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Enemy of the State, An (BBC-2 1965, Charles Tingwell, Veronica Strong)

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In espionage thriller An Enemy of the State computer expert Harry Sutton gets caught up in a deadly game when his company sells a major new computer to Russia and he himself is tasked with installing it.

Original Radio Times publicity… Charles Tingwell and Veronica Strong star in the first of a new season of thriller serials: Harry Sutton’s work means a great deal to him – more, so it appears to his wife, than she does. “You might just as well buy a camp-bed and live in that factory of yours so you can be there day and night without having to worry about anything else”. But Harry does have other worries. He must leave Jennifer at a critical stage in their marriage when he flies to Moscow to install a new computer sold to Russia by his company for two-and-a-half million pounds. There is the sudden appearance of the suave Mr Henderson, who describes himself as an unimportant civil servant but seems to know a great deal about Harry’s private affairs and makes a startling proposition. And while Harry Sutton the offended electronics engineer with principles may threaten to kick Mr Henderson out of the house, Harry Sutton the heavily mortgaged husband is in a vulnerable position. Especially since Henderson is clearly a somewhat unusual civil servant. An Enemy Of The State, which opens a new season of BBC-2 thriller serials, is as topical as today’s newspaper, for in 1965 epsionage is no longer limited to military secrets, nor is the definition of a spy as simple as it used to be.

This exciting six-part story is the work of Ken Hughes, who is well known as a film director, with such productions as The Trials Of Oscar Wilde and The Small World Of Sammy Lee to his credit. His first job in show business was as a sound effects boy with the BBC, which he joined in 1939 – providing door slams for ITMA, glass crashes for Hi Gang!, and every kind of noise for the wartime radio serial Front Line Family. His television play Sammy, which he wrote and directed for BBC Television in 1958 and which starred Anthony Newley, won him the Television Directors’ Guild Award as Scriptwriter of the Year, while his last BBC Television serial, Solo For Canary, gained him high praise for its realistic interpretation of London’s underworld. It was after several visits to Russia that he wrote An Enemy Of The State – a spy story as seen from the other side of the Iron Curtain. Produced by Alan Bromly and directed by James Cellan Jones (who also started on the bottom run in the BBC as a television call-boy, and is now considered one of the most promising young directors), the serial has a strong cast. Among those in tonight’s first episode are Charles Tingwell as Harry Sutton and Veronica Strong as his wife, while Robert Mill takes the part of Mr Henderson, who insists: “It’s just a matter of keeping one’s eyes and ears open”.

Producer Alan Bromly was also heavily involved with the Francis Durbridge thrillers around the same time.

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UK / BBC Two / 6×25 minute episodes / Broadcast 17 October – 21 November 1965

Writer: Ken Hughes / Production Design: Spencer Chapman / Producer: Alan Bromly / Director: James Cellan Jones

cast
Charles Tingwell as Harry Sutton
Veronica Strong as Jennifer Sutton
James Maxwell as Colonel Rykov
Alfred Hoffman as Orlov
Dallia Penn as Karin
Jan Conrad as Boris
Peter Stephens as Simons

THE EPISODES
1. THE TROUBLE WITH HARRY
2. POINT OF NO RETURN
3. CAUSE FOR ALARM
4. THE FACELESS MEN
5. THE BLOOD RED TAPE
6. THE RECKONING

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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

crew details
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

crew details
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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