Captain Scarlet was a Gerry Anderson “supermarionation” classic set in the year 2068 and featuring the organisation Spectrum (led by Colonel White) doing battle with evil Martian Mysterons intent on destroying the world.
Whilst on a mission to Mars a Spectrum task force was destroyed by the Mysterons, now the Mysterons had the power of retro-metabolism (being able to recreate destroyed matter) and recreated two agents Captain Black and Captain Scarlet, both of them now indestructible, Captain Black went over to the dark side and worked for the Mysterons whilst Scarlet stayed on the side of good.
In each of its 32 episodes the Mysterons would try and destroy various key centres on Earth whilst Spectrums key men, led by Captain Scarlet, would try and save the day. Besides Scarlet other agents for Spectrum included Captain Blue, Captain Grey and Captain Magenta, there were also the beautiful female Angel Interceptor pilots Harmony, Melody, Symphony, Rhapsody and Destiny.
Captain Scarlet is fantastic, seen by many as the perfect Gerry Anderson puppet series, with realistic figures, huge attention to detail, great special effects and funky vehicles. The puppets were actually based on the actors who supplied the voices (Francis Matthews played Scarlet, Donald Gray was Colonel White whilst Anderson staple Ed UFO Harris was Captain Blue). Unlike shows that Anderson had made before here the leading players actually had private lives and we get to find out about them, there are also nods to previous shows such as Stingray and Thunderbirds.
2005 saw a 26 part CGI reboot called The New Captain Scarlet. Anderson dubbed this new style of show “Hypermarionation”.
UK / ITV – ATV – ITC – Century 21 / 32×25 minute episodes / 1967-1968
Creator/Executive Producers: Gerry and Sylvia Anderson / Producer: Reg Hill / Music: Barry Gray
Francis Matthews as Captain Scarlet
Donald Gray as Colonel White and Captain Black
Sylvia Anderson as Melody Angel
Charles Tingwell as Dr Fawn
Ed Bishop as Captain Blue
Clochmerle (BBC-2 1972, Cyril Cusack, Roy Dotrice)
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.
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
Writers: Ray Galton, Alan Simpson
Novel: Gabriel Chevallier
Producer: Michael Mills
Network and Production Companies: BBC Two – Bavaria
Duration: 9×30 minute episodes
Aired From: 18 February – 14 April 1972 Fridays at 10.05pm
Clairvoyant, The (BBC-2 1986, Roy Kinnear, Sandra Dickinson)
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.
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
Writer: Roy Clarke
Producer and Director: Alan J.W. Bell
Network and Production Companies: BBC-2
Duration: 6×30 minute episodes
Aired From: Pilot – 27 November 1984 and Series – 15 May – 19 June 1986
Christmas Princess (UP 2017, Nicole Munoz, Zak Santiago)
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.
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
Director: Allan Harmon
Writer: Tracy Andreen
Network and Production Companies: UP
Duration: 1×120 minute episode
Aired From: Sunday 10 December 2017
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