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Face To Face (BBC 1959-1962 and 1995-1997, John Freeman)

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Face To Face was a talk show presented by John Freeman which was hugely popular. It was more interrogation that interview and Freeman was legendary for asking searching questions and on one occasion reducing personality Gilbert Harding to tears whilst pressing him about his recently deceased mother.

Guests were generally quite heavyweight and included Martin Luther King, Bertrand Russell, King Hussein of Jordan, Carl Gustav Jung, Evelyn Waugh and the like and even when the guests were more populist like Harding, Tony Hancock or Adam Faith, Freeman always brought out a different side to them.

In 1988 the BBC put on a repeat run of the episodes with a special new episode in which Freeman was interviewed by Dr Anthony Clare. After the series ended Freeman had gone on to edit The New Statesman and be in charge of London Weekend Television.

Face to Face itself was revived in 1989 as a spin off from The Late Show when Jeremy Isaacs in the host’s chair. This was a semi-regular in the schedules until 1998. His guests included the likes of Lauren Bacall, Norman Mailer, Bob Monkhouse, Stephen Sondheim, Germaine Greer, Arthur Miller and Ken Dod.

Granada TV also had an interview series called Face To Face that ran for 11 episode between 1988 and 1989, confusingly the 1989 run was on air at roughly the same time as the BBC run.

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UK / BBC / 34×30 minute episodes / Broadcast 4 February 1959 – 18 March 1962

Drawings: Felix Topolski / Producer and Director: Hugh Burnett

1989 revival
UK / BBC Two / 57 editions / 21 March 1989 – 12 October 1998

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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

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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

production details
Country: Canada
Network and Production Companies: UP
Duration: 1×120 minute episode
Aired From: Sunday 10 December 2017

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