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Fosters, The (ITV 1976-1977, Norman Beaton, Lenny Henry)

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Sitcom The Fosters was a UK adaptation of popular US show Good Times and told of the exploits of the black Foster family living in a tower block in South London. Samuel Foster (Norman Beaton) and his wife Pearl (Isabelle Lucas) are immigrants fron Guyana and they have three children – Sonny (Lenny Henry), Benjamin (Lawrie Mark) and Shirley (Sharon Rosita).

The whole genesis of the show is rather entangled, Good Times was a spin off from Maude which itself was a spin-off from All in the Family which just happened to be a US adaptation of UK sitcom Till Death Us Do Part.

The series is probably best remembered these days for giving an early acting role to Lenny Henry who was just 17 at the time and had recently made an impact as a comedian on New Faces.

The episodes were all straight adaptations (by Jon Watkins) from US episodes.

The Fosters

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UK / ITV – London Weekend Television / 27×30 minute episodes / 27×25 minute episodes / Broadcast 9 April 1976 – 9 July 1977 2 Seasons + 1 Special.

Adapter of US Scripts: Jon Watkins / Producer and Director: Stuart Allen

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Norman Beaton as Samuel Foster
Isabelle Lucas as Pearl Foster
Lenny Henry as Sonny Foster
Sharon Rosita as Shirley Foster
Lawrie Mark as Benjamin Foster
Carmen Munro as Vilma

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Copper’s End (ITV 1971, Bill Owen, Josephine Tewson)

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Sitcom Coppers End was very much from the Will Hay  (and Ask A Policeman in particular) school of comedy; When the series began the boys at the station led by Sergeant Stan Short, had the art of doing nothing down to a tee, so much so that they were even able to hire out their squad car for all manner of weddings, driving lessons and even stock car racing. All until the arrival of the super efficient W.P.S. Penny Pringle that is.

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BILL OWEN as Sgt Sam Short
RICHARD WATTIS as PC Eddie Edwards
GEORGE MOON as PC Chipper Collins
JOSEPHINE TEWSON as WPS Penny Pringle
ROYCE MILLS as PC Dinkworth
GEORGE MOON as Ch Supt Ripper

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Creator: Ted Willis
Producer: Shaun O’Riordan
Director: John Sichel

production details
Country: UK
Network and Production Companies: ITV – ATV
Duration: 13×25 minute episodes
Aired From: 19 February – 14 May 1971

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Conjugal Rights (ITV 1993-1994, Gwen Taylor, Michael Williams)

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Conjugal Rights

Sitcom Conjugal Rights detailed the ups and downs of middle-class, middle-aged married couple Gen and Barry.

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GWEN TAYLOR as Gen
MICHAEL WILLIAMS as Barry
STEPHEN MOORE as Philip
CORDELIA BUGEJA as Gillian
MAGGIE HENDERSON as Pam
WARREN MITCHELL as Voice of Toby the Dog (Season 1)
CHRIS ELLISON as Voice of Toby (Season 2)

crew details
Writer: Roger Hall
Producers: Humphrey Barclay, Justin Greene

production details
Country: UK
Network and Production Companies: ITV – Granada – Humphrey Barclay
Duration: 13×25 minute episodes
Aired From: 16 April 1993 – 17 June 1994

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Christmas Story, A (Fox 2017, Maya Rudolph, Matthew Broderick)

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A Christmas Story Fox 2017

A three-hour live television event, inspired by the holiday classic feature “A Christmas Story” and the Tony Award-nominated Broadway production “A Christmas Story: The Musical.”

Executive-produced by award-winning film, television and theater producer Marc Platt (“Grease: Live,” “La La Land”). The epic adaptation is filmed at the historic Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank.

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Maya Rudolph as Mother Parker
Matthew Broderick as Ralphie as an Adult
Jane Krakowski as Miss Shields
Chris Diamantopoulos as Old Man Parker
Santino Fontana as Off Camera Vocalist
Ana Gasteyer as Mrs. Schwartz
Andy Walken as Ralphie Parker
Laura Dickinson as Off Camera Vocalist
Sacha Carlson as Scut Farkus
Jessica Fontana as Off Camera Vocalist
Abigail Dylan Harrison as Louise
Artyon Celestine as Richie
Sammy Ramirez as Schwartz
Elie Samouhi as Grover Dill
Chris Mann as Off Camera Vocalist

crew details
Writers and Executive Producers: Jonathan Tolins, Robert Cary
Executive Producers: Marc Platt, Adam Siegel, Alex Rudzinski
Director and Executive Producer: Scott Ellis

production details
Country: USA
Network and Production Companies: Fox – Warner Horizon Television
Duration: 1×180 minute episode
Aired From: Sunday 17 December 2017 at 7.00pm

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