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Cruel Train (BBC-2 1996, David Suchet, Minnie Driver)

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Based on La Bete Humaine, Emile Zola’s classic thriller of violent passions and sexual jealousy, Cruel Train is a stylish film noir set in Britain during the Blitz, starring David Suchet and Minnie Driver.

Suchet plays deputy station master Ruben Roberts in warn-torn Britain in the 1940s. Ruben vows revenge when he discovers that he owes everything – his job, his marriage and his home – to the sexual favors of his beautiful wife, Selena (Saskia Reeves).

She has been forced in to a relationship with her abusive godfather, the rich and powerful railway chairman Arthur Grandridge. Ruben’s jealous frenzy unleashes powerful passions which spiral out of control?

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UK / BBC Two / 1×100 minute episodes / Broadcast 22 December 1996

Writer and Director: Malcolm McKay / Novel: Emile Zola / Executive Producer: Chris Parr / Producer: Mervyn Gill-Dougherty

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David Suchet as Ruben Roberts
Minnie Driver as Flora
Adrian Dunbar as Jack Dando
Saskia Reeves as Selena Roberts
Alec McCowen as Superintendent Fish
Melanie Hill as Phyllis
Bryan Pringle as Maurice Mussell
Jonathan Moore as Sergeant Handy
Richard Ridings as Percy Cotton
Vivienne Burgess as Mrs Liddle
Gerard Horan as Colin Caine
Sheila Reid as Vera
Patrick Godfrey as Davidson
Steven Crossley as John Muster
Paul McKay as Henry Holloway
David Belcher as Arthur Grandridge
Gerry Hinks as Railway Policeman
Danny Davies as Air Raid Warden
Vincent Worth as Newsvendor
Louise Papillon as Waitress
Sean Connelly as Soldier
Derek Lewis as Assistant Station Master
Lee Broom as Messenger Boy

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Clochmerle (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 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

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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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