In Friday Night Lights (based on the 2004 movie of the same name), when Eric Taylor (Kyle Chandler) is handed the chance to coach high school American football for the first time in the small Texan town of Dillon, he soon realises that Friday nights will never be the same again.
The expectation placed on his talented, and troubled, Dillon Panthers is huge and they are the pride and joy of the close-knit community.
How they cope, or fail to cope with off-field problems underpins the drama. Each upcoming game is critical to the storylines but the action centres on the characters’ lives outside the stadium. One of the biggest problems facing Taylor is the spinal injury to quarterback Jason Street (Scott Porter).
Memorable moment: Rivalry runs deep in the state championship especially when the Panthers and Arnett Mead meet. Before the biggest game of the year both teams try to get one up on each other by vandalising their rival’s town.
Trivia: In the pilot episode Jason Street suffers a serious spinal injury. That storyline was inspired by a real life incident in which a player from San Antonio’s High School in Texas, was paralyzed during a game in 2003 game. The series creator, Peter Berg, was at the game and it had a profound effect on him.
Kyle Chandler as Eric Taylor
Connie Britton as Tami Taylor
Aimee Teegarden as Julie Taylor
Brad Leland as Buddy Garrity
Taylor Kitsch as Tim Riggins
Jesse Plemons as Landry Clarke
Zach Gilford as Matt Saracen
Derek Phillips as Billy Riggins
Blue Deckert as Mac McGill
Minka Kelly as Lyla Garrity
Adrianne Palicki as Tyra Collette
Timothy F. Crowley as Coach Crowley
Louanne Stephens as Mrs. Saracen
Stacey Oristano as Mindy Collette
Scott Porter as Jason Street
Gaius Charles as Brian ‘Smash’ Williams
David Cowgill as Slammin’ Sammy
Creator: Peter Berg
Executive Producers: Peter Berg, Brian Grazer, David Nevins, Sarah Aubrey, Jason Katims, Jeffrey Reiner, David Hudgins
Network: NBC – 101 Network
Duration: 76×45 minute episodes
Aired From: 3 October 2006 – 9 February 2011
Clochmerle (BBC-2 1972, Cyril Cusack, Roy Dotrice)
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.
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
Writers: Ray Galton, Alan Simpson
Novel: Gabriel Chevallier
Producer: Michael Mills
Network and Production Companies: BBC Two – Bavaria
Duration: 9×30 minute episodes
Aired From: 18 February – 14 April 1972 Fridays at 10.05pm
Clairvoyant, The (BBC-2 1986, Roy Kinnear, Sandra Dickinson)
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.
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
Writer: Roy Clarke
Producer and Director: Alan J.W. Bell
Network and Production Companies: BBC-2
Duration: 6×30 minute episodes
Aired From: Pilot – 27 November 1984 and Series – 15 May – 19 June 1986
Christmas Princess (UP 2017, Nicole Munoz, Zak Santiago)
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.
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
Director: Allan Harmon
Writer: Tracy Andreen
Network and Production Companies: UP
Duration: 1×120 minute episode
Aired From: Sunday 10 December 2017
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