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French Fields (ITV 1989-1991, Julia McKenzie, Anton Rodgers)

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French Fields was not so much a sequel to Fresh Fields but more a continuation of the series (albeit three after the final season of Fresh Fields) with a subtle name change and new locale. It saw Hester and William, the couple from that series decide to up sticks and move to France William Fields (Anton Rogers) is offered a new job there.

Of course there was the initial shock of a whole new culture to get used to, middle class Barnes was very different from their new village life in St Martin near Boulogne. Luckily for William and Hester they had a pair of boorish English neighbours in the shape of Hugh and Jill.

The idea of upping sticks and moving to Europe, France in particular, was very big in the 1980’s and 1990’s. Co-Author John Chapman himself owned a home in the Dordogne.

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UK / ITV – Thames / 18×30 minute episodes 1×45 minute episode / Broadcast 5 September 1989 – 8 October 1991

Creator: John Chapman / Producer: James Gilbert

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Julia McKenzie as Hester Fields
Anton Rodgers as William Fields
Pamela Salem as Chantal Moriac
Liz Crowther as Jill Trendle (series 1-2)
Robin Kermode as Hugh Trendle (series 1-2)
Valerie Lush as Madame Remoleux
Sally Baxter as Emma (series 1)
Karen Ascoe as Emma (after series 1)
Philip Bird as Peter
Brian de Salvo as Henri Nadal (series 1)
Nicholas Courtney as Marquis (series 1 – 2)
Olivier Pierre as Monsieur Dax (series 2 & special)
Philip McGough as Monsieur Dax (series 3)
Bridget McConnel as Madame Dax (series 2-3)
Victoria Baker as Marie-Christine Dax (series 2-3)

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Clochmerle (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 Clochmerle 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

production details
Country: Canada
Network and Production Companies: UP
Duration: 1×120 minute episode
Aired From: Sunday 10 December 2017

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