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Fraud Squad (ITV 1969-1970, Patrick O’Connell, Joanna Van Gyseghem)

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Crime drama series detailing the cases of Detective Inspector Gamble and Detective Sergeant Vicky Hicks working for the Fraud Squad in the Midlands. Gamble is very much his own man, all too often doing things his own way, much to the frustration of his boss Superintendent Proud.

Gamble’s sidekick Vicky is often little more than a glorified secretary for too much of the time but as the series goes on she does more of a chance to shine.

Season two was filmed in colour but like so many ITV shows of that era it now mostly only exists in black and white. Two episodes, episodes 3 and 4, survive in colour.

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UK / ITV – ATV / 26×50 minute episodes / Broadcast 20 May 1969 – 12 December 1970

Creator: Ivor Jay / Police Advisor: A.V. Overall / Producers: Robert D. Cardona, Nicholas Palmer

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PATRICK O’CONNELL as D.I. Gamble
JOANNA VAN GYSEGHEM as D.S. Vicky Hicks
RALPH NOSSEK as Supt Proud

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THE EPISODES
SEASON ONE 20 May – 12 August 1969
1. TURBOT ON ICE (20 May 69)
2. BROTHER SIMPLE (27 May 69)
3. LAST EXIT TO LIECHTENSTEIN (3 Jun 69)
4. RUN FOR YOUR MONEY (10 Jun 69)
5. ALL CLEAN AND PAID FOR (17 Jun 69)
6. OVER A BARREL (24 Jun 69)
7. WHERE’S GEORGE (1 Jul 69)
8. THE FRONT MAN (8 Jul 69)
9. THE BIGGEST BORROWER OF ALL (15 Jul 69)
10. PROS AND CONS (22 Jul 69)
11. COLD AS CHARITY (29 Jul 69)
12. TWO KINDS OF CRASH (5 Aug 69)
13. ANYBODY HERE SEEN KELLY? (12 Aug 69)

SEASON TWO 19 September – 12 December 1970
1. THE MARTIN KESSEL FILE (19 Sep 70)
2. THE WHITE ABYSS (26 Sep 70)
3. TO PAY PAUL (3 Oct 70)
4. DOUBLE DEAL (10 Oct 70)
5. THE HARLAND AFFAIR (17 Oct 70)
6. INQUEST (24 Oct 70)
7. PEOPLE CAN GO TOO FAR (31 Oct 70)
8. REMISSION – NEGATIVE (7 Nov 70)
9. WHIZZ KID (14 Nov 70)
10. THE GREAT BLANKET FACTORY SWINDLE (21 Nov 70)
11. THE HOT-MONEY MAN (28 Nov 70)
12. GOLDEN ISLAND (5 Dec 70)
13. THE PRICE OF A COPPER (12 Dec 70)

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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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KENNETH GRIFFITH as Ernest Tafardel
WENDY HILLER as Justine Putet
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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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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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