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Big M, The (BBC-2 1967, Michael Bryant, Mitzi Rogers)

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In The Big M private detective Johnny Treherne gets caught up in a dangerous case when his latest client is found dead. Johnny becomes convinced that the dead man was caught up in a protection racket run by a gang of crooks that were responsible for the murder of Treherne’s father.

Original Radio Times publicity… The Big M: After two-and-a-half years and two-hundred-and-twenty-two transmissions of thriller serials, producer Alan Bromly is taking a holiday before starting to prepare a series of full-length thriller plays. During this remarkable run of thriller serials, there have been twenty different stories by sixteen writers, using twelve directors and more than one-thousand performers. Bromly himself directed four of them, including the latest by Lester Powell, “The Big M” in six parts, the first of which you can see tonight. “This thriller differs considerably from anything else we have done,” he says. “It’s what you might term a `twisted’ love story, set against the background of a hot, decadent, south-west Britain.

The `M’ in the title stands for manana, meaning `tomorrow’ and typifies the `leave-it-till-tomorrow’ mood – a lethargy engendered by the heat”. A strong acting cast includes Michael Bryant and Mitzi Rogers. Bromly considers this is one of the tautest thrillers he has handled – and he should know! What makes a thriller-serial writer? “Many authors can turn out a good play,” says Bromly, “but those who can construct a six-part serial are rare. Most seem to be novelists, the exception being Peter (Modesty Blaise) O’Donnell who is, of course, a strip-cartoon writer. But then he has imagination and a discipline from working on newspapers. He is used to thinking visually”. Thriller serials are one of BBC Television’s best overseas sellers and have been sold to countries ranging from Norway to Malaya, Zimbabwe to Australia.”

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UK / BBC Two / 6×25 minute episodes / Broadcast 29 August – 3 October 1967

Writer: Lester Powell / Story Editor: Roger Parkes / Production Design: Richard Wilmot / Producer and Director: Alan Bromly

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Michael Bryant as Johnny Treherne
Mitzi Rogers as Verity Hassett
Reginald Marsh as Tancred
Barry Linehan as Inspector Scott
Michael Wynne as Stratton
Peter Wyatt as Fred Creech
Ann Hamilton as Candy Hassett
Frank Williams as Victor
Stephen Bradley as China Berry
Bernard Martin as Jack Berry
Derek Martin as Motorist
Victor Brooks as Inspector Spain
Christopher Wray as Sergeant Probert

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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

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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