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Dawson’s Weekly (ITV 1975 with Les Dawson and Roy Barraclough)

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UK / ITV – Yorkshire / 7×30 minute episodes / Broadcast 12 June – 29 July 1975

Writers: Ray Galton, Alan Simpson / Producer and Director: Vernon Lawrence

Back in 1974 the incomparable Ray Galton and Alan Simpson (that writing duo who had met in a TB clinic and gone on to create Hancock’s Half Hour and Steptoe and Son) teamed up with the rising Les Dawson for a one off comedy called Holiday With Strings about the package holiday from hell, spotting the potential of Dawson’s northern gurning style the trio teamed up for a complete series the following year, the result was Dawson’s Weekly.

The seven episodes are all stand alone comedies, each running about 25 minutes. Apparently the guys came up with the title as a play on the trading paper Dalton’s Weekly. Dawson is a real Hancock of a character, anti-authoritarian and mostly impatient but he suits it well. He’s a great comedian but he is also an actor of some death, Dawson was something of a renaiisance man actually, gifted pianist (even though he poked fun at his skills) and novelist too.

The series is pretty funny and see Les ranging from being a resting actor (Stage-Struck), a child minder (the clerical error) as well as finding himself on a sleeper train to Scotland (Strangers in the Night), looking to inherit on a will (where there’s a will) amd waiting to see if has won the pools (All Pools Day). All included in the set is the Holidays With Strings half hour. Roy Barraclough, a long time Dawson collaborator, appears in most of these along with the likes of 1970’s comedy stalwarts like Patricia Hayes, Josephine Tewson and Terence Alexander. There also guest roles for the brilliant John Bird and singer Kenny Lynch.

Incidentally a couple of the stories here were remade for the 1997 series Paul Merton in Galton and Simpsons…

THE EPISODES 12 June – 31 July 1975
1. LES MISERABLES
2. WHERE THERE’S A WILL
3. STAGE-STRUCK
4. ACCIDENT PRONE
5. ALL POOLS DAY
6. THE CLERICAL ERROR
7. STRANGERS IN THE NIGHT

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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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Christmas Reunion, A (Lifetime 2015, Catherine Hicks, Denise Richards)

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A Christmas Reunion Lifetime

In A Christmas Reunion a Madison Avenue executive, Amy, discovers an unusual Christmas surprise when she inherits her Aunt’s hometown bakery. The real surprise comes when she learns the other half of the bakery was left to her long-ago boyfriend, Jack.

Unresolved personal issues resurface between them, as the exes return home to co-manage the store, along with its traditional holiday cookie bake-off.

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Denise Richards as Amy Stone
Patrick Muldoon as Jack Evans
Jake Busey as Dylan Carruthers
Catherine Hicks as Aunt Linda
Parker Stevenson as Don Dupree
Patricia De Leon as Janette Crowder
Jon Briddell as Luke Crowder
Robert R. Shafer as Frank O’Brien
Anna Barnholtz as Chloe
John Colton as Steve Evans
Sandra Evans as Shari
Brody Fitzgerald as Young Jack Evans
Michael Gaglio as Earl Pratt, Sr.
Gib Gerard as Earl Pratt, Jr.
Joyce Greenleaf as Helen

crew details
Director: Sean Olson
Writers: Margaret Base, Mary Glenn, Sam Irvin, Sean Olson, Peter Sullivan, Michael Varrat

production details
Country: USA
Network and Production Companies: Lifetime – Hybrid
Duration: 1×120 minute episode
Aired From: 13 December 2015

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Final Vision (ID 2017, Scott Foley, Dave Annable)

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Final Vision is a twisted psychological thriller and a true-crime drama based on the longest running criminal case in U.S. history. It’s the story of Jeffrey MacDonald (Foley), a handsome, Ivy League-educated U.S. Army Green Beret doctor, who was convicted of brutally murdering his pregnant wife and two young daughters in the middle of the night.

Told through the eyes of best-selling author Joe McGinniss (Annable), who was approached by MacDonald to write a book about his personal nightmare as he was about to go to trial.

cast
Scott Foley as Jeffrey MacDonald
Dave Annable as Joe McGinniss
John Doman as Bernie Segal
Lochlyn Munro as Wade Smith
Jessica Harmon as Colette MacDonald
Caroline Aaron as Leslie Sterling
Primo Allon as MP Sergeant
Julia Maren Baker as Kimberly MacDonald
Julia Benson as Nancy McGinniss
Baylee Breen-Wood as Kristen MacDonald
April Cameron as Nurse at St. Mary’s
Aaron Craven as James Blackburn
Bruce Dawson as Doctor
Parveen Dosanjh as Woman at Party
Lane Edwards as Brian Murtagh

crew details
Writer: Denis O’Neill
Director:  Nicholas McCarthy
Executive Producers: Angela Bromstad, Christine Connor, Linda Berman S

production details
Country:  USA
Network and Production Companies: ID – Lincoln Square Productions
Duration: 1×120 minute episode
Aired From:  Sunday 10 December 2017

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