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Charles II – The Power And The Passion (BBC-2 2003, Rufus Sewell)

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A lavish costume romp of the first order Charles II tells the story of the lives and loves of The Restoration King. Following the execution of his father Charles I young Charles is forced to flee into exile whilst the new crown protector Thomas Cromwell assumes the power in England .

The story begins with the now adult Charles (a fantastic, brooding Rufus Sewell) ready to return and reclaim his throne and going on to cover his numerous relationships (the King had lots of illegitimate children his descendants include Princess Diana, Sarah Ferguson and Camilla Parker-Bowles) and the many machinations and political scheming that surrounds any Royal Court.

Very stylish and enormously entertaining Charles II has everything you want in a post modern period drama, murder, intrigue and copious amounts of sexual machinations – the brilliant Helen McCrory plays Barbara Villiers who carried on a relationship with Charles for years whilst simultaneously involved with his oldest friend and her cousin the Duke of Buckingham George Villiers. Rupert Graves as Villiers brings his usual seedy suaveness to his role.

A top flight cast that includes Diana Rigg, Shirley Henderson (as Charles long time wife Catherine of Braganza who was never able to provide him with a much needed heir), Charlie Creed-Miles as Charles brother and future King James, Duke of York and Emma Pierson as the sexy Nell Gwynn only adds to the serials feel of quality.

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Charles and Nell Gwynn (played by Emma Pierson)

Charles II reign took in many pivotal moments in British history including the Plague and the Great Fire of London and writer Adrian Hodges has done a fantastic job bringing in all the varied strands of courtly life such as the political games Charles is forced to play contrasted with the play hard aspects of the Royal Court.

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UK / BBC Two / 4×60 minute episodes / Broadcast 16 November 7 – 7 December 2003

Writer: Adrian Hodges / Script Editor: Manda Levin / Music: Rob Lane / Executive Producers: Delia Fine, Laura Mackie / Producer: Kate Harwood / Director: Joe Wright

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Rufus Sewell as Charles II
Rupert Graves as Buckingham
Helen McCrory as Barbara
Ian McDiarmid as Hyde
Charlie Creed-Miles as James
Shirley Henderson as Catharine
Martin Freeman as Shaftesbury
Emma Pierson as Nell Gwynn
Christian Coulson as Monmouth
Peter Wight as Ormonde
Robert East as Arlington
Dorian Lough as Clifford
Diana Rigg as Henrietta Mari
Nick Bagnall as Hopkins
Tabitha Wady as Anne Hyde

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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

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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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