Miles C Banyon was a hard-working, straight-down-the-line private detective willing to handle any case that came his way, from murder to missing persons.
The series novelty, in a decade when TV schedules were crowded with lone detectives working the streets, was to give its eponymous hero a period setting, taking us to Los Angeles in the 1930s. Banyon’s girl, Abby Graham, was a nightclub singer, but he was in no hurry to settle down.
His main source of support was elderly Peggy Revere (played by one-time Busby Berkeley high-kicker Joan Blondell), patroness of a secretarial school based in the same building as his office.
Each week she supplied him with a different secretary for no charge, an arrangement that gave her girls thrills and experience, provided the private eye with valuable resources, and offered him and the viewer a lively procession of characters from glamour-girl to farm-girl.
The series’ executive producer was Quinn Martin, a name behind a long list of solid sleuthing series that included the likes of Cannon, The Fugitive, The Untouchables, The FBI, The New Breed, Dan August and The Streets of San Francisco.
Robert Forster (real name Robert Foster) went on to a somewhat lacklustre career of cops, gangsters and remakes via a spell of dubious titles – Kinky Coaches and the Pom Pom Pussycats (1980) and Linda, aka Naked Super Witches of the Rio Amore (also 1980).
In the pilot broadcast 15 March 1971 Hermione Gingold had the role of Peggy Revere and Darren McGavin played Lt. Pete Cordova.
USA / NBC – Warner / 1×96 minute episode 15×60 minute episodes / Broadcast 15 September 1972 – 12 January 1973
Executive Producer: Quinn Martin / Writers: Ed Adamson, William P. McGivern, Milton S. Gelman, Carey Wilber, James D. Buchanan, Ronald Austin, George F. Slavin, Mann Rubin, Mort Fine, N. Gidding, Robert C. Dennis / Directors: Ralph Senensky, Daniel Petrie, Lawrence Dobkin, Charles S. Dubin, Marvin Chomsky / Producer: Ed Adamson / Story Editor: Norman Katkov / Music: Johnny Mandel
Robert Forster as Miles Banyon
Richard Jaeckel as Lt. Pete McNeil
Joan Blondell as Peggy Revere
Julie Gregg as Abby Graham
PILOT (15 Mar 1971)
SEASON ONE 15 September 1972 – 12 January 1973
1. THE DECENT THING TO DO (15 Sep 72)
2. THE OLD COLLEGE TRY (22 Sep 72)
3. THE GRAVEYARD VOTE (29 Sep 72)
4. COMPLETELY OUT OF PRINT (6 Oct 72)
5. MEAL TICKET (13 Oct 72)
6. THE CLAY CLARINET (27 Oct 72)
7. DEAD END (3 Nov 72)
8. TIME TO KILL (10 Nov 72)
9. THINK OF ME KINDLY (17 Nov 72)
10. A DATE WITH DEATH (24 Nov 72)
11. SALLY OVERMAN IS MISSING (1 Dec 72)
12. THE LADY KILLER (8 Dec 72)
13. THE MURDER GAME (15 Dec 72)
14. JUST ONCE (22 Dec 72)
15. TIME LAPSE (12 Jan 72)
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
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Aired From: Sunday 10 December 2017
Christmas Reunion, A (Lifetime 2015, Catherine Hicks, Denise Richards)
In A Christmas Reunion a Madison Avenue executive, Amy, discovers an unusual Christmas surprise when she inherits her Aunt’s hometown bakery. The real surprise comes when she learns the other half of the bakery was left to her long-ago boyfriend, Jack.
Unresolved personal issues resurface between them, as the exes return home to co-manage the store, along with its traditional holiday cookie bake-off.
Denise Richards as Amy Stone
Patrick Muldoon as Jack Evans
Jake Busey as Dylan Carruthers
Catherine Hicks as Aunt Linda
Parker Stevenson as Don Dupree
Patricia De Leon as Janette Crowder
Jon Briddell as Luke Crowder
Robert R. Shafer as Frank O’Brien
Anna Barnholtz as Chloe
John Colton as Steve Evans
Sandra Evans as Shari
Brody Fitzgerald as Young Jack Evans
Michael Gaglio as Earl Pratt, Sr.
Gib Gerard as Earl Pratt, Jr.
Joyce Greenleaf as Helen
Director: Sean Olson
Writers: Margaret Base, Mary Glenn, Sam Irvin, Sean Olson, Peter Sullivan, Michael Varrat
Network and Production Companies: Lifetime – Hybrid
Duration: 1×120 minute episode
Aired From: 13 December 2015
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