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Fort Boyard (Channel 5 1999-2003 with Melinda Messenger and Leslie Grantham)

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UK / Channel Five-Grundy-Anabase-Challenge TV / 77×60 minute episodes / Broadcast 16 October 1998 – 3 December 2003

Creators: Jacques Antoine, Jean-Pierre Mitrecey, Pierre Launay / Executive Producer: Richard Holloway / Producer and Director: Paul Kirrage

Adventure game show based on a French original (which began in 1990) and recorded at an actual fort off the coast of France. The series saw a team of fit contestants taking part in a series of challenges (often very similar in style and content to The Crystal Maze – although often quite dangerous and in fact the Crystal Maze was created by the same team as this show especially for Channel 4 when Fort Boyard was unavailable) and collecting letters that would help them in the final game that saw them with a chance to win a fortune in gold.

Melinda Messenger hosted with Leslie Grantham (as the Master of the Fort) and Geoffrey Bayldon (as The Professor) also appearing.

Series one to four were broadcast on Channel 5 but the fifth season broadcast a couple of years later saw a move to satellite broadcaster Challenge TV and a complete change of presenting crew – host was now Jodie Penfold and the master of the fort was Christopher Ellison. Meanwhile the Professor was out with The Captain (Tom Baker) taking his place. From 2012-2014 there was a UK revival for a junior audience on CITV this was called Fort Boyard: Ultimate Challenge. Hosts were Laura Hamilton, Geno Segers (2011 only) and Andy Akinwolere (2012-2014). This version followed the duel format (introduced for the first time in 2004) of two teams competing against each other.

The series, thanks to it’s great concept is France’s most exported TV format (it has been made in 31 different countries) and sits at number four on the world game show export list after Wipeout, Fear Factor and Survivor.

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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

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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.

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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

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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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