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Galton And Simpson Playhouse, The (ITV 1977, Leonard Rossiter, Richard Briers)

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Rightly regarded as being amongst the best TV comedy writers Britain has produced Ray Galton and Alan Simpson, after creating Hancock’s Half Hour in the 1950’s and Steptoe and Son in the 1960’s, spent most of the 1970’s putting together anthology series of one off comedies, one of their best was 1977’s The Galton and Simpson Playhouse.

The seven half hours, made for the ITV Network, are each headlined by a big comedy player not least amongst them the superb Arthur Lowe who stars in the first episode Car Along the Pass in which he plays a do things by the book character on a camping holiday in the Alps; In Swap You One of These for One of Those Richard Briers finds himself invited to a swingers party!

Cheers is next up and sees actors Charles Gray and Freddie Jones as a pair of inseperable friends, who have even shared a house for a number of years find their relationship coming under strain when one of them announces he is getting married; Naught For Thy Comfort features Roy Kinnear as an airline steward (called Richard Burton) who returns home to find that his wife has walked out on him. Variations on a Theme is a play on a love triangle co-starring John Bird and Frances De La Tour from Rising Damp.

I Tell You it’s Burt Reynolds is the pick of the bunch and stars Leonard Rossiter as a know all who, whilst visiting relatives, sets out to prove that the man they have just seen on TV is the actor Burt Reynolds. Finally there is Big Deal at York City headlined by Warren Mitchell (with an amazing wig and glasses that have to be seen to be believed) as a lucky gambler returning home on the train from the races.

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UK / ITV – Yorkshire / 7×25 minute episode / Broadcast 12 February – 7 April 1977

Writers: Ray Galton, Alan Simpson / Music: Ken Jones / Executive Producer: Duncan Wood

THE EPISODES
1. CAR ALONG THE PASS (17 Feb 77)
2. SWAP YOU ONE OF THESE FOR ONE OF THESE (24 Feb 77)
3. CHEERS (3 Mar 77)
4. NAUGHT FOR THY COMFORT (10 Mar 77)
5. VARIATIONS ON A THEME (17 Mar 77)
6. I TELL YOU IT’S BURT REYNOLDS (31 Mar 77)
7. BIG DEAL AT YORK CITY (7 Apr 77)

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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

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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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Christmas Reunion, A (Lifetime 2015, Catherine Hicks, Denise Richards)

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A Christmas Reunion Lifetime

In A Christmas Reunion a Madison Avenue executive, Amy, discovers an unusual Christmas surprise when she inherits her Aunt’s hometown bakery. The real surprise comes when she learns the other half of the bakery was left to her long-ago boyfriend, Jack.

Unresolved personal issues resurface between them, as the exes return home to co-manage the store, along with its traditional holiday cookie bake-off.

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Denise Richards as Amy Stone
Patrick Muldoon as Jack Evans
Jake Busey as Dylan Carruthers
Catherine Hicks as Aunt Linda
Parker Stevenson as Don Dupree
Patricia De Leon as Janette Crowder
Jon Briddell as Luke Crowder
Robert R. Shafer as Frank O’Brien
Anna Barnholtz as Chloe
John Colton as Steve Evans
Sandra Evans as Shari
Brody Fitzgerald as Young Jack Evans
Michael Gaglio as Earl Pratt, Sr.
Gib Gerard as Earl Pratt, Jr.
Joyce Greenleaf as Helen

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Director: Sean Olson
Writers: Margaret Base, Mary Glenn, Sam Irvin, Sean Olson, Peter Sullivan, Michael Varrat

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Country: USA
Network and Production Companies: Lifetime – Hybrid
Duration: 1×120 minute episode
Aired From: 13 December 2015

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