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Bench, The (BBC-1 2001-2002, Mark Lewis Jones, Lesley Vickerage)

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The Bench is a drama series that channels 1970’s series Six Days of Justice as it takes us behind the scenes and into the dock of a magistrates court.

All walks of life pass through the doors. Doctors, teenage car thieves, people who are ashamed to have been arrested and inveterate drug dealers – all rub shoulders in the waiting area. Some will be sent to prison, others given a small fine, but their lives and problems will go on. The Bench allows us to see the personal stories behind the crimes.

The drama is set in the fictional south Wales town of Penbridge, a small community where magistrates never know whether an old friend or neighbour willCheryl Cates, Ranjit Singh and Des Davies appear before them in the dock. Worse, defendants can and do form a personal grudge if they dont get the leniency they hoped for. Its a big responsibility for the magistrates, who are all volunteers taking time out from their everyday lives to mete out local justice.

The chair of the magistrates is Peter Mansell, a dignified but sometimes autocratic man who thinks he runs the place. Kath, the clerk to the justices, knows better. Shes the qualified solicitor who advises the magistrates on legal matters – they couldnt get by without her.

Charismatic defence solicitor, Des Davies, is an old hand at getting his clients out of the most difficult scrapes. But when determined young prosecutor Cheryl Cates joins the court, his job suddenly gets a lot tougher. He mocks her zealousness, but is secretly impressed by his new professional rival.

Although the drama never leaves the courts, each week we learn a little more about our regular characters – their friendships, rivalries and relationships. And though theyre all dedicated to their work, the cases are sometimes the least of their problems.

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UK / BBC-1 Wales / 20×30 minute episodes / Broadcast 17 October 2001 – 13 June 2002

Creators: Matthew Robinson, Catherine Tregenna / Producer: Karen Lewis.

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Mark Lewis Jones as Des Davies
Lesley Vickerage as Katharine Tyrell
Philip McGough as Peter Mansell
Eiry Thomas as Cheryl Cates

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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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Christmas Reunion, A (Lifetime 2015, Catherine Hicks, Denise Richards)

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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.

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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

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Director: Sean Olson
Writers: Margaret Base, Mary Glenn, Sam Irvin, Sean Olson, Peter Sullivan, Michael Varrat

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Country: USA
Network and Production Companies: Lifetime – Hybrid
Duration: 1×120 minute episode
Aired From: 13 December 2015

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