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Diary of Anne Frank, The (BBC-1 2009, Ellie Kendrick, Iain Glen)

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This five part dramatisation of Anne Frank’s poignant memoir was stripped across the week.

It is June 1942 and Amsterdam is under Nazi occupation in this BBC dramatisation by Deborah Moggach of The Diary Of Anne Frank. Anne, a Jewish girl, is celebrating her 13th birthday with her family and friends. Among her birthday presents, she is given a diary in which she starts to write immediately. Days later, call-up papers arrive for her 16-year-old sister, Margot, prompting her parents, Otto and Edith, to hasten their plan to go into hiding from the Nazis.

The family move into a secret annex at the back of Otto Franks’s workplace. The Franks’s helpers, Mr Kleiman, Mr Kugler, Bep and Miep, are the only people to know of their location and they risk their own lives to help them survive.

The Franks are soon joined by another family, Mr and Mrs Van Daan, and their teenage son, Peter. Anne doesn’t think much of Peter but decides she must try and be pleasant to him to keep the peace. She writes more and more in her birthday diary, detailing life in the annex and her feelings about her companions.

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UK / BBC One / 5×30 minute episodes / Broadcast Monday 5 – Friday 9 January weeknights at 7.00pm

Writer: Deborah Moggach / Script Supervisor: Tess Malone / Music: Charlie Mole / Director of photography: Ian Moss / Art director: Sophia Stapleton / Production Design: Luana Hanson / Executive producer: John Smithson / Producer: Elinor Day / Director: Jon Jones

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Ellie Kendrick as Anne Frank
Kate Ashfield as Miep Gies
Ron Cook as Hermann Van Daan
Geoff Breton as Petert Van Daan
Tim Dantay as Mr Kugler
Roger Frost as Mr Kleiman
Iain Glen as Otto Frank
Tamsin Greig as Edith Frank
Felicity Jones as Margot Frank
Lesley Sharp as Petronella Van Daan
Nicholas Farrell as Albert Dussel
Mariah Gale as Bep Voskuijl

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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

production details
Country: Canada
Network and Production Companies: UP
Duration: 1×120 minute episode
Aired From: Sunday 10 December 2017

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