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Good Cop (BBC-1 2012, Warren Brown, Stephen Graham)

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In Good Cop police constable John Paul Rocksavage is devestated when his partner is brutally beaten and killed by a gang. When he realises the investigation is going nowhere he decides to take matters into his own hands.

After confronting one of the gang, Noel Finch, at the house where the attack on his partner took place John Paul discovers a gun and shoots and kills Finch. He then targets the rest of the gang.

In a convoluted plot John Paul is also trying to reconnect with the girl he abandoned several years earlier when she told him she was pregnant. John Paul lives with his father who has some unspecified illness and spends quite a bit of time reading to him. He is also having an affair with the married nurse who looks after his father.

In the fourth and final episode the emphasis switches to the search for two men who are attacking young girls in the area. John Paul has now become something of a vigilante and determines to kill them too.

Unfortunately the four parter ends with so many loose ends hanging that you feel somewhat cheated. The BBC declined to make a second season.

The series is written by Stephen Butchard who says of his inpetus to write the show “What also really appealed to me was that they (early response cops) are the first on the scene and they make the first early decisions. They bring in other people, and then that’s really it. They’re sent away then. I like that you know the fact he’s done his job and now he’s got to move onto the next crisis. I wanted it to be about the man as a whole, not just about the police man. I very much wanted to go home with him, and see what’s happening there and how private life impacts upon the life in the uniform and vice versa.”

Brown though is quietly proving himself to be one of the UK’s most reliable young leading men these days.

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UK / BBC One / 4×60 minute episodes / Broadcast 30 August – 13 October 2012

Writer: Stephen Butchard / Theme Music: Armies by Tricky / Producer: Rebecca Hodgson / Executive Producer: Jessica Pope / Directors: Sam Miller (episodes 1 & 2), Sue Tully (episodes 3 & 4)

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Warren Brown as Constable John Paul Rocksavage
Michael Angelis as Robert Rocksavage
Stephen Graham as Noel Finch
Aisling Loftus as Cassandra Stanton
Chloe Thomson as Libby Stanton
Mark Womack as DCI Craig Costello
Stephen Walters as Callum Rose
Rob Jarvis as DCI Stoddart
Philip Hill-Pearson as DC Liam Frainey
Kevin Harvey as Sergeant Middleton
Tom Hopper as Constable Andy Stockwell
Kerrie Hayes as Constable Amanda Morgan
Christine Tremarco as Justine
Don Gayle as Team Driver Police officer
Johann Myers as Gary Walton
Carl Rice as Phil Davenport
Michael J. Tait as Constable Darren Skinner
Joe Macauley as Jonjo Heinz
Shaun Mason as Kyle Smart
Graham O’Mara as Bradley Pearson
Michael Smiley as Tom Lomax
Dallon Weekes as Dallon Weekes

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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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