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Double Trouble (NBC 1984-1985, Jean Sagal, Liz Sagal)

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Right before shooting began for NBC’s Double Trouble, it was decided that Liz and Jean Sagal should switch parts. When the show aired, it was Liz who played Allison and Jean who played Kate. Of course, the Sagals are identical twins, so even if they’d changed characters in the middle of an episode, no one would have been the wiser.

Kate and Allie (not to be confused with Kate & Allie) were your typical television twins; that is, they were total opposites. Whereas Allie Foster was a studious and sensible high school student, Kate Foster was headstrong and impulsive. They both lived in Des Moines with their widowed father Art. Also on board was Art’s lady friend, Beth McConnell.

The series left the air in September of 1984, and when it returned three months later, the girls had somehow finished high school and were now living in New York City with their Aunt Margo, who wrote “Bongo Bear” children’s books. In the Big Apple, Kate pursued acting while Allison studied fashion design. Joining the cast were Allison’s pompous teacher, Mr. Arrechia, and comedy partners “The Funny Boys,” Charles Kincaid and Billy Batalano, two actors who also lived in Margo’s townhouse.

The new format didn’t save Double Trouble, however. The show was cancelled at the end of the 1984-85 season.

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USA / NBC / x25 minute episodes / Broadcast 4 April 1984 – 21 August 1985

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Jean Sagal as Kate
Liz Sagal as Allison Foster
Donnelly Rhodes as Art Foster (1984)
Patricia Richardson as Beth McConnell (1984)
Jon Caliri as Michael Gillette (1984)
Barbara Barrie as Margo Foster
Michael D. Roberts as Mr. Arrechia
Jonathan Schmock as Billy Batalato
James Vallely as Charles Kincaid
Anne-Marie Johnson as Aileen Lewis

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

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Clochmerle BBC 1972

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

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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

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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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