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Deputy, The (BBC-1 2003, Warren Clarke, Dervla Kirwan)

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The Deputy centres on the fictional life of Deputy Prime Minister, Bob Galway, played by Warren Clarke.

Surrounded by inefficient, highly-sexed private secretaries, a beleaguered Galway strives to protect his reputation, his career, and his conscience as he tries to outsmart his adversaries, especially the cunning and calculating Steven Sharples (Jack Dee) in the cut-throat world of Westminster.

The drama also sees Galway juggling his life and work in the House of Commons and in his constituency, from the nightmare of shuffling constituency business to parliamentary affairs and ministerial responsibilities.

The Deputy was the brainchild of producer Annie Tricklebank and writer Richard Stoneman, who served as David Mellor’s assistant private secretary between 1984 and 1986.

Mal Young, Executive Producer, said: “Politics, and politicians particularly, are very much back in the public eye. We all want to know what makes these people tick. The time feels right to look at what goes on behind the closed doors and corridors of power.”

Bob Galway is a man in need of sympathy. He has a steady stream of people constantly making life hard for him, including Steven Sharples, the self-seeking career politician; Terri Leonard, the Prime Minister’s astute and sharp-witted director of communications, played by Dervla Kirwan; and the Prime Minister herself who is away and seems to be returning everyone’s calls but Bob’s.

Behind the scenes, his all-knowing, all-seeing principal private secretary keeps him out of trouble whilst back at home his constituency agent and his radical thinking school-teacher wife help to keep his feet on the ground.

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UK / BBC One / 1×60 minute episode / Broadcast 23 February 2004

Writer: Richard Stoneman / Music: Mark Thomas, Paul Weller / Executive Producer: Mal Young / Producer: Ann Tricklebank / Director: Patrick Lau

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Warren Clarke as Bob Galway
Jack Dee as Stephen Sharples
Dervla Kirwan as Terri Leonard
Jaye Griffiths as Angela Platt
David Tennant as Christopher Williams
Ahsen Bhatti as Nickhall Gangwani
Georgina Rylance as Ella Grappy
Jeff Rawle as Graham Hammond
Philip McGinley as Karl Galway
Diane Keen as Hilary Galway
Lydia Baksh as Katey Wells
Sinead Jordan as Clare Wells
Lucia Pitsillides as Lola Wells
Aneirin Hughes as Alan Newberry

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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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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

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

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

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