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Doc Martin (ITV 2004, Martin Clunes, Caroline Catz)

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Drama series Doc Martin follows Dr Martin Ellingham who quits his London job as a top-surgeon because he has developed a phobia of blood. He moves to a small Cornish village, Portwenn, to become a local GP where his straight-laced manner is at odds with the ways of the local characters and he has to learn to try and fit in.

The show has quietly become one of ITV’s most popular, the dynamic between Ellingham and the villagers is excellent but the real strength of the early series was the Doc’s relationship with school teacher Louisa, season three was mostly focused on a will they wont they story arc with the pair finally agreeing to tie the knot in the final episode of the season only for Martin to call things off at the very last possible moment.

Season four opened with Louisa up in London and a new Doctor arriving on the scene in the shape of Dr Edith Montgomery however very quickly Louisa returns and pregnant into the bargain, she is determined not to get back together with Martin and decides to move into a room above the pub. Meanwhile Martin is getting somewhat tired of life in Portwenn and is contemplating a move back to London.

The series is credited as arising from the film “Saving Grace” which was released in 2000 in which Martin Clunes also starred although there were several plot differences including the character’s surname which was Dr Martin Bamford, his character was only a supporting one too. Clunes subsequently made two further films “Doc Martin”, and “Doc Martin and the Legend of the Cloutie” as the same character giving some background on the Doc’s migration to Cornwall. These films were shown on Sky TV.

The village of Portwenn is in reality Port Isaac, Cornwall and a bit of trivia is that the Doc’s surname Ellingham is an anagram of series creator Dominic Minghella’s surname!

Doc Martin

Martin Clunes and Caroline Catz.

production details
UK / ITV-1-Buffalo Productions-Home Run Productions / 29x60minute episodes 1×90 minute episode / Broadcast 2 September 2004 – 8 November 2009

Creator: Dominic Minghella / Music: Colin Towns / Executive Producer: Mark Crowdy / Producer: Philippa Braithwaite

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MARTIN CLUNES as Dr Martin Ellingham
CAROLINE CATZ as Louisa Glasson
KATHERINE PARKINSON as Pauline Lamb
STEPHANIE COLE as Joan Norton
LUCY PUNCH as Elaine Denham (2004)
IAN McNEICE as Bert Large
JOE ANSOLOM as Al Large
STEWART WRIGHT as PC Mark Mylow (2004-2006)
SELINA CADELL as Sally Tishell
JOHN MARQUEZ as Pc Joe Penhale (2007-continuing)
LIA WILLIAMS as Dr Edith Montgomery (2009)
ANGELINE BALL as Julie Mitchell (2005-2006)
FELICITY MONTAGU as Caroline Bosman (2004-2005)
TRISTAN STURROCK as Danny Steel (2005-2006)
JOSEPH MORGAN as Mick Mabley (2007)

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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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Christmas Reunion, A (Lifetime 2015, Catherine Hicks, Denise Richards)

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A Christmas Reunion Lifetime

In A Christmas Reunion a Madison Avenue executive, Amy, discovers an unusual Christmas surprise when she inherits her Aunt’s hometown bakery. The real surprise comes when she learns the other half of the bakery was left to her long-ago boyfriend, Jack.

Unresolved personal issues resurface between them, as the exes return home to co-manage the store, along with its traditional holiday cookie bake-off.

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Denise Richards as Amy Stone
Patrick Muldoon as Jack Evans
Jake Busey as Dylan Carruthers
Catherine Hicks as Aunt Linda
Parker Stevenson as Don Dupree
Patricia De Leon as Janette Crowder
Jon Briddell as Luke Crowder
Robert R. Shafer as Frank O’Brien
Anna Barnholtz as Chloe
John Colton as Steve Evans
Sandra Evans as Shari
Brody Fitzgerald as Young Jack Evans
Michael Gaglio as Earl Pratt, Sr.
Gib Gerard as Earl Pratt, Jr.
Joyce Greenleaf as Helen

crew details
Director: Sean Olson
Writers: Margaret Base, Mary Glenn, Sam Irvin, Sean Olson, Peter Sullivan, Michael Varrat

production details
Country: USA
Network and Production Companies: Lifetime – Hybrid
Duration: 1×120 minute episode
Aired From: 13 December 2015

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Final Vision (ID 2017, Scott Foley, Dave Annable)

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Final Vision is a twisted psychological thriller and a true-crime drama based on the longest running criminal case in U.S. history. It’s the story of Jeffrey MacDonald (Foley), a handsome, Ivy League-educated U.S. Army Green Beret doctor, who was convicted of brutally murdering his pregnant wife and two young daughters in the middle of the night.

Told through the eyes of best-selling author Joe McGinniss (Annable), who was approached by MacDonald to write a book about his personal nightmare as he was about to go to trial.

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Scott Foley as Jeffrey MacDonald
Dave Annable as Joe McGinniss
John Doman as Bernie Segal
Lochlyn Munro as Wade Smith
Jessica Harmon as Colette MacDonald
Caroline Aaron as Leslie Sterling
Primo Allon as MP Sergeant
Julia Maren Baker as Kimberly MacDonald
Julia Benson as Nancy McGinniss
Baylee Breen-Wood as Kristen MacDonald
April Cameron as Nurse at St. Mary’s
Aaron Craven as James Blackburn
Bruce Dawson as Doctor
Parveen Dosanjh as Woman at Party
Lane Edwards as Brian Murtagh

crew details
Writer: Denis O’Neill
Director:  Nicholas McCarthy
Executive Producers: Angela Bromstad, Christine Connor, Linda Berman S

production details
Country:  USA
Network and Production Companies: ID – Lincoln Square Productions
Duration: 1×120 minute episode
Aired From:  Sunday 10 December 2017

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