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Bless This House (ITV 1971-1976, Sid James, Diana Coupland)

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Sid James was born looking middle aged, no matter from period of his career you see he always looks exactly the same. Bless This House though is the sitcom that carried him through most of the seventies (James died of a heart attack whilst on stage in 1976), this generation gap comedy is pretty basic in terms of situation, following the misadventures of middle aged Sid Abbott and his wife Jean trying to cope with their two teenage kids in the newly liberated 1970s certainly nothing out of the ordinary its the performances that make Bless This House such a treat, all four members of the Abbott household very comfortable with each other the perpetually disgruntled Sid, stoic Jean, hippy Mike and the always happy Sally.

Sid is a rep for a stationary firm and in alphabetical order his three favourite things in life are Ale, Birds and Chelsea. Wife Jean is the real brains of the family always getting one up on Sid whenever there is a battle of the sexes to be fought. Son Mike is an archetypal college art student or a long haired layabout as Sid likes to think of him. Daughter Sally is still at school, her final year, when the series starts and despite the fact that Sid thinks she is still his little girl, she is growing up fast.

Trevor and Betty were their friendly next door neighbours.

Carla Lane was amongst the writers on the show and a popular feature film version was released in 1972. This saw Robin Askwith play the role of son Mike.

Bless This House Robin Stewart and Sally Geeson.

Bless This House kids Mike and Sally.

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ITV – Thames / 65×30 minute episodes / Broadcast 2 February 1971 – 22 April 1976

Creators: Vince Powell, Harry Driver / Producer and Director: William G. Stewart

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SID JAMES as Sid Abbott
DIANA COUPLAND as Jean Abbott
ROBIN STEWART as Mike Abbott
SALLY GEESON as Sally Abbott
ANTHONY JACKSON as Trevor
PATSY ROWLANDS as Betty

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Clochemerle (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 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

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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