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Bouquet Of Barbed Wire, A (ITV 1976 with Frank Finlay and Susan Penhaligon)

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When A Bouquet of Barbed Wire was first screened on ITV in 1976, back in the days before video recorders, pubs would empty as 9pm drew near and avid drama-watchers rushed to glue themselves to this televisual tale of marriage, infidelity, parent-child relationships and mid-life crises. Who would fall into bed with whom this week – and what would be the consequences?

The series broke new ground, departing from the safe, formulaic drama of the time to show a tangled web of middle-class lives and lusts as never before. It became the most talked-about series of the year, attracting a staggering 24 million viewers to its seven episodes. ‘Never in the field of TV drama has so much been done by so few to each other,’ said one TV critic describing the emotional and sexual contortions into which the members of the Manson family were plunged.

Bouquet starred Frank Finlay as wealthy publisher Peter Manson, who was sleeping with his secretary, played by Deborah Grant, while also displaying incestuous leanings towards his spoilt daughter Prue (Susan Penhaligon). Peter’s put-upon wife Cassie (Sheila Allen) found relief by jumping into bed with her violent-tempered American son-in-law Gavin (James Aubrey), after he had beaten up her pregnant daughter.

The series’ author, prolific novelist Andrea Newman, defended her work against voices of disapproval by saying ‘I read worse stories in the newspapers than I’ve written, and they’re fact.’

See also Another Bouquet.

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UK / ITV – London Weekend Television / 7×50 minute episodes / Broadcast 9 January – 20 February 1976

Writer: Andrea Newman / Executive Producer: Rex Firkin / Producer and Director: Tony Wharmby

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SUSAN PENHALIGON asPrue Manson/Sorenson
FRANK FINLAY as Peter Manson
JAMES AUBREY as Gavin Sorenson
DEBORAH GRANT as Sarah Francis
SHEILA ALLEN as Cassie Masson

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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

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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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Christmas Reunion, A (Lifetime 2015, Catherine Hicks, Denise Richards)

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A Christmas Reunion Lifetime

In A Christmas Reunion a Madison Avenue executive, Amy, discovers an unusual Christmas surprise when she inherits her Aunt’s hometown bakery. The real surprise comes when she learns the other half of the bakery was left to her long-ago boyfriend, Jack.

Unresolved personal issues resurface between them, as the exes return home to co-manage the store, along with its traditional holiday cookie bake-off.

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Denise Richards as Amy Stone
Patrick Muldoon as Jack Evans
Jake Busey as Dylan Carruthers
Catherine Hicks as Aunt Linda
Parker Stevenson as Don Dupree
Patricia De Leon as Janette Crowder
Jon Briddell as Luke Crowder
Robert R. Shafer as Frank O’Brien
Anna Barnholtz as Chloe
John Colton as Steve Evans
Sandra Evans as Shari
Brody Fitzgerald as Young Jack Evans
Michael Gaglio as Earl Pratt, Sr.
Gib Gerard as Earl Pratt, Jr.
Joyce Greenleaf as Helen

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Director: Sean Olson
Writers: Margaret Base, Mary Glenn, Sam Irvin, Sean Olson, Peter Sullivan, Michael Varrat

production details
Country: USA
Network and Production Companies: Lifetime – Hybrid
Duration: 1×120 minute episode
Aired From: 13 December 2015

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