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Banana Splits Adventure Hour, The (NBC 1968-1970)

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Children’s entertainment show The Banana Splits Adventure Hour told madcap exploits of a pop group of four furry animals – Bingo (a Gorilla), Drooper (a Lion), Fleegle (a Dog) and Snorky (an Elephant).

Sandwiched in-between these generally pretty surreal segments were an assortment of items such as a cartoon versions of The Arabian Knights (size of a Pachiderm! comic tales of Prince Turhan, Princess Nidor, Bez, Farik and Raseem); The Micro Venture (The Carter family led by Professor Carter are shrunk to a tiny size to examine wildlife and get involved in adventures) and The Three Musketeers (the adventures of Porthos, Aramis and the rest). The Hillbilly Bears was about the misadventures of a bear family, Paw, Maw, Flora and Shagg Rugg. There was also a live action adventure story called Danger Island featuring a young Jan Michael-Vincent.

Because the series was sponsored by Kellogs it’s original broadcast title went under the unwieldy moniker of Kellogg’s of Battle Creek Presents the Banana Splits Adventure Hour.

In 2008 there was a revival of the series with new short comedy segments and videos airing on the Cartoon Network from 2 September. There was a concerted effort to “go big” with the concept with live shows, a website, a music CD and DVD as well as a special section at South Carolina’s Hard Rock Park called Banana Splitsville. It didn’t last too long with the park closing for good the following year.

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USA / NBC – Hanna Barbera / 31×50 minute episodes / Broadcast 7 September 1968 – 5 September 1970

Creators/Executive Producers:William Hanna, Joseph Barbera / Producer: Edward J. Rosen / Theme Music: Ritchie Adams , Mark Barkan

Voices of the Banana Splits
Daws Butler as Bingo
Paul Winchell as Fleagle
Don Messick as Snorky
Allan Melvin as Drooper

other voice cast and cast
Don Messick as Professor Carter, Aramis, Shagg Rugg
Patsy Garrett as Jill Carter
Tommy Cook as Mike Carter
Frank Aletter as Professor Irwin Hayden
Ronne Troup as Leslie Hayden
Jan-Michael Vincent as Link Simmons
Rockne Tarkington as Morgan
Victor Eberg as Mu Tan
Rodrigo Arrendondo as Chu
Bruce Watson as D’Artagnan
Barney Phillips as Porthos
Jonathan Harris as Athos
Teddy Eccles as Tooly
Julie Bennett as The Queen, Constance
Henry Corden as Paw Rugg
Jean Vander Pyl as Maw and Flora Rugg
Henry Corden as Bez
Paul Frees as Evil Vangore
Frank Gerstle as Raseem
Shari Lewis as Princess Nidor
Jay North as Turban
John Stephenson as Farik

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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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