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Father Dear Father (ITV 1968-1973, Patrick Cargill, Natasha Pyne)

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Created by Johnnie Mortimer and Brian Cooke (they of Man About the House and George and Mildred fame), the farcical Father Dear Father starred Patrick Cargill, in a role tailor made for him. He plays wealthy, roll Royce driving crime and spy writer Patrick Glover. Divorced Patrick lives in his swanky house in trendy Hampstead longing for the peace and quiet that is constantly interrupted by his two teenage daughters Anna (Natasha Pyne) and Karen (Ann Holloway) both your archetypal dolly birds of the swinging sixties.

Also on hand was Matilda Nanny Harris (Noel Dyson), once Nanny to Patrick and the girls but now more of a housekeeper, Patrick’s best friend was his huge St Bernard dog H.G. Wells but he also remained on good terms with his ex-wife Barbara.

1972 saw a big screen outing and between 1978 and 1980 there was an Australian series which took Patrick down under. The cast all appeared in character in several other shows too including an episode of game show The Golden Shot (1 Mar 1970) and an edition of The Edward Woodward Hour (4 Aug 1971) with the Glovers meeting spy Callan. Then in 1972 Patrick Cargill starred in own hour long variety special called Patrick, Dear Patrick which also featured a segment featuring all of the Glovers.

Between 1969 and 1972 four short specials were also broadcast as part of ITV’s Christmas day All Star Comedy Carnival extravaganzas.

Father, Dear Father

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UK / ITV – Thames / 45×30 minute episodes / 1968-73 7 Seasons

Writers: Johnnie Mortimer, Brian Cooke / Producer: William G. Stewart

cast
Patrick Cargill as Patrick Glover
Natasha Pyne as Anna Glover
Ann Holloway as Karen Glover
Noel Dyson as Matilda Harris (‘Nanny’)
Ursula Howells as Barbara Mossman
Patrick Holt as Bill Mossman
Tony Britton as Bill Mossman
Sally Bazely as Georgie Thompson
Dawn Addams as Georgie Thompson
Joyce Carey as Mrs Glover (Patrick’s mother)
Jeremy Child as Timothy Tanner (series 6 & 7)

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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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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.

cast
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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