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Desmonds (Channel 4 1989-1994, Norman Beaton, Carmen Munroe)

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Sitcom detailing the exploits of Desmond Ambrose the West Indian proprietor of a barber shop in the heart of Peckham. Desmond’s was something of a gathering place for a motley crew of West Indian ‘philosophers’ like Porkpie (Ram John Holder).

Not a lot of haircutting goes on, but everyone gets together and has a good time putting the world to rights.

Desmond’s wife Shirley was also a regular and was usually on hand to rustle up something for the hungry customers to eat.

The series was deservedly very popular for Channel 4 and offered up a great chance for Norman Beaton to take centre stage.

There was a sequel called Porkpie spinning off on one of the main characters.

Desmonds

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UK / Channel 4 – Humphrey Barclay Productions / 70×30 minute episodes 1×60 minute episodes / Broadcast 5 January 1989 – 19 December 1994

Creator: Trix Worrell / Music: John Collins Lyrics by Trix Worrell and theme sung by Norman Beaton / Producer: Humphrey Barclay

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NORMAN BEATON as Desmond Ambrose
CARMEN MUNROE as Shirley Ambrose
RAM JOHN HOLDER as Porkpie
ROBBIE GEE as Lee
GYEARBOUR ASANTE as Matthew
KIM WALKER as Gloria Ambrose

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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

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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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