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Carrie’s War (BBC-1 1974, Juliet Waley, Avril Elgar)

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In Carrie’s War with the Blitz on London in full swing during world war two, Carrie, her brother Nick and a trainload full of other children are being evacuated to the Welsh countryside. They are taken in by the kindly Louisa and her shopkeeper brother Albert Evans who is rather stern and strict. Carrie and Nick make friends with fellow evacuee Albert Sandwich who has been placed with Louisa’s cousin Dilys Gotobed and her housekeeper Hepzibah Green who lives at the farmhouse Druid’s Bottom.

Mr Evans and the ageing and infirm Mrs Gotobed no longer speak because of an incident in the past but Carrie is keen to see the two re-united.

Carrie’s War is a much loved childrens serial, completely filmed on location in the quiet Welsh mining village of Blaengarw. Although set during world war II it is actually more about the dynamic between the two families and the “war” that Carrie faces in bringing them together. It’s completely charming, beautifully filmed and there is a nice coda where Carrie in the 1970’s takes her own children to visit the village she was evacuated to.

Railway locations by permission of the Severn Valley Railway.

There was a larger budget feature length version of the novel mounted in 2004.

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UK / BBC One / 5×25 minute episode / Broadcast 28 January – 25 February 1974

Writer: Marilyn Fox / Novel: Nina Bawden / Executive Producer: Anna Home / Costumes: George Ward / Camera: Eugene Carr / Production Design: David Crozier / Director: Paul Stone

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JULIET WALEY as Carrie
ANDREW TINNEY as Nick
TIM COWARD as Albert
AVRIL ELGAR as Lou Evans
AUBREY RICHARDS as Samuel Evans
ROSALIE CRUTCHLEY as Hepzibah
MATTHEW GUINNESS as Mr Johnny

THE EPISODES
1. EPISODE ONE (Broadcast 28 January 1974)
Carrie and her brother Nick are amongst a number of evacuees sent to Wales to escape the worst ravages of the second world war. Carrie makes friends with a boy called Albert Sandwich, Carrie and Nick are taken in by fussy shopkeeper Albert Evans and his sister Lou. Albert, meanwhile, goes to stay with wealthy but strange elderly Mrs Gotobed who is also a sister of Mr Evans.
With:- VALERIE GEORGESON as Miss Fazackerly / VALMAI JONES as Lady in Hall

2. EPISODE TWO (Broadcast 4 February 1974)
Visiting Albert at Mrs Gotobed’s home called Druid’s Bottom Carrie and Nick meet the backward but kindly Mr Johnny and housekeeper Hepzibah.
With:- PATSY SMART as Mrs Gotobed

3. EPISODE THREE (Broadcast 11 February 1974)
Mr Evans doesn’t like Carrie and Nick spending time at Druid’s Bottom, and he doesn’t like his sister seeing a Yank soldier. Evans cheers up when his son Frederick comes home on leave. Mrs Gotobed dies making arrangements in her will for Mr Johnny and Hepzibah to stay in the house, much to the chagrin of Evans. With:- DAVID CARGILL as Major Harper / SEAN ARNOLD as Frederick / PATSY SMART as Mrs Gotobed

4. EPISODE FOUR (Broadcast 18 February 1974)
Carrie and Albert are convinced that old Evans has taken the will of Mrs Gotobed to get his hands on the house but they can’t prove it. Carrie and Nick’s mother sends a letter to say they will be moving up to Scotland with her (so they can be near their sailor Father).
With:- ELVET DAVID as Minister

5. EPISODE FIVE (Broadcast 25 February 1974)
With Carrie and Nick making preparations to leave Auntie Lou suprises everyone by running off to marry her Yank soldier. On the train home Carrie and Nick see what they think is Druid’s Bottom on fire. 30 years later Carrie returns to Druid’s Bottom with her two children and is amazed to find Hepzibah and Mr Johnny and Hepzibah still living there.
With:- SHIRLEY DIXON as Carrie Senior / CASSIE STONE as Carrie’s Daughter / NICHOLAS SYMONS as Carrie’s Son

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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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Zak Santiago as Ignacio Marquez
Olivia Steele Falconer as Emily Marquez
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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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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

crew details
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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