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Donati Conspiracy, The (BBC-1 1973 with Anthony Valentine and Michael Aldridge)

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UK / BBC One / 3×50 minute episodes / Broadcast 14-28 September 1973

Writer: John Gould / Script Editor: Simon Masters / Production Design: David Spode / Producer: Morris Barry / Director: Vere Lorrimer

Drama serial set in a 1970’s where Britain is ruled by a tough East German-ish regime; Where freedom of speech is non-existent and curfews, heavy handed policing and the revival of the death penalty are a fact of life.

When the three parter opens Robert Sadler is on trial for committing an act of terrorism on a reservoir that may have been pumping tranquillising drugs into the water supply of “ordinary, decent” citizens. With Sadler sentenced to death, high ranking government security official Paul Frederick uses the case to try and uncover the ringleaders of the terrorist organisation that Sadler belongs to.

The title refers to Michael Donati, professor and something of a figurehead for the anti-government movement. He is a former close friend and former tutor of Frederick’s and his disabled wife Jane as well as tutor to Sadler. Frederick himself is convinced that Donati is the key to unlocking the terrorist conspiracy.

Despite obviously being set in the slight future (there are a few sci-fi nods such as sliding doors and shiny intercoms) it is still very much clearly the 1970s. Almost like a parallel dimension Britain actually.

Two years later there was a sequel of sorts called State of Emergency. This featured Britain almost on the brink of civil war and some different players in the main roles with Patrick Mower taking the lead as Frederick and Michael Gwynn as Donati. Author John Gould who had a promising career ahead of him sadly died, of cancer, before the scripts for State of Emergency were finished. Hugh Whitemore added the finishing touches.

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Anthony Valentine as Paul Frederick
Michael Aldridge as Donati
Janet Key as Jane
Richard Beckinsale as Robert Sadler
Windsor Davies as Mr Sadler
Mary Tamm as Sally
Anthony Woodruff as Minister
Ian Gelder as Dent
James Bree as Detective Chief Inspector Sandman
Jonathan Adams as Detective Sergeant Cole
James Copeland as Father Superior
Richard Simpson as Doctor Murphy
Donald Gray as Father Conrad

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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

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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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