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Dear Ladies (BBC-2 1983-1984, George Logan, Patrick Fyffe)

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Sitcom Dear Ladies detailed episodes in the lives of Dr Evadne Hinge and Dame Hilda in the “genteel” village of Stackton Tressel in Suffolk. Hinge and Bracket were in fact played by a pair of cross dressing men.

George Logan as the Dr and Patrick Fyffe as the Dame, are excellent and totally realistic in their mannerisms and funny little ways. Admittedly, they are not overly good looking women but they do fit into that whole, definitely English, music hall tradition.

In the great scheme of things not a great deal actually happens, Dr Evadne and Dame Hilda might head into town to try something they have never tried before for example, but the dialogue is very sharp, full of lots of double entendres and plenty of good old fashioned slapstick, not to mention the odd piano recitial.

In the late seventies and early eighties the duo were hugely popular and apparently met whilst both working in cabaret and Fyffe found himself without a partner one night.

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UK / BBC Two / 20×30 minute episodes 1×40 minute episodes / Broadcast 15 March 1983 – 16 December 1984

Creators: Patrick Fyffe, George Logan / Writers: George Logan, Patrick Fyffe, Gyles Brandreth / Theme Music: Patrick Fyffe and George Logan / Music: John Golland / Producer: Peter Ridsdale Scott / Director: Mike Stephens

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GEORGE LOGAN as Dr Evadne Hinge
PATRICK FYFFE as Dame Hilda Bracket

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Clochmerle (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 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

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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 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

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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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