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Booze Cruise, The (ITV 2003, Martin Clunes, Neil Pearson)

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In The Booze Cruise a group of five neighbours, who would not normally have much to do with each other, get up at the crack of dawn and venture off to a French hypermarket.

Organiser Dave (Mark Benton) and his mate Rob (Neil Pearson) have done this before, but this time they are joined by Clive Rainer (Martin Clunes) and his prospective son-in-law Daniel (Ben Whishaw). Clive wants to buy cheap champagne for his daughter Chloe’s forthcoming wedding. Completing the team is Maurice (Brian Murphy), an opinionated xenophobe who is at war with Rob over a row of trees and a garden shed.

From the start things go horribly and hysterically wrong. Daniel becomes separated from the group, meets a beautiful French mademoiselle and discovers that maybe Chloe is not the only girl in the world. Chloe herself is finding happiness in the arms of
another – to her mother’s annoyance since she is planning the wedding of the year.

Rob finds himself arrested by the gendarmes over a minor incident, which Maurice manages to turn into a major incident, Clive’s credit cards start bouncing and Maurice discovers an indelible mark on his bald head. Back in England, the wives and girlfriends’ day is also full of drama

2 sequels followed, The Booze Cruise II (25 December 2005) and The Booze Cruise (21 May 2006), Martin Clunes was only in the first of them.

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UK /ITV1 – Yorkshire / 1×100 minute episode / Broadcast 7 September 2003

Writer: Brian Leveseon, Paul Minett / Executive Producers: David Reynolds and Tim Hancock / Producer: Roy Gould / Director: Paul Seed

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Martin Clunes as Clive Rainer
Neil Pearson as Rob Sewell
Brian Murphy as Maurice
Mark Benton as Dave Bolton
Anne Reid as Grace
Marsha Fitzalan as Ruth Rainer
Karen Henthorne as Cath Bolton
Louise Callaghan as Chloe Rainer
Claire Skinner as Leone Sewell
Ben Whishaw as Daniel
Jalaal Hartley as Dominic
Suzy Cooper as Jackie

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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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Conjugal Rights

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)

crew details
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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Christmas Story, A (Fox 2017, Maya Rudolph, Matthew Broderick)

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A Christmas Story Fox 2017

A three-hour live television event, inspired by the holiday classic feature “A Christmas Story” and the Tony Award-nominated Broadway production “A Christmas Story: The Musical.”

Executive-produced by award-winning film, television and theater producer Marc Platt (“Grease: Live,” “La La Land”). The epic adaptation is filmed at the historic Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank.

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Maya Rudolph as Mother Parker
Matthew Broderick as Ralphie as an Adult
Jane Krakowski as Miss Shields
Chris Diamantopoulos as Old Man Parker
Santino Fontana as Off Camera Vocalist
Ana Gasteyer as Mrs. Schwartz
Andy Walken as Ralphie Parker
Laura Dickinson as Off Camera Vocalist
Sacha Carlson as Scut Farkus
Jessica Fontana as Off Camera Vocalist
Abigail Dylan Harrison as Louise
Artyon Celestine as Richie
Sammy Ramirez as Schwartz
Elie Samouhi as Grover Dill
Chris Mann as Off Camera Vocalist

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Writers and Executive Producers: Jonathan Tolins, Robert Cary
Executive Producers: Marc Platt, Adam Siegel, Alex Rudzinski
Director and Executive Producer: Scott Ellis

production details
Country: USA
Network and Production Companies: Fox – Warner Horizon Television
Duration: 1×180 minute episode
Aired From: Sunday 17 December 2017 at 7.00pm

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