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Doctor In The House (ITV 1969-1970, Barry Evans, George Layton)

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Having already been a hugely popular series of books (by Richard Gordon) and an equally popular Dirk Bogarde starring series of films “The Doctor” series arrived on ITV in 1969 and became just as popular as the books and movies. The various spin-offs of this show ran through much of the next decade.

This first series, Doctor in the House, focused on a group of young medical students, led by Michael Upton, Duncan Waring and Dick Stuart-Clark, as they trained to become doctors at St Swithins teaching hospital.

This first series ran to 26 episodes and featured scripts from the likes of John Cleese & Graham Chapman (the pair wrote the first episode in fact), Bill Oddie & Graeme Garden (This duo wrote most of the scripts in the first season and all of them in the second).

There were two short excerpts produced as part of the annual ITV All Star Comedy Carnivals, the first broadcast Christmas Day 1969 and the second Christmas Day 1970.

The follow up to this series was Doctor at Large focusing on Michael Upton after he had successfully qualified as a doctor (there was plenty of input from the rest of the team though).

The full run down on the series is
1. Doctor in the House
2. Doctor at Large
3. Doctor in Charge
4. Doctor at Sea
5. Doctor on the Go
6. Doctor Down Under
7. Doctor At The Top

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UK / ITV – London Weekend Television / 26×30 minute episodes / Broadcast 11 July 1969 – 3 July 1970

Creator: Frank Muir / Book: Richard Gordon / Producer: Humphrey Barclay

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Barry Evans as Michael Upton
Robin Nedwell as Duncan Waring
Geoffrey Davies as Dick Stuart-Clark
George Layton as Paul Collier
Ernest Clark as Professor Loftus
Ralph Michael as The Dean
Martin Shaw as Huw Evans
Jonathan Lynn as Danny Hooley

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Clochmerle (BBC-2 1972, Cyril Cusack, Roy Dotrice)

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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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