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Goodnight Sweetheart (BBC-1 1993-1999, Nicholas Lyndhurst, Liz Carling)

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In popular scifi sitcom Goodnight Sweetheart married TV engineer Gary Sparrow wanders down an alley that is actually a time hole, he ends up in the 1940’s where he falls for barmaid Phoebe Bamford.

As the series progressed Gary kept flitting between the two era’s. In the nineties he opened a shop selling 1940’s artifacts and in the forties led a double life as a secret agent (pretend) and songwriter of popular music (Sparrow sang hits by the Beatles and the like claiming them as his own.) Eventually Gary married Phoebe and the pair even had a child so that in best Dominick Hyde he is actually his own grandfather.

In the final episode Gary ends up trapped in the past when the portal closes on VE day.

After the third series, Dervla Kirwan left and was replaced by Liz Carling. Michelle Holmes also left, to be replaced by Emma Amos.

There was a surprise one off revival on 2 September 2016 which caught up with Gary and his discovery of the time portal again. This time in the past it was 1962, the year Gary was born.

Goodnight Sweetheart

The cast with Liz Carling and Emma Amos who joined from season four as the second wives of Gary Sparrow.

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UK / BBC One – SelecTV – Alamo / 57×30 minute episodes 1×50 minute episodes / Broadcast 18 November 1993 – 28 June 1999 and 2 September 2016

Creators: Laurence Marks, Maurice Gran / Music: Anthony & Gaynor Sadler / Sung by Nick Curtis / Executive Producer: Allan McKeown

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Nicholas Lyndhurst as Gary Sparrow
Michelle Holmes as Yvonne Sparrow (series 1-3)
Emma Amos as Yvonne Sparrow (series 4-6)
Dervla Kirwan as Phoebe Bamford (series 1-3)
Elizabeth Carling as Phoebe Bamford (series 4-6)
Victor McGuire as Ron Wheatcroft
Christopher Ettridge as PC Reg Deadman
David Ryall as Eric Bamford (series 1)
Yvonne D’Alpra as Mrs Bloss (series 2 & 3)
David Benson as Noel Coward (series 5 & 6)

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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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