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Batman (ABC 1966-1968 with Adam West and Burt Ward)

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Scifi comedy drama series and all round camp classic Batman was based on characters from the universe of DC Comics. Bruce Wayne and Dick Grayson, in their superhero guises of Batman and Robin, determine to stamp out evil from the streets of Gotham City. The show was full of high camp fist fights where the punches that landed were accompanied by a ‘Bam’ or a ‘Pow’ popping up on screen pop art style.

Major villains on the show included The Joker, The Riddler, The Penguin, King Tut, Egghead and the feline Catwoman. Alongside Batman and Robin, Batgirl came on board in season three, Her secret identity name was Barbara Gordon (she was Commisioner Gordon’s Daughter) and she accessed her bat gear through a special button on her vanity table that when pressed revealed a hidden recess. She also had her own Bat Cycle.

The series, which aired it’s two part stories over two nights (with the dynamic duo always left in a tight spot at the end of the first part) was hugely popular during it’s first season perfectly capturing the pop art vibe of the time but it just as quickly fell out of favor.

William Dozier (the Executive Producer) provided the famous linking narrations.

There have been lots of other Batman series and movies down the years most recently with Gotham which deals with the city before Batman became Batman but there was also one direct attempt to provide a spin off from this show that focused on Batgirl. Yvonne Craig also appeared in this but it never progressed beyond pilot stage.

Batman was created by Bob Kane and first appeared in comic form in 1939.

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USA / ABC – TCF – Greenaway / 120×30 minute episodes / Broadcast 12 January 1966 – 14 March 1968

Creator: Bob Kane / Theme Music: Neal Hefti / Producer: Howie Horowitz / Executive Producer: William Dozier

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ADAM WEST as Batman/Bruce Wayne
BURT WARD as Robin/Dick Grayson
ALAN NAPIER as Alfred
MADGE BLAKE as Aunt Harriet
NEIL HAMILTON as Commissioner Gordon
STAFFORD REPP as Chief O’Hara
YVONNE CRAIG as Batgirl
CESAR ROMERO as The Joker
BURGESS MEREDITH as The Penguin
GEORGE SANDERS as Mr Freeze
FRANK GORSHIN as Riddler (1)
JOHN ASTIN as Riddler (2)
JULIE NEWMAR as Catwoman (1)
LEE ANN MERIWEATHER as Catwoman (2)
EARTHA KITT as Catwoman (3)
VICTOR BUONO as King Tut
VINCENT PRICE as Egghead

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Clochemerle (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 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

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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

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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

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Country: Canada
Network and Production Companies: UP
Duration: 1×120 minute episode
Aired From: Sunday 10 December 2017

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