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Dear John (BBC-1 1986-1987, Ralph Bates, Belinda Lang)

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In Sitcom Dear John divorced schoolteacher John Lacey joins the 1-2-1 encounter group where he meets a motley collection of characters. John’s estranged wife is the overbearing Wendy and the couple have a you son Toby (played by real life son of star Ralph Bates).

John is struggling to cope with the single life in his bedsit (still paying the mortgage on the family home too) and thinks the 1-2-1 group would help him – he’s wrong of course!

Fellow members of the group include:
Kate (Belinda Lang), a three-time divorcee who has problems maintaining relationships
Kirk St Moritz (Peter Blake), a flamboyant and boastful man who favours white suits and “gold” jewellery
Ralph (Peter Denyer), a rather slow-witted, geeky character
Sylvia (Lucinda Curtis), a nervous divorcee with an irritating laugh
The club is run by Louise (Rachel Bell), a divorcee who seems to be obsessed with other people’s sex lives (“Were there any sexual problems?”).

Remade for the US where like The Office it notched many more episodes than it’s UK parent.

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UK / BBC One / 13×30 minute episodes 1×45 minute episodes / Broadcast 17 February 1986 – 21 December 1987

Writer: John Sullivan / Producer: Ray Butt / Theme sung by Paul Nicholas

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RALPH BATES as John Lacey
BELINDA LANG as Kate
PETER BLAKE as Kirk St Moritz
PETER DENYER as Ralph Dring
RACHEL BELL as Louise Williams
JEAN CHALLIS as Mrs Arnott
IRENE PRADOR as Mrs Lemenski
LUCINDA CURTIS as Sylvia Watkins
KEVIN LLOYD as Ricky Fortune (1987)
WENDY ALLNUT as Wendy

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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

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 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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