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Bosom Buddies (ABC 1980-1982 with Tom Hanks and Peter Scolari)

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Creators: Robert L. Boyett, Thomas L. Miller, Chris Thompson / Theme Music: My Life by Billy Joel

The infamous Tom Hanks sitcom, a show he has downplayed somewhat since his movie stardom but was a vital stepping stone in his career path. So why infamous! Well Hanks spends most of the show cavorting around in drag!

The premise is something of an old chestnut, two young men; Hanks as Kip Wilson and Peter Scolari as Henry Desmond, pose as girls in order to bag the cheap rent offered by the all girl residence that is the Susan B Anthony Hotel.

The pair work for an advertising agency in New York (although Henry has hopes of becoming a novelist and Kip wants to become an artist) and its their friend Amy (who fancies Henry) who comes up with the idea so before you can say “Tootsie” the boys have become “Buffy” (Hanks) and Hildegarde (Scolari), the funny thing is, like always when its men in drag, no one seems to catch on that the two not at all attractive women who have moved in are actually fellers!

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Peter Scolari as Henry Desmond
Tom Hanks as Kip Wilson
Holland Taylor as Ruth Dunbar
Wendie Jo Sperber as Amy Cassidy
Donna Dixon as Sonny Lumet
Telma Hopkins as Isabelle Hammond
Edie Adams as Lillian Sinclair
Lucille Benson as Lillian Sinclair
Linda Lawrence as Dawn Steekovitch
Samantha Fox as Lee Anne
Patrick Quinn as Marty Bursky
Wendy Goldman as Vickie

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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

crew details
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

crew details
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

production details
Country: Canada
Network and Production Companies: UP
Duration: 1×120 minute episode
Aired From: Sunday 10 December 2017

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