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Forgotten Door, The (ITV 1966, Betty McDowall)

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The Forgotten Door is a fondly remembered mid 1960’s series about a young alien visiting Earth.

The series was directed by Pamela Lonsdale, whom is also credited for Ace of Wands and Chocky, among others. Incidentally, Chocky – adapted from John Wyndham’s novel — is also about an ‘alien’ who comes to Earth; a very different story but, nevertheless, equally satisfying.

Main ‘storyteller’ for The Forgotten Door was Betty McDowall — who starred in the film Time Lock about a boy trapped in a bank vault) and also the 1964 HG Wells’ film, First Men In The Moon. Other ‘voices’ in The Forgotten Door were by Murray Kash, Ann Murray, Aaron Shirley and Roger Snowdon. Drawings were by John Ryan, the man behind Captain Pugwash, while Colin Andrews did the set design.

Being shown at 6.15pm. on Sunday evenings, this often seemed to be the slot for a tea-time story, fantasy or adventure, maybe with a religious theme.

In fact, there was a religious adviser to the series in Ian McKenzie. (This was obviously years before all-day or 24-hour viewing and, to put it into time context, well over two years before the Apollo 11 landing on the Moon. ) A check on programme schedules the following year, for example, showed that fantasy still fitted the bill for this slot – The black and white version of The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe was screened. — MacAnakin

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UK / ITV Network – ABC Weekend Television / 7×20 minute episodes / Broadcast 9 October 1966 – 20 November 1966 Sundays at 6.15pm

Adapted by John Kershaw from the book of the same name by American author and illustrator Alexander Key.

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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

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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

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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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