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Terry Nation terrified a nation in this worrying post-apocalyptic serial set in de-populated Britain. Running on BBC One from 1975-1977 Survivors starred Carolyn Seymour, Ian McCulloch, Denis Lill and Lucy Fleming.

Why is the series so great?
Series creator Terry Nation wanted us to realise that without the trappings of modern life we’re all no more capable of looking after ourselves than Stone Age Man.

How did it begin?
In episode one (broadcast on April 16, 1975) the opening credits showed a Chinese scientist spilling a flask full of a deadly virus. He died immediately and the plague spread across the world via aircraft.

What next?
We meet pampered housewife Abby Grant who thinks it’s a flu bug.

Why did Nation choose a female leading character?
It was unusual for the time but he wanted to show how the life of a conventional woman could be turned upside down and how she would cope. Abby wants to find out if her son Peter is still alive.

It’s an interesting premise for a TV serial but wasn’t it just a tad… Depressing?
Yes, in a way. Terry Nation believed that after a pandemic the dead would outnumber the living and our cities would become cess pits.
Food would perish as electricity stopped working. TV and radio would cease to function and anarchy would set in very quickly.

What happened?
The survivors realise they can only live if they form a community, produce their own food and forage for supplies. Petrol is like gold and starvation sets in.

I mean what happened to Abby?
By the end of series one she has grown tired of the disunity and slips away from the community to resume her search for her missing son.

Then what?
The series continued for another two seasons with Charles Vaughan (Denis Lill) and Greg Preston (Ian McCulloch) taking over as lead characters.

Don’t say:
Take an aspirin and wrap up warm, you’ll be fine. Or, What nonsense. What will they think of next? Anthrax, I shouldn’t wonder.

Do say:
We’re little better than hunter gatherers. Or, Got 50p for the meter? Or, I’ve never run my car on two-star horse manure. Or, Turnip wine anyone?

Finest moment:
The opening credits.

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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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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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Denise Richards as Amy Stone
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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Final Vision (ID 2017, Scott Foley, Dave Annable)

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Final Vision is a twisted psychological thriller and a true-crime drama based on the longest running criminal case in U.S. history. It’s the story of Jeffrey MacDonald (Foley), a handsome, Ivy League-educated U.S. Army Green Beret doctor, who was convicted of brutally murdering his pregnant wife and two young daughters in the middle of the night.

Told through the eyes of best-selling author Joe McGinniss (Annable), who was approached by MacDonald to write a book about his personal nightmare as he was about to go to trial.

cast
Scott Foley as Jeffrey MacDonald
Dave Annable as Joe McGinniss
John Doman as Bernie Segal
Lochlyn Munro as Wade Smith
Jessica Harmon as Colette MacDonald
Caroline Aaron as Leslie Sterling
Primo Allon as MP Sergeant
Julia Maren Baker as Kimberly MacDonald
Julia Benson as Nancy McGinniss
Baylee Breen-Wood as Kristen MacDonald
April Cameron as Nurse at St. Mary’s
Aaron Craven as James Blackburn
Bruce Dawson as Doctor
Parveen Dosanjh as Woman at Party
Lane Edwards as Brian Murtagh

crew details
Writer: Denis O’Neill
Director:  Nicholas McCarthy
Executive Producers: Angela Bromstad, Christine Connor, Linda Berman S

production details
Country:  USA
Network and Production Companies: ID – Lincoln Square Productions
Duration: 1×120 minute episode
Aired From:  Sunday 10 December 2017

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