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Family (ITV 2003, Martin Kemp, Jamie Forman)

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Martin Kemp, Jamie Foreman and David Calder star in Family, a series set against the background of the London underworld. The Cutlers are ruthless but revered, and are fiercely loyal to one another. They are passionate, affectionate and emotional, but they’ll use any means they can to get what they want – within the law or otherwise.

Ted Cutler (David Calder) is one of Britain’s most notorious villains – aka ‘The Guv’nor’. He runs the Cutler firm. The legitimate business is gaming machines. The real business is crime.

He has two sons, Joey (Martin Kemp) and Dave (Jamie Foreman), and also a daughter, Jacqueline (Simone Lahbib) known affectionately as Jacks. Joey is married to Sophie and they have two daughters; Jacks lives alone – for some reason she finds it difficult to find a man. Dave is married and has a boy to carry the Cutler name forward, but Dave’s somewhere in America, on the run.

Ted also has a girlfriend that he’d like to be able to call his wife, but since his wife won’t give him a divorce, he can’t.

Things have changed a lot since Ted’s day – the old-time ‘gentleman villain’ doesn’t really exist any longer. But convincing Ted of that isn’t easy. He’s still the guv’nor, but most of the firm’s work is done by Joey. Ted has all the power but none of the responsibility.

And then Dave comes home again…

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UK / ITV – London Weekend Television / 6×50 minute episodes / Broadcast 29 September – 12 November 2003

Writers: Roger Smith, Tim Vaughan / Executive Producers: Michele Buck, Tim Vaughan / Director: David Drury

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Martin Kemp as Joey Cutler
Jamie Foreman as Dave Cutler
David Calder as Ted Cutler
Simone Lahbib as Jacqueline Cutler
Camille Coduri as Sophie
Linda Marlowe as Jean
Sally Dexter as Natalie
Danny Midwinter as Graham
Peter Marinker as Ronnie
Florence Bass as Georgia
Charles Daish as Rory MacLeod
Samuel Clemens as Paul
Matt Bardock as Inspector Mickey Fowler
Crispin Bonham-Carter as Mike

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

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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

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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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