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Ellery Queen (NBC 1975-1976, Jim Hutton, John Hillerman)

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Set in the 1940’s Ellery Queen stars Jim Hutton as the crime novelist of the title who continually finds himself helping out his police detective inspector father (who works for the Third Division of the New York Police Department) on his cases. Of course it also gives him great fodder for his books, he also often finds himself competing against radio broadcaster Simon Brimmer (played by John Hillerman – best known these days for his role as Higgins on Magnum) who fancies himself as something of a crime solver too.

One of the really great things about this TV version of Ellery Queen is the way it follows the classic format of the books with Hutton taking time out towards the end of the episodes to talk directly to the viewer at home to see if we have been following the clues and if we have spotted the killer yet, a great conceit that really works.

Add to this fantastic period charm with its vintage post war settings as well as some high calibre guest stars that include the likes of Joan Collins, Don Ameche, Susan Strasberg, Ida Lupino, Juliet Mills, Roddy McDowall and Eve Arden to name just a few.

There were previous versions called The Adventures of Ellery Queen, Ellery Queen (see above) and The Further Adventures of Ellery Queen.

Ellery Queen

production details
USA / NBC – Universal – Fairmont – Foxcroft / 1×100 minute episode 22×50 minute episodes / Broadcast September 1975 – September 1976

Creator/Executive Producers: Richard Levinson, William Link / Music: Elmer Bernstein, Hal Mooney / Characters: Frederic Dannay, Manfred Bennington Lee

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JIM HUTTON as Ellery Queen
JOHN HILLERMAN as Simon Brimmer
DAVID WAYNE as Inspector Richard Queen
TOM REESE as Sgt Velie
KEN SWOFFORD as Frank Flanigan

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Combat Sheep (BBC-1 2001, Steve Coogan, Ronni Ancona)

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Combat Sheep

One-off comedy film Combat Sheep detailed the comic adventures of four ex-army mascot sheep. Made using a mixture of live action and puppetry.

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STEVE COOGAN as Harris
RONNI ANCONA as Peaches
MARK WILLIAMS as Moose
KEVIN ELDON as Cooper
CHRIS ELLISON as Detective Inspector Hindle

crew details
Writer: Tim Firth
Additional material: Peter Baynham and Graham Duff
Executive Producers: Steve Coogan, Henry Normal
Producer: Robert Howes;
Director: Dominic Brigstocke.

production details
Country: UK
Network and Production Companies: BBC One – A Baby Cow Productions – Childrens Company
Duration: 1×30 minute episode
Aired From: 30 December 2001 at 5:35pm

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Clochemerle (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 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

crew details
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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