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Daniel Boone (NBC 1964-1970, Fess Parker, Albert Salmi)

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Fess Parker became an institution to television fans in the mid-50’s playing Davy Crockett on Disneyland. A decade later, he found even greater success with another show built around a frontiersman, Daniel Boone.

This long-running NBC series was loosely based upon the life of the real Daniel Boone, a pioneer and settler who was instrumental in the settling of the state of Kentucky. Parker starred as the title character, and the show depicted his exploits as he surveyed and explored new territory and had dealings both friendly and hostile with the Indians he met along the way. Boone’s family also came along for the ride—wife Rebecca, son Israel and daughter Jemima.

Daniel’s initial set of friends on the show included fellow pioneer Yadkin, an Indian named Mingo, and tavern-keeper Cincinnatus. Yadkin left the show after its first season and his absence was filled with another, younger pioneer, Jericho Jones. Not much later, Mingo left the show and was replaced with a black Indian character, Gideon. Other additions to the show included Gabe Cooper, a black man who escaped slavery to live with the Indians, and Josh Clements, a fur trapper.

Critics and teachers criticized Daniel Boone for its occasional historical gaffes (i.e.: one episode featuring President George Washington was followed by an episode depicting the Revolutionary War), but it was a hit with kids and Western buffs. It ran for six seasons on NBC before being cancelled in August of 1970. Star Parker also served the show in a production capacity: His Fespar Enterprises co-produced the series with 20th Century Fox Television.

Theme tune lyrics
“Daniel Boone was a man!
Yes, a big man!
With a dream of a country that’d
Always forever be free!”

production details
USA / NBC – Arcola – Fesspar – Fox / 165×50 minute episodes / Broadcast 24 September 1964 – 27 August 1970

Executive Producers: Aaron Spelling, Aaron Rosenberg / Theme Music: The Imperials

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Fess Parker as Daniel Boone
Patricia Blair as Patricia Blair
Veronica Cartwright as Jemima Boone
Darby Hinton as Israel Boone
Albert Salmi as Yadkin
Ed Ames as Mingo
Dallas McKennon as Cincinnatus
Jimmy Dean as Josh Clements
Roosevelt Grier as Gabe Cooper
Robert Coogan as Jericho Jones
Don Pedro Colley as Gideon
James Wainwright as Cully
Burl Ives as Prater Beasley

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Clochemerle (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 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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