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Father Brown (ITV 1974 with Kenneth More and Dennis Burgess)

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UK / ITV – ATV / 13×60 minute episodes / Broadcast 26 September – 5 December 1974

Writer: Hugh Leonard / Stories: G.K. Chesterton / Producer: Ian Fordyce

Period crime drama series. In the 1920’s vicar Father Brown finds himself turning detective to solve various crimes and often being helped by his former arch enemy turned private detective Flambeau.

Kenneth More gave one of his best performances as the eponymous father , just the right balance of eccentricity and studied cleverness. Father Brown has that classic 1970’s television sheen with it’s beautifully designed interiors shot on videotape to it’s location scenes shot on film.

Created by G.K. Chesterton and set in a seemingly perpetual middle-upperclass 1920’s the stories include The Hammer of God in which a lascivious village squire is murdered, the very fun The Oracle of the Dog (which sees a dog helping Father Brown uncover a murderer), The Curse of the Golden Cross (a curse and an archaeologist lead to trouble for Brown), The Eye of Apollo (money and sun worship just don’t go together – there is a great performance from Ronald Pickup in this episode) and last but by no means least The Three Tools of Death which focuses on the apparent murder of a well known Philanthropist played by James Hayter).

Episode 6 The Mirror of the Magistrate sees Father Brown believing an error has been made over the arrest of a man accused of killing a judge. In The Dagger With Wings Father Brown has to deal with the black arts when a dead wealthy man’s sons start to die in mysterious ways.

The Actor and the Alibi (episode 8) sees Brown teaming up with Flambeau to search for a missing girl who has joined a theatre company. Final episode of volume two is The Quick One in which a party of travelling salesmen hold the key to the murder of a crotchety old local trouble maker (played by Bernard Lee).

The Man With Two Beards has Brown investigating the suspicious death of an old friend, whilst The Head of Caesar has Brown tangled up in a blackmail plot involving a young girl who has been stealing from her wealthy brother. The Arrow of Heaven has a wealthy art collector who is murdered and finally The Secret Garden which finds Father Brown in Paris and finding murder at a dinner party.

Father Brown managed to attract a pretty high calibre of guest stars and included the likes of T.P. McKenna, David Swift, Michael Sheard, Rachel Gurney, David Saville, Penelope Horner, Maxwell Shaw, Christopher Benjamin, the great Bill Maynard in the Man With Two Beards, Megs Jenkins, David Lodge, Fabia Drake and Brian Croucher. The character has also had a revival in a recent BBC daytime series which updated the action to the 1950’s and starred Mark Williams as Father Brown.

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KENNETH MORE as Father Brown
DENNIS BURGESS as Flambeau

THE EPISODES
ONE SEASON 26 September – 19 December 1974
1. THE HAMMER OF GOD
2. THE ORACLE OF THE DOG
3. THE CURSE OF THE GOLDEN CROSS
4. THE EYE OF APOLLO
5. THE THREE TOOLS OF DEATH
6. THE MIRROR OF THE MAGISTRATE
7. THE DAGGER WITH WINGS
8. THE ACTOR AND THE ALIBI
9. THE QUICK ONE
10. THE MAN WITH TWO BEARDS
11. THE HEAD OF CAESAR
12. THE ARROW OF HEAVEN
13. THE SECRET GARDEN

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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

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

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

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