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Dark Skies (NBC 1996-1997 with Eric Close and Megan Ward)

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Scifi drama series Dark Skies took us back to the sixties for an alternate history lesson. In the early 1960’s John Loengard and Kimberly Sayers discover that an Earth takeover by aliens called The Hive is under way; A government agency, led by Frank Bach and called Majestic-12, has been set up to to try and counter the alien threat. The alien invasion had begun in 1947 (with the notorious Roswell crash).

Most of the action was centered around actual events of the 1960’s (death of Kennedy, Beatles conquering America etc). The cancelled after one season show was intended to obviously carry on and subsequent seasons would have continued the action through the 1970’s, 1980’s etc.

“Dark Skies isn’t just a TV series; it’s a blend of fact, informed speculation and dramatic license,” says Bryce Zabel, the co-creator and executive producer. “The series premise is simply this: our future’s happening in our past.”

“This is being presented as alternative history,” says executive producer James D. Parriott.”Everyone has their favorite conspiracies, but we will challenge and expand on those by building a framework that adds consistency to the alien-awareness theories.”

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USA / NBC – Columbia – Bryce Zybel / 1×120 minute episode 18×60 minute episodes / Broadcast 1996-97

Creators: Bryce Zabel, Brent V. Friedman / Alien Effects: Todd Masters Co. / Executive Producers: Bryce Zabel, James D. Parriott

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ERIC CLOSE as John Loenguard
MEGAN WARD as Kimberly Sayers
J.T. WALSH as Capt Frank Bach
JERI LYNN RYAN as Juliet (1997)
CHARLEY LANG as Dr Charlie Halligan
CONOR O’FARRELL as Phil Albano
TIM KELLEHER as Jim Steele

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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

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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