Boon was a generally entertaining and long running vehicle for Michael Elphick. He played ex-fireman Ken Boon, forced to leave the service after damaging his lungs on duty. Trying to make ends meet he initially sets himself up as a jack of all trades before, in the second season, starting his own courier service called The Texas Rangers (Boon rode a 650cc BSA Norton motorbike he called White Lightning). By this stage he had managed to employ the somewhat stupid Rocky Cassidy and had a secretary in the shape of Debbie Yates.
A regular part of the series was Ken’s best friend Harry Crawford, himself a former fireman turned businessman. Throughout the series Harry becomes more and more successful but eventually goes bust. By this stage Ken and Rocky were working as private detectives but were persuaded by Harry to start a new venture called Crawford-Boon Security.
The show ended in 1992 but a previously unseen episode from the final season was transmitted 1 May 1995.
The excellent theme song Hi Ho Silver, sung by Jim Diamond, reached number five on the charts in 1986.
Michael Elphick as Ken Boon
David Daker as Harry Crawford
Neil Morrissey as Rocky Cassidy
Elizabeth Carling as Laura Marsh
Lesley Ann Sharpe as Debbie Yates
Saskia Wickham as Alex Wilton
Creators: Jim Hill, Bill Stair
Theme Music: Jim Diamond
Executive Producers: Ted Childs, Bill Smethurst
Network: ITV – Central
Duration: 93×50 minute episodes
Aired From: 14 January 1986 – 1 December 1992
Clochmerle (BBC-2 1972, Cyril Cusack, Roy Dotrice)
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.
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
Writers: Ray Galton, Alan Simpson
Novel: Gabriel Chevallier
Producer: Michael Mills
Network and Production Companies: BBC Two – Bavaria
Duration: 9×30 minute episodes
Aired From: 18 February – 14 April 1972 Fridays at 10.05pm
Clairvoyant, The (BBC-2 1986, Roy Kinnear, Sandra Dickinson)
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.
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
Writer: Roy Clarke
Producer and Director: Alan J.W. Bell
Network and Production Companies: BBC-2
Duration: 6×30 minute episodes
Aired From: Pilot – 27 November 1984 and Series – 15 May – 19 June 1986
Christmas Princess (UP 2017, Nicole Munoz, Zak Santiago)
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.
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
Director: Allan Harmon
Writer: Tracy Andreen
Network and Production Companies: UP
Duration: 1×120 minute episode
Aired From: Sunday 10 December 2017
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