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Flash, The (CBS 1990-1991, John Wesley Shipp, Amanda Pays)

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The Flash had been a hero in DC Comics for at least forty years by the time he got his own television series in 1990. Created by longtime comics fans Danny Bilson and Paul DeMeo, the series starred John Wesley Shipp as Barry Allen, a mild-mannered chemist who was accidentally doused by electrically-charged chemicals when a lightning bolt struck the police lab where he works. As a result, he gained the power to move at hyper-fast speed. In fact, he discovered he could move fast enough to avoid being seen by others. And if you’re not jealous of Barry yet, you’ve obviously never been a kid.

When Jay, Barry’s brother and a police officer, was killed by a gang of bikers terrorizing their home of Central City, Barry decided to use his new powers to fight crime. He was aided by co-worker Dr. Tina McGee, who developed a special suit for him that could withstand the rigors of his supersonic speed. With this new suit, Barry became The Flash, setting out to fight any criminal that set their sights on Central City.

The Flash could easily run rings around his foes, but he soon discovered a catch to his powers: they were accompanied by an accelerated metabolism, meaning he burned energy as fast as quickly as he could move. Thus, he had to use his powers carefully and conserve energy to avoid “hitting the wall,” in runner’s parlance.

Each episode would feature the Flash battling a new costumed menace. Recognizable faces were frequently used to play these villains, including David Cassidy as the Mirror Master and Mark Hamill as the Trickster. In most cases, the guest stars rose to the colorful material with an appropriately over-the-top performance in true 1960’s Batman style. These super-foes were often tied to some sort of corruption in Central City’s government or police force. Other characters on the show included Julio, Barry’s lab assistant, and Megan Lockhart, a tough female private investigator who learned Barry’s secret and fell in love with him.

Although it toyed with some of the comic book’s details, The Flash still found a dedicated cult audience among comic-book fans who appreciated the show’s color and campy humor. Sadly, The Flash had its time-slot changed several times and was thus never able to build a mass audience. It was also prohibitively expensive, since those custom-made Flash suits tended to wear out quickly during filming. As a result, the show was cancelled in July of 1991 after one season.

The Flash remains a popular rerun item on stations catering to science-fiction fans, who appreciate the show’s splashy, theatrical style. The emphasis on good old-fashioned heroics ensures that The Flash will always be remembered as one of the better entries in television’s superhero canon.

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USA / CBS – Warner Bros TV / 1×120 minute episode 21×50 minute episode / Broadcast 20 September 1990 – 19 July 1991

Creators: Gardner Fox, Harry Lampert / Devisor/Executive Producers: Danny Bilsen, Paul De Meo

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JOHN WESLEY SHIPP as Barry Allen aka The Flash
AMANDA PAYS as Tina McGee
ALEX DESERT as Julio
VITO D’AMBROSIO as Officer Bellows
BILL MANARD as Officer Murphy
RICHARD BELZER as Joe Klein
MIKE GENOVESE as Lt Warren Garfield
DICK MILLER as Fosnight
KENNETH TIGAR as Dr Jason Rossick

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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

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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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