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Cover To Cover (ITV 1972, Edna O’Brien, Bryan Magee)

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Cover to Cover was a Sunday lunchtime book programme presented by Bryan Magee in which he spoke to writers, illustrators and publishers about the world of books. Some prominent novelists appeared including the likes of Edna O’Brien, John Mortimer and George MacDonald Fraser.

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Bryan Magee as Host

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Designer: Barbara Bates
Producer: David Coulter
Programme Editor: Ann Wolff
Research: Sally Dinning

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Country: UK
Network and Production Companies: ITV Network – London Weekend Television
Duration: 13×25 minute episodes
Aired From: 2 January – 26 March 1972 Sundays @ 12.05pm

THE EPISODES
1. NO – BUT I’VE SEEN THE FILM (Broadcast: Sunday 2 Jan 1972 @ 12:05pm)
Bryan Magee looks at recent books which have been turned into movies as well as chats to Edna O’Brien whose own novel Zee and Co had just been turned into a movie.

2. LIKE THAT, WAS IT? (Broadcast: Sunday 9 Jan 1972 @ 12:05pm)
A look at how much fiction is allowed in historical biography. Guests were Neville Williams and John Hale.

3. HEART – THROB (Broadcast: Sunday 16 Jan 1972 @ 12:05pm)
Bryan Magee talks about the art of the romance novel with five prominent authors in the genre – Barbara Cartland, Denise Robins, Kay Thorpe, Kate Norway, Violet Winspear.

4. BETWEEN THE COVERS (Broadcast: Sunday 23 Jan 1972 @ 12:05pm)
A look at the difficulties of getting into print and the dreaded rejection slip.

5. THE GREATEST ESCAPE (Broadcast: Sunday 30 Jan 1972 @12:05pm)
How a great adventure story can take us out of our evryday lives, with Manning O’Brine and J.T. Edson

6. THIS IS MY LIFE (Broadcast: Sunday 6 Feb 1972 @ 12:05pm)
Bryan talks to Laurie Lee and Jack Dash both of whom have had best selling books based on their life stories and discovers that despite similar beginnings their lives have gone in wildly different directions.

7. DO-IT-YOURSELF BOOKS (Broadcast: Sunday 13 Feb 1972 @ 12:05pm)
A look at the flood of D.I.Y books that have hit the market.

8. ONCE UPON A TIME… (Broadcast: Sunday 20 Feb 1972 @ 12:05pm)
Inside the world of Children’s literature.

9. READ TO PREPARE (Broadcast: Sunday 27 Feb 1972 @ 12.05pm)
Bryan Magee examines how books can help prepare children for adult life.

10. FUNNY WORLD (Broadcast: Sunday 5 Mar 1972 @ 12:05pm)
Bryan Magee talks to both George MacDonald Fraser (of the Flashman series) and Richard Gordon (of the Doctor series) about the comic novel.

11.YOUR MOVE (Broadcast: Sunday 12 Mar 1972 @ 12:05pm)
Bryan Magee talks to C. Northcote Parkinson about books dealing with human relationships.

12. WHO DONE IT? (Broadcast: Sunday 19 Mar 1972 @ 12:05 pm)
The art of the detective story with Bryan Magee talking to John Creasey about his then latest Gideon novel Gideon’s Power and Joan Fleming about her novel Hell’s Belle.

13. REVISED EDITION (Broadcast: Sunday 26 Mar 1972 @ 12:05pm)
A look at how the great novels have reflected the times in which they were written and whether the modern day novel is doing that enough. With contributions from John Mortimer and Rebecca West.

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Clochemerle (BBC-2 1972, Cyril Cusack, Roy Dotrice)

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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

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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

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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 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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