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Francis Durbridge Presents: Melissa (BBC-1 1974, Peter Barkworth, Moira Redmond)

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Melissa is a three part thriller serial that sees unemployed journalist Guy Foster asthe prime suspect when his wife is found murdered. When Guy’s wife Melissa is strangled all the evidence points to him being the killer. The evidence is further compounded when Melissa’s doctor claims that Guy has been to see him and he is convinced he has mental problems. Guy of course swears that he has never even met the doctor before.

When a second body is found in Guy and Melissa’s cottage in the country and the doctors receptionist survives an attack on her life but describes Guy as her attacker, it seems obvious to everyone that Guy must be the killer. But is there more going on than Guy knows about.

Another superior piece of entertainment from king of the thriller Francis Durbridge. Very convoluted and tightly scripted and with that lovely 1970’s mixture of videotaped interiors and filmed exteriors. It was previously made into a 6 part serial in 1964 (26 April – 31 May and with Tony Britton as Guy Foster) and in 1997 a major reworking of the story was mounted by Channel 4 with a script by Alan Bleasdale. This new version of Melissa picked up from a piece of passing dialogue in this original about Guy and Melissa meeting on a boat.

Melissa Francis Durbridge Presents

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UK / BBC One / 3×50 minute episodes / Broadcast 4 – 18 December 1974

Writer: Francis Durbridge / Costume Design: Juanita Watson / Script Editor: Simon Masters / Production Design: Barrie Dobbins / Producer: Morris Barry / Director: Peter Moffatt

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PETER BARKWORTH as Guy Foster
MOIRA REDMOND as Melissa Foster
RONALD FRASER as Felix Hepburn
JOAN BENHAM as Paula Hepburn
PHILIP VOSS as Detective Chief Inspector Carter
RAY LONNEN as Don Page
LYNDON BROOK as Dr Swanley
ZULEIKA ROBSON as Mary Antrobus
ELIZABETH BELL as Joyce Dean
DESMOND JORDAN as Duncan
LEONARD GREGORY as Jackson
RICHARD BORTHWICK as Det Sgt Gibbs
ROBERT KING as Peter Antrobus
GODFREY JACKMAN as Tom Billings
PAT GORMAN as Man
JOHN HORSLEY as Mr Antrobus
GODFREY JAMES as George
MARCIA ASHTON as Carol Stewart
ROY SPENCER as Det Sgt Heston
URSULA HIRST as Mrs Long

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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

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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

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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

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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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