabus, The Thing Happens, Tragedy of an Elderly Gentleman and As Far As Thought Can Reach.

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UK / BBC / 5 episodes various durations from 75 minutes to 110 minutes / Broadcast 6 May – 3 June 1952

Play: George Bernard Shaw / Production Design: Stephen Bundy / Choreography: Felicity Gray / Producer: Harold Clayton / Directors: Harold Clayton, Alan Bromly

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John Justin
Heather Stannard
Ellen Pollock
Sydney Tafler
André van Gyseghem
Philip King
Francis Rowe
Ernest Clark
Ursula Howells
Hugh Griffith
Andrew Cruickshank
Edward Chapman
Donald Eccles
David Horne
Ernest Clark
Ida Shepley
Maurice Colbourne
Dorothy Primrose
Edward Jewesbury
John Byron
Maxine Audley
Hamlyn Benson
Susan Richmond
Iris Williams
Michael Redington
William Devlin
Jane Barrett
Tony Britton
Ellen Pollock
Sheila Shand Gibbs
Avis Scott
Robert Urquhart
Andrew Osborn
David Markham
Peter Rendall
Rosaline Haddon
Heather Stannard

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Clochemerle (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 Clochemerle 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

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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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