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Fall of Eagles (BBC-1 1974, Patrick Stewart, Barry Foster)

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Mammoth and impressive mid 1970’s historical drama series The Fall of Eagles is something of an all star series telling the story of the rise and fall of the Hapzburg dynasty from the first emperor Franz-Joseph through to Kaiser Bill and his exile at the close of the first world war.

In what is more a collection of single plays rather than a continuing series the cast changes from episode to episode but is pretty high calibre and includes the likes of Curt Jugens (as Bismark), Patrick Stewart (as Lenin), Barry Foster, Laurence Naismith (as Emperor Franz Josef), Gemma Jones, Denis Lill, Michael Kitchen, Diane Keen, Colin Baker, Marius Goring, Peter Vaughan, Paul Eddington and Charles Gray to name just a few.

The brainchild of legendary BBC producer John Ellliot (who created the amazing A For Andromeda), Fall was initially going to be quite an examination of the life of the last Tsar but as research for the series got under it was decided to widen it out to take in the whole of Hapzburg and Hohenzollern dynasties, covering the period 1848 upto 1918. This allows the plays to focus on not just Tsar Nicholas II but also Germany’s Kaiser Willhelm II and Emperor Franz Josef of the Austria-Hungary region.

This is a production of the highest calibre, from the writers (who include such strong names as Trevor Griffiths, Hugh Whitemore, Jack Pulman, Troy Kennedy Martin and Elliot himself), the directors (Rudolph Cartier – a true legend having been one of the guiding lights of both BBC and ITV in the mid to late 1950’s, David Cunliffe and Bill Hays and of course the already mentioned superb cast.

Fall of Eagles

Patrick Stewart as Lenin

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UK / BBC One / 13×50 minute episodes / Broadcast 15 March – 7 June 1974

Creator: John Elliot / Producer: Stuart Burge

THE EPISODES
1. DEATH WALTZ (15 Mar 74)
2. THE ENGLISH PRINCESS (22 Mar 74)
3. THE HONEST BROKER (29 Mar 74)
4. REQUIEM FOR A CROWN PRINCE (5 Apr 74)
5. THE LAST TSAR (12 Apr 74)
6. ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS (19 Apr 74)
7. DEAREST NICKY (26 Apr 74)
8. THE APPOINTMENT (3 May 74)
9. DRESS REHEARSAL (10 May 74)
10. THE INDIAN SUMMER OF AN EMPEROR (17 May 74)
11. TELL THE KING THE SKY IS FALLING (24 May 74)
12. THE SECRET WAR (31 May 74)
13. END GAME (7 Jun 74)

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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

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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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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