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Dicte: Crime Reporter (TV2 2013, Iben Hjejle, Lærke Winther)

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In crime drama series Dicte, after she is divorced, crime reporter Dicte Svendsen decides to return with her teenage daughter to Aarhus, the town she grew up in. She very quickly finds that she can’t help getting a little too involved in the crimes she is reporting – in fact more often than not she is first on the scene! Dicte usually runs up against lead police investigator John Wagner (always just Wagner) and his partner Linda Bendtsen. Initially Wagner finds Dicte somewhat infuriating but by the second season there is a grudging respect there.

Dicte has a much lighter feel than many Nordic Noir series and is closer in tone to Midsomer Murders than The Killing for example. A big part of the charm of the series is the dynamic between the players. Besides the crime angle there is a strong emphasis on the personal. Dicte is a former Jehovah’s Witness who was forced to give up her baby son (which is why she left Aarhus in the first place) and the fall out from that plays across much of the first season. Ex husband Torsten is still very much on the scene but he ends up falling for Dicte’s best friend Anne. Meanwhile Dicte hereself begins a relationship with photographer Bo who also works on the paper.

In Denmark the stories are shown as two parters but elsewhere they are usually feature length.

Dicte Crime Reporter

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Iben Hjejle as Dicte Svendsen
Lærke Winther as Anne Skov Larsen
Dar Salim as Bo Skytte
Lars Ranthe as Torsten Svendsen
Emilie Kruse as Rose Svendsen
Lars Brygmann as John Wagner
Ditte Ylva Olsen as Linda Bendtsen
Peter Schrøder as Otto Kaiser
Ulrik Jeppesen as Christian Willadsen
Andrea Vagn Jensen as Louise Holm

crew details
Books: Elsebeth Egholm

production details
Country: Denmark
Network and Production Company: TV2 Denmark – Miso
Duration: 30×45 minutes
Aired From: 7 January 2013 – 24 October 2016

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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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