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Fourth Arm, The (BBC-1 1983, Paul Shelley, Philip Latham)

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Wartime drama series The Fourth Arm was set in 1944 and saw British Officer Major Gallagher and a specially selected team sent to France to try and destroy a site where Nazi’s are manufacturing their major new weapon – the V1 Rocket. Much of the first part of the 12 parter focused on the gathering of the team and their training.

The team were from various walks of life, one is a safe cracker George Macklin languishing in prison but joining with hopes of a pardon if the mission is a success. Another is a French singer and another still is a boffin with no active wartime experience.

It isn’t until episode 11 that the mission actually begins and whilst the build up may be long  it’s definitely worth it as we learn about the team and quirks. Watch friendships and relationships develop all the while knowing that not all of them may make it back. Indeed there are two casualties even before the off when a side mission doesn’t go quite as planned.

Paul Shelley is excellent in the lead as Gallagher, he had a few high profile roles in the 80’s and deserves to be more well known than he probably is. Incidentally he is the brother of fellow actor Francis Matthews.

The main team is
Sgt Duncan Cameron, a highlander
Sgt Sally Birkett, a good organiser and speaks fluent German
Simone Portales, French singer knows the area where the base is having been born there. Also speaks fluent German.
Nigel Macauley, an unorthodox all rounder
Geoffrey Wilson, French born and also a German speaker
Helen Robinson, a cypher expert
Solange Rohr, a member of the Free French fighter
George Macklin, Expert safe cracker

Once training begins they are all given French code names.

A well made series and shot through with the exact same flavour as the same team’s Secret Army. Indeed Gallagher had also had a prominent role in that series as Major Bradley.

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UK / BBC1 / 12×50 minute episodes / Broadcast 7 January – 25 March 1983

Creators: Gerard Glaister and John Brason / Producer: Gerard Glaister

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Paul Shelley as Major Gallagher
Philip Latham as Colonel Gwillim
Neil Stacy as Lieutenant-Colonel Squires
Eve Adam as Portales (Rossignol)
Angela Cheyne as Birkett (Hirondelle)
Susan Kyd as Solange (Chardonneret)
Carole Nimmons as Ellen (Merle)
Stuart Blake as Wilson (Corbeau)
Rob Edwards as Lovell (Hibou)
Dean Harris as Macklin (Choucas)
Michael MacKenzie as Cameron (Grive)
Robert Swales as Macaulay (Mesange)
Leonard Fenton as Moffatt (Miff)
Roy Boyd as Lamboit (Ferdy)

THE EPISODES
1. PART ONE (7 Jan 1983)
2. PART TWO (14 Jan 1983)
3. PART THREE (21 Jan 1983)
4. PART FOUR (28 Jan 1983)
5. PART FIVE (4 Feb 1983)
6. PART SIX (11 Feb 1983)
7. PART SEVEN (18 Feb 1983)
8. PART EIGHT (25 Feb 1983)
9. PART NINE (4 Mar 1983)
10. PART TEN (11 Mar 1983)
11. PART ELEVEN (18 Mar 1983)
12. PART TWELVE (25 Mar 1983)

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Clochemerle (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 Clochemerle 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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