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Crane (ITV 1963-1965, Patrick Allen, Sam Kydd)

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1960’s adventure series that notched up 39 episodes as it followed Richard Crane who gave up the rat race to open up a beachfront bar in Morocco (which of course looked suspiciously like a studio backlot) where naturally he found mystery and intrigue at every turn. Crane was not an overly good guy though and was not averse to the odd bit of smuggling to make ends meet.

Patrick Allen (he of the numerous 1970’s advertising voice overs) starred as Crane, Sam Kydd in a rare high profile role played Crane’s side kick Orlando and Gerald Flood was as Colonel Mahmood.

The Orlando chartacter, who was something of a criminal, gained his own spin off series (called Orlando funnily enough) but aimed more at the younger audience.

Writers on the series included cult names such as Terence Feely and When The Boat Comes In creator James Mitchell as well as Alan Plater. Guest stars included Bruce Montague, Patrick Troughton, Peter Bowles, Ingrid Hafner, Roger Delgado and Tony Steedman.

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UK / ITV – Associated Rediffusion / 39×50 minute episodes / Broadcast 2 April 1963 – 25 January 1965

Producer: Jordan Lawrence / Script Editor: Patrick Alexander

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Patrick Allen as Crane
Sam Kydd as Orlando O’Connor
Gerald Flood as Mahmoud
Laya Raki as Halima

THE EPISODES
SEASON ONE 2 April – 25 June 1963
1. A DEATH OF NO IMPORTANCE (2 Apr 63)
2. BAD COMPANY (9 Apr 63)
3. THE CANNIBI SYNDICATE (16 Apr 63)
4. MY DEADLY FRIEND (23 Apr 63)
5. THE EXECUTIONERS (30 Apr 63)
6. YESTERDAY’S WOMAN (7 May 63)
7. THE PRICE OF FRIENDSHIP (14 May 63)
8. THREE DAYS TO DIE (21 May 63)
9. MY BROTHER’S KEEPER (28 May 63)
10. THE UNWANTED (4 Jun 63)
11. RETURN OF A HERO (11 Jun 63)
12. THE GOLDEN ATTRACTION (18 Jun 63)
13. A CASE OF DOLLS (25 Jun 63)

SEASON TWO 13 January – 15 June 1964
1. THE DEATH OF MARIE VETIER (13 Jan 64)
2. EPITAPH FOR A FAT WOMAN (20 Jan 64)
3. DEAD RECKONING (27 Jan 64)
4. PICTURE OF MY BROTHER (3 Feb 64)
5. TWO RINGS FOR DANGER (10 Feb 64)
6. DEATH IS A BLACK CAMEL (17 Feb 64)
7. THE SECRET ASSASSIN (24 Feb 64)
8. A MOUTHFUL OF ASHES (2 Mar 64)
9. RECOIL (9 Mar 64)
10. GYPSY’S WARNING (16 Mar 64)
11. KNIFE IN THE DARK (23 Mar 64)
12. MURDER IS WAITING (30 mar 64)
13. MAN WITHOUT A PAST (15 Jun 64)

SEASON THREE 26 October 1964 – 25 January 1965
1. DEATH IS A CLOSED DOOR (26 Oct 64)
2. T.N.T. (2 Nov 64)
3. THE THIRD BULLET (9 Nov 64)
4. A DANGER TO OTHERS (23 Nov 64)
5. DEATH WALKS BESIDE ME (30 Nov 64)
6. THE MAN WITH BIG FEET (7 Dec 64)
7. IN TRUST FIND TREASON (14 Dec 64)
8. THE PAINTED LADY (21 Dec 64)
9. MOVING TARGET (28 Dec 64)
10. A CARGO OF CORNFLOUR (4 Jan 65)
11. A VIOLENT ANIMAL (11 Jan 65)
12. THE DEATH OF KARALOFF (18 Jan 65)
13. THE MAN IN THE GOLD WAISTCOAT (25 Jan 65)

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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

crew details
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

crew details
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

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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