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Diamond Geezer (ITV 2005-2007, David Jason, Paul Bown)

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In first episode (screened as a one off two years before the series proper) favourite David Jason starred as “Diamond Geezer” Des, a long-serving prison inmate who tries to lure petty thief Phil into joining him on his new scam: stealing diamonds from prison bully and fellow inmate Benny (Gary Whelan). Having established himself as a trustworthy old man within the prison walls, Des then sets about executing his plan with the help of his new recruit.

A series of three feature length episodes followed in 2007.
Episode one saw Des break into seemingly impenetrable Buckingham Palace to steal a large diamond before it is handed over to the Indian Government.

In episode two, Des attempted to relieve a large financial institution of a vast amount of money after they’ve plundered innocent people’s pension funds.

In episode three, Des planned to steal £8 million pounds of Russian gold for the families of Russian and British secret agents who have been killed. Despite Des’ good intentions, will his wrong doings finally catch up with him?

George Cole, Jenny Agutter, Don Warrington, Simon Williams, Jan Francis and Paul Freeman were amongst the guest stars.

Taking on different roles in the series really appealed to Jason too: “It goes back into my days in theatre. I started as the character or comedy man. I was never the actor who got the girl, or played the good looking leading man. I was always the funny little bloke – anything that you can name, I got the part. It meant that every week I would have to play a completely different character, which I loved because that’s what being an actor’s about. When this came up I saw it as an opportunity to go back to my roots.”

Trivia: David Jason’s real name is David White, but chose Jason as acting organisation Equity already had a member called David White.

In 2006, Jason topped a poll of TV’s Greatest Stars, as voted for by the general public.

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UK / ITV – Granada – Yorkshire / 1×100 minute episode 3×75 minute episodes / Broadcast 20 March 2005 and 9 April – 23 April 2007

Creator: Caleb Ranson / Music: Ray Russell / Executive Producers: David Reynolds, David Jason / Producer: David Reynolds

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David Jason as Des
Stephen Wright as Phil
Paul Bown as Guv’nor
Des McAleer as Martins
Gary Whelan as Benny
Richard Vanstone as Winters
Andrew Grainger as Roberts

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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

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

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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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