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Brideshead Revisited (ITV 1980, Jeremy Irons, Anthony Andrews)

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Before World War II Charles Ryder finds his life becoming entangled with that of the wealthy Sebastian Flyte and his stately home Bridehead Castle.

One of the finest and one the most expensive ITV series, Brideshead Revisited set the benchmark for others to follow. It launched the career of film star Jeremy Irons and co-starred a host of A-listers, including Sir Laurence Olivier in one of his most acclaimed TV roles. Off screen, the drama was just as intense. Filming was almost ruined by a broadcasting union strike in 1979, which put the production on hold.

Memorable moment:
Charles Ryder (Jeremy Irons) first meets Sebastian Flyte (Anthony Andrews) in Oxford. Charles’s father (Edward Ryder) pretends his friend is an American. The opening credits with Geoffrey Burgon’s exquisite score and the beautiful setting of Castle Howard in North Yorkshire.

Trivia:
The show won seven awards at the Baftas in 1982, with the Best Actor gong Anthony Andrews.

Sebastian’s teddy bear, Aloysius, was based on a real one called Archie. It belonged to John Betjeman, one of Waugh’s pals from his Oxford days.

Brideshead Revisited

production details
UK / ITV – Granada / 11×60 minute episodes / Broadcast 12 October – 22 December 1980

Writer: John Mortimer / Novel: Evelyn Waugh / Music: Geoffrey Burgon / Design: Peter Phillips / Costume: Jane Robinson / Producer: Derek Granger / Directors: Michael Lindsay-Hogg, Charles Sturridge

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JEREMY IRONS as Charles Ryder
ANTHONY ANDREWS as Sebastian Flyte
LAURENCE OLIVIER as Lord Marchmain
JOHN GIELGUD as Edward Ryder
DIANA QUICK as Lady Julia Flyte
CLAIRE BLOOM as Lady Marchmain
SIMON JONES as Lord Brideshead
PHOEBE NICHOLLS as Lady Cordelia Flyte
JANE ASHER as Celia Mulcaster
NICKOLAS GRACE as Anthony Blanche
STEPHANE AUDRAN as Cara

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Clochmerle (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 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

crew details
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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