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Branded (NBC 1965-1966, Chuck Connors)

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Jason McCord, a West Point graduate and decorated army officer, was a good man. But after the gruesome Battle of Bitter Creek, in which he was the only known survivor, he was court-martialed and then dishonorably discharged for cowardice. And rather than sully the good name of the Army commander who was actually responsible for the massacre, McCord kept his mouth shut and accepted blame. He was, in a word, Branded.

This premise was vividly recounted at the start of each half-hour episode: McCord’s commanding officer rips off his army decorations and breaks his saber in half, chucking the bottom half of it right out of the fort’s gates. McCord leaves the fort’s walls, picks up the broken half-saber, and heads out. It was a bit of a downer, but you don’t get a good tragic television outcast without a little pain and longing.

With no home and nowhere to turn, McCord traveled westward, putting his army training to use and doing engineer work for hire, always trying to prove through his actions that he didn’t deserve the brand of ‘coward.’ Often, his good, heroic deeds would prove just that to the people he met along the way. But every once in a while, in a painful dose of ‘you can’t win ’em all’ reality, there was nothing poor McCord could do to shake that indelible stamp of false rumor that followed him everywhere.

Branded was the second Western starring role for former pro athlete Chuck Connors, who had hit the frontier as The Rifleman a few years before. By this time, however, Westerns were starting to give way to sitcoms at the top of the ratings (Bonanza excepted, of course), and Branded left the air after 48 episodes.

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USA / NBC – Goodson – Todman / 48×25 minute episode / Broadcast 24 January 1965 – 4 September 1966

Creator: Larry Cohen / Producers: Andrew J. Fenady, Cecil Baker / Theme Music: A. Alch, Dominic Frontiere

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CHUCK CONNORS as Jason McCord
JOHN CARRADINE as Joshua McCord

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Clochemerle (BBC-2 1972, Cyril Cusack, Roy Dotrice)

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Clochmerle BBC 1972

Period sitcom, based on a novel by Gabriel Chevallier that was adapted by Ray Galton and Alan Simpson, that saw the French villagers of Clochemerle 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

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Writers: Ray Galton, Alan Simpson
Novel: Gabriel Chevallier
Producer: Michael Mills

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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

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Writer: Roy Clarke
Producer and Director: Alan J.W. Bell

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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

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

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