UK / ITV Network-Granada / 18x60m-e / 1995-97
Creator: Kay Mellor / Producers: Elizabeth Bradley,Tony Dennis / Costume: Sue Peck /Script Editor: Elizabeth Bradley / Theme Music: Love Hurts sung by Barbara Dickson
Drama series. The heartaches of a group of prostitutes trying to make a go of their lives. The three key characters were Carol, Rose and much younger Tracy. Each of the show’s three seasons had a distinct plotline, season one was very brutal with Ruth Gemmel’s Gina being murdered by a client who then targeted Carol but eventually got caught, in the first series Rose and Carol were also trying to get off the game by starting their own cleaning company.
Season two focuses on Tracy and her descent into a drug fuelled hell, full of shocking twists and turns Rose and Carol lose their business and are prime suspects for two murders that are later to have been committed by a gone insane Tracy (she ends the season by committing suicide), Rose also discovers that her long lost daughter is actually Tracy’s Lesbian lover Colette. Carol meanwhile learns she has inherited some money.
Season three which changed the title to simply Gold never seemed to quite scale the heights of the first two seasons and centred on Rose getting involved with an escort who has possibly been involved in a pair of murders and also takes under her wing another young and dangerous prostitute.
Often extremely violent but always watchable Band of Gold paved the way for shows such as Bad Girls and Footballers Wives.
GERALDINE JAMES as Rose Garrity
BARBARA DICKSON as Anita Braithwaite
CATHY TYSON as Carol Johnson
SAMANTHA MORTON as Tracey Richards (Seasons 1-2)
REBECCA CALLARD as Tula(Season 2)
TONY DOYLE as George Ferguson
LENA HEADEY as Colette Levison
RAY STEVENSON as Steve Dickson
RUTH GEMMELL as Gina (season 1)
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Clochmerle (BBC-2 1972, Cyril Cusack, Roy Dotrice)
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.
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
Writers: Ray Galton, Alan Simpson
Novel: Gabriel Chevallier
Producer: Michael Mills
Network and Production Companies: BBC Two – Bavaria
Duration: 9×30 minute episodes
Aired From: 18 February – 14 April 1972 Fridays at 10.05pm
Clairvoyant, The (BBC-2 1986, Roy Kinnear, Sandra Dickinson)
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.
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
Writer: Roy Clarke
Producer and Director: Alan J.W. Bell
Network and Production Companies: BBC-2
Duration: 6×30 minute episodes
Aired From: Pilot – 27 November 1984 and Series – 15 May – 19 June 1986
Christmas Princess (UP 2017, Nicole Munoz, Zak Santiago)
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.
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
Director: Allan Harmon
Writer: Tracy Andreen
Network and Production Companies: UP
Duration: 1×120 minute episode
Aired From: Sunday 10 December 2017
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