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Crown, The (Netflix 2016, Claire Foy, Matt Smith)

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The Crown, the first Netflix UK commission, focuses on Queen Elizabeth II as a 25-year-old newlywed faced with the daunting prospect of leading the world’s most famous monarchy while forging a relationship with legendary Prime Minister, Sir Winston Churchill.

The British Empire is in decline, the political world is in disarray, and a young woman takes the throne….a new era is dawning. Peter Morgan’s masterfully researched scripts reveal the Queen’s private journey behind the public facade with daring frankness.

Morgan who created the series and wrote all of the first season episodes is no stranger to the subject having written the 2006 film The Queen and the 2013 stage play The Audience, both of which were about Queen Elizabeth.

This ten parter is beautifully filmed and looks superb. Thanks in no small part to the extensive budget Netflix provided. Claire Foy and Matt Smith are excellent in the leads but the cast as a whole is top notch.

A second season is already in production.

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UK – USA / Netflix – Left Bank Pictures / 10×55-60 minute episodes / Released on 4 November 2016

Creator: Peter Morgan / Executive Producers: Stephen Daldry, Peter Morgan

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Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth II
Matt Smith as Prince Philip
Vanessa Kirby as Princess Margaret
Eileen Atkins as Queen Mary
Jeremy Northam as Anthony Eden
Victoria Hamilton as Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother
Ben Miles as Peter Townsend
Greg Wise as Lord Louis Mountbatten
Jared Harris as King George VI
John Lithgow as Winston Churchill
Stephen Dillane as Graham Sutherland
Andy Sanderson as Prince Henry
Michael Culkin as Rab Butler
Nicholas Rowe as Jock Colville
Rita McDonald Damper as Princess Marina
Amir Boutrous as Gamal Abdel Nasser
Harriet Walter as Clementine Churchill
Alex Jennings as Prince Edward
Rosalind Knight as Princess Alice
Paul Sheridan as Eden’s Aide
David Shields as Colin Tennant

THE EPISODES
1. WOLFERTON SPLASH
2. HYDE PARK CORNER
3. WINDSOR
4. ACT OF GOD
5. SMOKE AND MIRRORS
6. GELIGNITE
7. SCIENTIA POTENTIA EST
8. PRIDE AND JOY
9. ASSASSINS
10. GLORIANA

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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

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

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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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