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Gaffer, The (ITV 1981-1983, Bill Maynard, Russell Hunter)

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Sitcom The Gaffer detailed the misadventures of Fred Moffatt, the owner of a decrepit building works, who if not a cowboy was certainly very close to it.

Much of Fred’s time was spent dealing with his recalcitrant workforce especially with shop steward, Harry (Callan’s Russell Hunter).

The real brains of the outfit is Moffat’s secretary Betty (Pat Ashton) to run the office. She also does her best to keep her boss on the straight and narrow.

Having scored a big hit for Yorkshire as the naive Selwyn Froggitt, Fred Moffatt was a more capable but less likeable character. Another brilliant Bill Maynard performance though!

Towards the end of the second season Fred decided to get involved in the local council managing to get himself elected. Much of the third series saw him tangling with chief council rival Joe Gregory.

The end of the series saw Moffat selling up and moving to Australia.

Series writer Graham White based the show on his own experiences running an engineering firm.

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UK / ITV – Yorkshire / 20×30 minute episodes / Broadcast 9 January – 5 July 1983

Writer: Graham White / Producer: Alan Tarrant

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Bill Maynard as Fred Moffat
Russell Hunter as Harry
Pat Ashton as Betty
David Gillies as Ginger
Don Crann as Charlie
Christopher Hancock as Wagstaff (series 1 & 2)
Milton Johns as Williams (series 2)
Alan Hockey as Joe Gregory (series 2 & 3)
Keith Marsh as Henry Dodd (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

crew details
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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