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Fox (ITV 1980, Peter Vaughan, Ray Winstone)

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Under rated Fox was actually an example of the Thames/Euston location filmed crime drama at it’s best. At it’s heart Fox is concerned with The Family and has a great soundtrack with “cockney geezer” songs (with lyrics by series creator Trevor Preston) that help drive home certain points about the characters.

Basically Fox is about the ageing Billy Fox and the powerful grip he holds over his large family of five sons and their associated offspring. Each episode generally focuses on a different son, all of whom have their own issues. Youngest son Kenny is an on the up boxer but when he kills an opponent in the ring it sends him on a downward spiral; Phil is a mature student at University and doesn’t get on with his father who thinks he is betraying his roots. He ends up fleeing to New York.

Joey is a typical London cabbie, obsessed with birds until he meets fashion designer Bette whose avant garde ways knock him for six. Ray is an ex-con now running a nightclub with an estranged wife and a problematic teenage daughter and then there is Vin, he runs a building company but wants to move to the country to run a pub.

Billy somewhat surprisingly dies around the half way mark and his death is something of a catalyst for the the break up of the family.

Filmed and set in South London Fox was broadcast over 13 episodes on the ITV network in 1980. Boasting a stunning performance from Peter Vaughan as Billy Fox and supporting performances from a stellar cast including Elizabeth Spriggs, Bernard Hill, a young Ray Winstone, Karl Howman, Larry Lamb and Eamon Boland.

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UK / ITV – Thames – Euston / 13×50 minute episodes / Broadcast 10 March – 2 June 1980

Writer: Trevor Preston / Music: George Fenton / Lyrics: Trevor Preston / Script executive: Linda Agran / Executive Producer: Verity Lambert / Producer: Graham Benson / Director: Jim Goddard

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PETER VAUGHAN as Billy Fox
ELIZABETH SPRIGGS as Connie Fox
RAY WINSTONE as Kenny Fox
BERNARD HILL as Vin Fox
LARRY LAMB as Joey Fox
DERRICK O’CONNOR as Ray Fox
EAMON BOLAND as Phil Fox
ROSEMARY MARTIN as Renie Fox

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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

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

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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

crew details
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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