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Countess Alice, The (BBC-2 1992, Wendy Hiller, Zoe Wanamaker)

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In drama The Countess Alice Freelance journalist Nick Black is less than thrilled when “Albany” magazine asks him to do a “Then and Now” feature on the elderly members of a celebrated set of society aristocrats.

However, he warms to his task when he meets Alice, Countess Von Holzendorf, an engaging 80-year old Englishwoman who married a Prussian count in 1935 and spent the war in Germany. She now lives a life of genteel poverty in London with her middle-aged daughter, Connie.

Undeterred by her mother’s opposition, Connie makes a trip to East Germany to visit the former family home. When she goes to the family graveyard she is shocked to find certain unexpected graves. On her return she confronts Alice with her unnerving discovery.

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UK / BBC Two / 1×90 minute episode / Broadcast 1 July 1992

Writer: Allan Cubit / Executive Producer: George Faber / Producer: Colin Ludlow / Director: Moira Armstrong

Series: Screenplay Season 7 Episode 1

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Wendy Hiller as Alice
Zoe Wanamaker as Connie
Duncan Bell as Nick
Patricia Quinn as Margot
Lucinda Fisher as Jane
Sylvia Barter as Tilly
Madge Ryan as Beattie
Chris Stanton as Vicar
Martin Wimbush as Jeremy
Hannah Cresswell as Debbie
Terence Donovan as Himself
Sarah Crowden as Sarah
James Appleby as Cab Driver
Jane Van Hool as Vivian

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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

production details
Country: Canada
Network and Production Companies: UP
Duration: 1×120 minute episode
Aired From: Sunday 10 December 2017

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