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Curtain of Fear (BBC-2 1964, Colette Wilde, George Baker)

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Thriller serial Curtain of Fear was cut from the same cloth as the hugely popular Francis Durbridge Presents thrillers but with an extra helping of espionage for good measure. The plot centered around Clare Linton whose ability to recall entire conversations whilst under hypnosis lead her and her brother to get mixed up with dangerous spies.

Original publicity material from the Radio Times… A new thriller serial by Victor Canning with John Breslin and Colette Wilde: Take a London night club. Add an unusual cabaret turn, “Miss Memory” – lovely Clare Linton, who when her brother has hypnotised her goes into a state of total recall, able to remember everything she ever heard. Add, too, a Russian with secrets to sell, a British agent eager to buy, and a third man with a sinister interest in both. Mix all together, and you have the makings of an exciting new thriller serial, Curtain Of Fear, by Victor Canning: screenwriter, best-selling novelist, and author of the much-praised recent BBC-2 serial The Midnight Men.

Produced and directed by Gerald Blake, who was one of the directors of the first series of Doctor Finlay’s Casebook and has since directed many Compact episodes, Curtain Of Fear has a strong cast. It includes William Franklyn as Hans Liebert – he was last seen on BBC Television in No Cloak, No Dagger – with Colette Wilde as Clare Linton and John Breslin as her brother, Peter. George Baker, who recently played the dual role of King Rudolph and Rudolf Rassendyll in Rupert Of Hentzau, appears as Clare’s fiancé, surgeon Stewart Caxton.

In tonight’s first episode, the story begins at London Airport and moves swiftly to Whitehall, to an Iron Curtain Embassy and to the Scorpio Room – where Clare and Peter Linton unwittingly become the focus of a drama of espionage and counter-espionage, bluff and double-dealing. A vital code message is at stake, and a man is murdered for it before the evening is out. But it is Clare who, without even knowing it, holds the key in her extraordinary memory; a key which only her brother can unlock through hypnosis. As she says: “It’s a bit frightening, sometimes, as though there were two Clare Lintons – two strangers in the same body”. And soon, she has good reason to be frightened.

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UK / BBC-2 / 6×30 minute episodes / Broadcast 28 October – 2 December 1964

Writer: Victor Canning / Music: Dudley Simpson and The Mick Barker Quartet / Producer and Director: Gerald Blake.

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Colette Wilde as Clare Linton
George Baker as Stewart Caxton
John Breslin as Peter Linton
William Franklyn as Hans Liebert
John Harvey as Colonel Powell
George Pravda as Tannikov
Jan Holden as Helen Tovey

THE EPISODES
1. THE RASSILOV CODE
2. THE LIEBERT QUESTION
3. THE TANNIKOV DILEMMA
4. THE LINTON COMPACT
5. THE SHAND SOLUTION
6. THE REGAN RESOLUTION

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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

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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