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Castle Haven (ITV 1972, Gretchen Franklin, George Waring)

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Drama series that took us to the Yorkshire coast where Castle Haven is a pair of large Victorian houses that have been converted into 8 flats. Middle aged Tom and Sarah Meek are the caretakers whilst other residents included newly married Phil and Jo Mercer, shift worker Ivor Davies and his wife Alice and the Czechoslavakian Josip Pospichal.

Put together by Emmerdale Farm creator Kevin Laffan, Castle Haven is a classic soapy style drama, never fully networked by ITV (74 episodes were shown by Thames between 27 June and 13 October 1972 when ITV started their afternoon broadcasts). Apparently the series is one the few Yorkshire shows to have been completely wiped (apart from that is, the second half of one episode)

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UK / ITV Network – Yorkshire Television / 104×30 minutes / 1972

Creator: Kevin B Laffan / Producer: Peter Mortimer

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GRETCHEN FRANKLIN as Sarah Meek
GEORGE WARING as Tom Meek
KATHY STAFF as Lorna Everitt
JACK CARR as Philip Mercer
SALLY JAMES as Jo Mercer
ROY BARRACLOUGH as Harry Everitt
RAY GATENBY as Mr Pack
ERNST WALDER as Josip Pospichal
COLIN RIX as Ivor Davies
ANN KING as Alice Davies

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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

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

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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

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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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