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Beggar Bride, The (UK BBC-1 1997 with Keeley Hawes and Joe Duttine)

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Keeley Hawes stars in captivating rags-to-riches drama The Beggar Bride told in two parts. Young, beautiful and living on the breadline in a rundown apartment with feckless husband Billy and their sickly child, Ange Harper (Hawes) decides to take matters into her own hands in order to save her family from the poverty trap. She hits on the perfect plan after spotting a newspaper feature on the once divorced, once widowed lord, Sir Fabian Ormerod. She plots to marry the man, then hit him for a massive divorce settlement. And so the stunning Ms Angela Harper is born – a successful lingerie buyer with an alluring independent streak.

Angela does her homework well and a ‘chance’ meeting at his beloved opera soon seals Sir Fabian’s fate. A whirlwind romance and a double life ensue, as grand weekends at the Ormerod country mansion are followed by cozy reunions with Billy in their Wellington Garden apartment. Storm clouds are soon on the horizon as Angela desperately tries to keep her secret life hidden.

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UK / BBC One / 2×75 minute episodes / Broadcast 1997

Writer: Lizzie Mickery / Novel: Gillian White / Producer: Kate Harwood / Director: Diarmuid Lawrence

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KEELEY HAWES as Angela Harper
JOE DUTTINE as Billy Harper
NICHOLAS JONES as Sir Fabian Ormerod
CHARLOTTE WILLIAMS as Honesty Ormerod
JEAN ANDERSON as Lady Alice
DIANA KENT as Ffiona Ormerod

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Clochmerle (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 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

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Writers: Ray Galton, Alan Simpson
Novel: Gabriel Chevallier
Producer: Michael Mills

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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

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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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