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Follyfoot (ITV 1971-1973 with Gillian Blake, Steve Hodson and Desmond Llewellyn)

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In children’s drama series Follyfoot, teenager Dora is sent to live with her Uncle Geoffrey (aka The Colonel) where she quickly becomes involved at Follyfoot Farm, the home for neglected horses that the colonel runs as a hobby. Also around are fellow teens Steve and Ron Stryker and general help, ex boxer Slugger.

Hugely well remembered, Follyfoot (which was shot all on film) is one of the best family drama series ever, unlike most such series it never strayed too often into story of the week territory, maintained continuity throughout its three season run and mixed adventure and humour in equal measure.

Being a series about neglected horses the show often featured some hard hitting storylines including some where the horse doesn’t make it through. Throughout the series you expect that Steve and Dora will eventually become an item but despite some lingering looks and unspoken commitments they never did. By the time the third season arrived Dora was in charge of Follyfoot after the Colonel becomes too ill to look after it himself.

Based on the novels Cobblers Dream and Follyfoot by Monica Dickens the bulk of the series was written by Francis Stevens (which was in the fact the pen name of Executive Producer Tony Essex) whilst some major league directors also worked on the series including the likes of Stephen Frears, Vic Hughes, Michael Apted, Desmond Davis, Claude Whatham and actor David Hemmings (who also appeared in season three) . The show was deservedly very popular and there was quite a bit of merchandise released to tie-in with the series, from yearly annuals, to novelisations and even a comic strip in Look-In magazine.

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UK / ITV-Yorkshire / 39×30 minute episodes / Broadcast 1971-73

Creator: Monica Dickens / Horse Manager: Jane Royston / Theme Music: The Lightning Tree by The Settlers (written by Steven Francis) / Executive Producer: Tony Essex / Producer: Audley Southcott

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GILLIAN BLAKE as Dora
STEVE HODSON as Steve
DESMOND LLEWELLYN as Uncle Geoffrey aka The Colonel
ARTHUR ENGLISH as Slugger
CHRISTIAN RODSKA as Ron Stryker
PAUL GUESS as Lewis Hammond (season one)
GILLIAN BAILEY as Callie (season one)
BRYAN SWEENEY as Gip (season one)
FREDERICK TREVES as Sam Lockwood (season three)
NIGEL CREWE as Chip Lockwood (season three)
VERONICA QUILLIGAN as Hazel (season three)

THE EPISODES
SEASON ONE 28 June – 20 September 1971
1. DORA (28 Jun 1971)
2. STEVE (5 Jul 1971)
3. GYPSY (12 Jul 1971)
4. SHADOW (19 Jul 1971)
5. ONE WHITE FOOT CHARLEY (26 Jul 1971)
6. THE CHARITY HORSE (2 Aug 1971)
7. KNOW-ALL’S NAG (9 Aug 1971)
8. MOONSTONE (16 Aug 1971)
9. STRYKER’S GOOD DEED (23 Aug 1971)
10. MR SHE KNOWS (30 Aug 1971)
11. THE STANDSTILL HORSE (6 Sep 1971)
12. BIRTHDAY AT FOLLYFOOT (13 Sep 1971)
13. A DAY IN THE SUN (20 Sep 1971)

SEASON TWO 28 May – 27 August 1972
1. SOMEONE, SOMEWHERE (28 May 72)
2. THE DEBT (4 Jun 72)
3. FAMILY OF STRANGERS (11 Jun 72)
4. A PRESENT FOR SANDY (25 Jun 72)
5. THE INNOCENTS (2 Jul 72)
6. THE HUNDRED POUND HORSE (9 Jul 72)
7. POOR BALD HEAD (16 Jul 72)
8. THE PRIZE (23 Jul 72)
9. TREASURE HUNT (30 Jul 72)
10. DEBT OF HONOUR (6 Aug 72)
11. OUT OF THE BLUE HORSE (13 Aug 72)
12. THE AWAKENING (20 Aug 72)
13. FLY AWAY HOME (27 Aug 72)

SEASON THREE 24 June – 15 September 1973
1. THE DISTANT VOICE (24 Jun 73)
2. THE FOUR LEGGED HAT (30 Jun 73)
3. BARNEY (7 Jul 73)
4. MISS HIM WHEN HE’S GONE (14 Jul 73)
5. THE DREAM (21 Jul 73)
6. THE CHALLENGE (28 Jul 73)
7. THE LETTER (4 Aug 73)
8. THE BRIDGE BUILDER (11 Aug 73)
9. UNCLE JOE (18 Aug 73)
10. THE HELPING HAND (25 Aug 73)
11. RAIN ON FRIDAY (1 Sep 73)
12. HAZEL (8 Sep 73)
13. WALK IN THE WOOD (15 Sep 73)

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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

crew details
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

crew details
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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