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Doomwatch (BBC-1 1970-1972 with John Paul and Simon Oates)

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UK / BBC One / 37×50 minute episodes / Broadcast 9 February 1970 – 14 August 1972

Creators: Kit Pedlar,Gerry Davis / Music: Max Harris / Titles: Alan Jeapes / Script Editors: Gerry Davis(Seasons 1-2), Anna Kaliski (Season 3) / Producer: Terence Dudley

Scifi drama series. The Government sets up a special department to counteract unwanted scientific development. One episode made for season three has never been show (but still exists) called Sex and Violence, the show included footage of a real military execution and was deemed too sensitive.

The series was very popular and made a star of Robert Powell (and created a massive stir when he was killed off) and was very on the money in terms of what was going on in the world (and things that would come to be too). Because of the topical angle quite a few extra scripts were commissioned for the first two seasons but were never used. The series is another one of those BBC shows that has suffered the loss of many episodes thanks to the BBC’s policy at the time of either recording over videotapes or simply throwing them out.

In 1972 Tigon pictures made a movie based on the series, this was also called Doomwatch but sadly the regular cast only had relatively small roles, the leads being taken by Ian Bannen and Judy Geeson. Then somewhat surprisingly in 1999 Channel 5 revived the format for a two hour tv movie starring Philip Stone and Trevor Eve. A hoped for series never materialised.

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JOHN PAUL as Dr Spencer Quist
SIMON OATES as Dr John Ridge
ROBERT POWELL as Toby Wren (1970)
JOBY BLANSHARD as Colin Bradley
WENDY HALL as Pat Hunniset
VIVIEN SHEPHERD as Barbara Mason
JOHN NOLAN as Geoff Hardcastle
JEAN TREND as Dr Fay Chantry

THE EPISODES
SEASON ONE 9 February – 11 May 1970
1. THE PLASTIC EATERS
2. FRIDAY’S CHILD
3. BURIAL AT SEA
4. TOMORROW, THE RAT
5. PROJECT SAHARA
6. RE-ENTRY FORBIDDEN
7. THE DEVIL’S SWEETS
8. THE RED SKY
9. SPECTRE AT THE FEAST
10. TRAIN AND DE-TRAIN
11. THE BATTERY PEOPLE
12. HEAR NO EVIL
13. SURVIVAL CODE

SEASON TWO 14 December 1970 – 22 March 1971
1. YOU KILLED TOBY WREN
2. INVASION
3. THE ISLANDERS
4. NO ROOM FOR ERROR
5. BY THE PRICKING OF MY THUMBS
6. THE IRON DOCTOR
7. FLIGHT INTO YESTERDAY
8. THE WEB OF FEAR
9. IN THE DARK
10. THE HUMAN TIME BOMB
11. THE INQUEST
12. THE LOGICIANS
13. PUBLIC ENEMY
SEASON THREE 5 June – 14 August 1972
1. FIRE AND BRIMSTONE
2. HIGH MOUNTAIN
3. SAY KNIFE, FAT MAN
4. SEX AND VIOLENCE (NEVER TRANSMITTED)
5. WAITING FOR A KNIGHTHOOD
6. WITHOUT THE BOMB
7. HAIR TRIGGER
8. DEADLY DANGEROUS TOMORROW
9. ENQUIRY
10. FLOOD
11. CAUSE OF DEATH
12. THE KILLER DOLPHINS

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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

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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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