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Best – His Mother’s Son (BBC-2 2009, Michelle Fairley, Tom Payne)

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Period drama Best – His Mother’s Son tells the story of soccer legend George Best from 1966 to 1974, the years that without question saw him in his prime. The drama though is just as much about how his family, especially his mother Ann, cope with his superstardom. He was the first English soccer player to be given pop star status and it was hard for his family to continue with their everyday life at times. His mother slowly sinks into alcoholism, much like George himself does.

In 1974 Best effectively retired from football and despite several comebacks he would never achieve again the same level of greatness. Ann Best basically drank herself to death, she died at the age of 54 (she was actually tee total until her forties and didn’t actually drink until George moved to the UK to begin his football career).

This was a very strong drama with spot on production design as the drama moves from the sixties to the seventies. Sometimes hard to watch but brilliant performances all round especially from Michelle Fairley as Mrs Best. There was also some great archive footage mixed in with the dramatic moments.

Best His Mother's Son

production details
UK / BBC Two – BBC Northern Ireland / 1×90 minute episode / Broadcast Sunday 26 April 2009 @ 9.00pm

Writer: Terry Cafolla / Producer and Director: Colin Barr

cast
MICHELLE FAIRLEY as Ann Best
TOM PAYNE as George Best
LORCAN CRANITCH as Dickie Best
BRONAGH TAGGART as Ruby Emerson
LAURA DONNELLY as Barbara Best
LISA HOGG as Carol Best
BRIAN DEVLIN as Neighbour
CATHERINE QUINN as Grace Best
AMY QUINN as Julie Best
LUKE DE WOOLFSON as Dave Sadler
TESSA NICHOLSON as Girl in Nightclub
DES McALEER as Matt Busby
MICHAEL LIEBMANN as Man on Bus
JAMES DORAN as Taxi Driver
MICHELLE FORBES as Mrs Fullaway
PAUL KENNEDY as Journalist
NIAMH McGRADY as Martha Devine
RICHARD DORMER as Advert Director
ANNEMARIE GAILLARD as Girl With Baby

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Christmas Princess (UP 2017, Nicole Munoz, Zak Santiago)

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Christmas Princess Nicole Munoz

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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
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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

crew details
Director: Allan Harmon
Writer: Tracy Andreen

production details
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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A Christmas Reunion Lifetime

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Catherine Hicks as Aunt Linda
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Patricia De Leon as Janette Crowder
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Robert R. Shafer as Frank O’Brien
Anna Barnholtz as Chloe
John Colton as Steve Evans
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Brody Fitzgerald as Young Jack Evans
Michael Gaglio as Earl Pratt, Sr.
Gib Gerard as Earl Pratt, Jr.
Joyce Greenleaf as Helen

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

production details
Country: USA
Network and Production Companies: Lifetime – Hybrid
Duration: 1×120 minute episode
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Final Vision (ID 2017, Scott Foley, Dave Annable)

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Told through the eyes of best-selling author Joe McGinniss (Annable), who was approached by MacDonald to write a book about his personal nightmare as he was about to go to trial.

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Scott Foley as Jeffrey MacDonald
Dave Annable as Joe McGinniss
John Doman as Bernie Segal
Lochlyn Munro as Wade Smith
Jessica Harmon as Colette MacDonald
Caroline Aaron as Leslie Sterling
Primo Allon as MP Sergeant
Julia Maren Baker as Kimberly MacDonald
Julia Benson as Nancy McGinniss
Baylee Breen-Wood as Kristen MacDonald
April Cameron as Nurse at St. Mary’s
Aaron Craven as James Blackburn
Bruce Dawson as Doctor
Parveen Dosanjh as Woman at Party
Lane Edwards as Brian Murtagh

crew details
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Director:  Nicholas McCarthy
Executive Producers: Angela Bromstad, Christine Connor, Linda Berman S

production details
Country:  USA
Network and Production Companies: ID – Lincoln Square Productions
Duration: 1×120 minute episode
Aired From:  Sunday 10 December 2017

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