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Deuce, The (HBO 2017, James Franco, Maggie Gyllenhaal)

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Created by the makers of The Wire and boasting a fine ensemble cast, The Deuce chronicles the rise of the porn industry that began in New York City in 1971-72, driven by a politically motivated effort to “clean up” Times Square by driving pimps and prostitutes off the street and forcing them indoors – and the gradual legalization of porn.

Over the course of eight episodes, this gritty series takes an up-close look at a colourful world of sex, crime, high times and sudden violence, as the porn business begins its climb to legitimacy, cultural permanence – and billion-dollar profitability.

Seizing the chance to cash in on the flourishing porn business (and sometimes being consumed by it) are a vivid assortment of characters, including: Vincent Martino (James Franco), a bartender with vision and connections; Frankie Martino (Franco again), Vincent’s identical twin and a dangerously freewheeling counterpart to his entrepreneurial brother; and Candy (Maggie Gyllenhaal), a self-made, on-the-street sex worker eying a new career in porn filmmaking.

Joining them are pimps C.C. and Larry Brown; young prostitutes Darlene and Lori; midtown cop Chris Alston; mob capo Rudy Pipilo; disillusioned college student Abby Parker and more.

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James Franco as Frankie Martino / Vincent Martino
Maggie Gyllenhaal as Eileen ‘Candy’ Merrell
Gary Carr as None
Margarita Levieva as Abigail ‘Abby’ Parker
Lawrence Gilliard Jr as Chris Alston
Dominique Fishback as Darlene
Emily Meade as Lori
Gbenga Akinnagbe as Larry Brown
Emmanuel Akoto as Actor
Chris Bauer as Bobby Dwyer
Chris Coy as Paul Hendrickson
John Druzba as Business Man
Kayla Foster as Barbara
Anwan Glover as Leon
Don Harvey as Danny Flanagan
Method Man as Rodney
Natalie Paul as Sandra Washington
Michael Rispoli as Rudy Pipilo
Daniel Sauli as Tommy Longo
Kim Director as Shay
Olivia Luccardi as Melissa

crew details
Creators: George Pelecanos, David Simon
Executive Producers: James Franco, Nina Kostroff-Noble, George Pelecanos, Richard Price, David Simon, Michelle MacLaren
Producers: Maggie Gyllenhaal, Marc Henry Johnson, Dara Schnapper

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Country: USA
Network: HBO – Blown Deadline
Duration: 60 minutes
Aired From: 10 September 2017

THE EPISODES
SEASON ONE 10 September 2017 –
1. PILOT (10 Sep 17)
2. SHOW AND PROVE (17 Sep 17)
3. THE PRINCIPLE IS ALL (24 Sep 17)
4. I SEE MONEY (1 Oct 17)
5. WHAT KIND OF BAD? (8 Oct 17)

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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

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 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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