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Daktari (CBS 1966-1969, Marshall Thompson, Cheryl Miller)

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Daktari is the Swahili word for ‘doctor,’ and if you’re guessing this CBS show has something to do with a doctor in Africa, then you’re due for an ‘A+’ in deductive reasoning. The doctor in question was a certain Dr. Marsh Tracy, an American working as a veterinarian and a conservationist at the Wameru Study Center for Animal Behavior in Africa. Working with him at the center were his daughter Paula and another American, Jack Dane. Mike was a native who also helped Dr. Tracy.

The show’s stories usually had Dr. Marsh and his assistants dealing with the natives, treating animals and bringing poachers to justice. For the latter task, Dr. Marsh usually worked with Hedley, a British game warden, who frequently asked for the doctor’s help. Jack left the show in 1968 and was replaced by Bart Jason, a camera-safari guide who was once a ranger. Another 1968 addition to the show was Jenny Jones, a young orphan taken in by Dr. Tracy.

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Those were the men and women who got their names on the screen every week, but two of the most popular cast members weren’t even human: Judy the chimp and Clarence the lion, both of whom were pets belonging to Dr. Tracy and Paula. In fact, Clarence may very well have felt snubbed by the show’s title, since Daktari sprang from the 1965 feature film Clarence the Cross-Eyed Lion. Thankfully, Clarence didn’t exact his revenge by eating anyone, and Daktari was able to stay on the air for three seasons. The show was filmed in a Los Angeles Safari Park.

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USA / CBS – MGM – Ivan Tors / 89×50 minute episodes / Broadcast 11 January 1966 – 15 January 1969

Creator/Executive Producer: Ivan Tors / Producer: Leonard Kaufman

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MARSHALL THOMPSON as Dr Marsh Tracy
CHERYL MILLER as Paula Tracy
YALE SUMMERS as Jack Dane
HEDLEY MATTINGLY as Hedley
HARI RHODES as Mike Makula
ROSS HAGEN as Bart Jason
ERIN MORAN as Jenny Jones

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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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