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Don’t Wait Up (BBC-1 1983-1990, Nigel Havers, Tony Britton)

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Don’t Wait Up is one of those very popular sitcoms of the 1980’s that probably isn’t as well remembered as it should be. The series was written by the actor George Layton (who had been appearing for years in the Doctor series and played shifty mechanic Des in Minder) and starred the debonair duo of Nigel Havers and Tony Britton as a pair of father and son doctors who move in together after they both end up going through a divorce.

Havers is Dr Tom Latimer, a GP whose marriage to Helen has broken down in some acrimony, unfortunately his practice is attached to his old family home, cue the bricking up of doors and lots of privacy jokes; Britton is well to do Harley Street skin specialist Dr Toby Latimer whose own 30 year marriage to Angela (played by the lovely Dinah Sheridan) has hit a rocky patch. Toby moves in with Tom and before you can say Odd Couple the two are disagreeing on absolutely everything.

The show was Haver’s sitcom debut after his starring role in major hit movie Chariot’s of Fire and Layton knew all about the dramas of divorce having just been through one himself.

The character of Dr Charles Cartwright was played in the first two seasons by Richard Heffer before being taken over by Simon Williams.

Don't Wait Up

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UK / BBC One / 39×30 minute episodes / 25 October 1983 – 25 March 1990 six seasons

Writer: George Layton / Producer: Harold Snoad

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NIGEL HAVERS as Dr Tom Latimer
TONY BRITTON as Dr Toby Latimer
JANE HOW as Helen Latimer
DINAH SHERIDAN as Angela Latimer
SUSAN SKIPPER as Madlaine Forbes
RICHARD HEFFER as Dr Charles Cartwright (seasons 1-2)
SIMON WILLIAMS as Dr Charles Cartwright (seasons 3-6)
JANE BOOKER as Felicity Spicer-Gibbs

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Clochemerle (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 Clochemerle 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

crew details
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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