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Blitz Street (Channel 4 2010, Tony Robinson)

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In Blitz Street Tony Robinson delves into the history of the blitz in the most incredible fashion in this four part show marking the 70th anniversary of the devastating bombing raids committed by the Germans on Britain during World War II. A kind of mix between science and history, the series examines just what it must have been like to live through the constant, mighty air bombardment as the German Luftwaffe attempted to burn some of Britain’s biggest cities to the ground.

Setting up shop on a special street of terraced houses purpose built on a remote military base Tony and his team of scientists from the Ministry of Defence test out the bombs that would have been dropped during the war. First up is the SC50 which contains 25 kilos of TNT and which was actually the most used bomb during the early stages of the blitz. There is also the SC500 which featured a payload of 250 kilos of TNT. At one stage the Germans were dropping bombs on a truly massive scale and the second episode looks at the events of 14 November 1940 when the Luftwaffe almost razed Coventry to the ground. The second half of the series moves events forward towards the end of the war when Hitler’s scientists developed the deadly Doodlebug rocket which again gets the Blitz street test.

Quite an incredible show that really brings home the impact of what having to live through the horror of nightly bombing raids must have been like for Britain’s plucky residents during the second world war. Tony is in his element too, explaining the ins and outs of just what is going on.

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UK / Channel 4 – Impossible Pictures / 4×60 minute episodes / Broadcast 19 April – 10 May 2010

Executive Producer: Paul Wooding, Tim Haines / Producer and Director: Michael Wadding

 

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Perfect Christmas List, A (Lifetime 2017, Ellen Hollman, Beth Broderick)

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In A Perfect Christmas Gift, as a last wish, a recently hospitalized grandmother, Evie, tasks her daughter and granddaughter, Sara, with a list of festive accomplishments to do together before Christmas hoping that the adventure of the experience will repair their relationship. Along the way, Sara discovers an unlisted Christmas adventure of her own.

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Ellen Hollman as Sara
Beth Broderick as Michelle
Aaron Hill as Dr. Brandon Reed
Richard Karn as Tim
Marion Ross as Evie
Nicole I. Butler as Ms. Carrier
Lauren Nash as Ashley
Scott Thomas Reynolds as Photographer
John Burke as Dr. Taylor
Michael Gaglio as Santa
Ajgie Kirkland as Sam
Lyn Alicia Henderson as Fran
Yanellie Ireland as Katie
Tiffany Paige as Shopper
Rusty E. Frank as Dancer Brown Jacket

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Director: Fred Olen Ray
Writers: Peter Sullivan, Fred Olen Ray,

production details
Country: USA
Network and Production Companies: Lifetime – Hybrid
Duration: 1×120 minute episode
Aired From: Sunday December 17, 2017 at 8.00pm

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Copper’s End (ITV 1971, Bill Owen, Josephine Tewson)

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Sitcom Coppers End was very much from the Will Hay  (and Ask A Policeman in particular) school of comedy; When the series began the boys at the station led by Sergeant Stan Short, had the art of doing nothing down to a tee, so much so that they were even able to hire out their squad car for all manner of weddings, driving lessons and even stock car racing. All until the arrival of the super efficient W.P.S. Penny Pringle that is.

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BILL OWEN as Sgt Sam Short
RICHARD WATTIS as PC Eddie Edwards
GEORGE MOON as PC Chipper Collins
JOSEPHINE TEWSON as WPS Penny Pringle
ROYCE MILLS as PC Dinkworth
GEORGE MOON as Ch Supt Ripper

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Creator: Ted Willis
Producer: Shaun O’Riordan
Director: John Sichel

production details
Country: UK
Network and Production Companies: ITV – ATV
Duration: 13×25 minute episodes
Aired From: 19 February – 14 May 1971

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Conjugal Rights (ITV 1993-1994, Gwen Taylor, Michael Williams)

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Sitcom Conjugal Rights detailed the ups and downs of middle-class, middle-aged married couple Gen and Barry.

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GWEN TAYLOR as Gen
MICHAEL WILLIAMS as Barry
STEPHEN MOORE as Philip
CORDELIA BUGEJA as Gillian
MAGGIE HENDERSON as Pam
WARREN MITCHELL as Voice of Toby the Dog (Season 1)
CHRIS ELLISON as Voice of Toby (Season 2)

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Writer: Roger Hall
Producers: Humphrey Barclay, Justin Greene

production details
Country: UK
Network and Production Companies: ITV – Granada – Humphrey Barclay
Duration: 13×25 minute episodes
Aired From: 16 April 1993 – 17 June 1994

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