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Green Hornet, The (ABC 1966-1967, Van Williams, Bruce Lee)

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‘Faster, Kato!’

Although they fought crime in different settings, both The Lone Ranger and The Green Hornet wore similar-looking masks. This was no coincidence: both heroes were created by the same writer, George Trendle, and the Green Hornet was in fact the grandnephew of the Lone Ranger. This green-masked hero began his life in 1936 as the star of a radio adventure program and was very popular in the 30’s and 40’s. When Batman became a big deal on television for ABC in 1966, network executives decided to give The Green Hornet the same treatment.

Van Williams starred as Britt Reid, the editor and publisher of The Daily Sentinel newspaper. His secretary was the attractive Lenore ‘Casey’ Case. In secret, Britt fought crime with the help of his faithful manservant, Kato (an early role for Bruce Lee). The only other person besides Kato that knew Britt’s secret was the city’s District Attorney, F. P. Scanlon. Even Mike Axford, the tough and intrepid crime detective who was always on the Green Hornet’s tail, never figured out that Britt Reid and the Green Hornet were one and the same.

The show’s storylines focused on the Green Hornet’s crusade against crime. Unlike the Batman series, the Green Hornet did not have a plethora of colorful over-the-top villains. Instead, the plots he uncovered usually involved organized crime. For instance, his greenness foiled a million dollar art heist in ‘The Ray Is For Killing’ and smashed a drug ring in ‘The Secret of Sally Bell.’

The Green Hornet also had it tougher than other television heroes in that he had to deal with being perceived as a criminal by the police. Memorable episodes involving this angle of the show included ‘Crime Wave,’ in which the Green Hornet had to foil a computer crime ring that had falsely implicated him as their leader, and ‘Corpse of the Year,’ in which he had to bring a crime-committing impostor version of himself to justice.

The Green Hornet Van Williams

Although the Green Hornet’s adventures didn’t involve a lot of Batman-style gadgets, he did have a gas gun that could be used to knock criminals out and a sting gun that could pierce through steel. However, his most notable gadget was his car, the Black Beauty. It had a built-in video camera that could ‘see’ anything in front of the car for four miles, special jets at the rear that could shoot ice onto the road to hinder anyone trying to chase the car, and brushes near the wheels that could sweep away the car’s tracks.

The Green Hornet never caught on with viewers the way Batman did and was canceled in July of 1967 after one season. However, it remains memorable to television fans for its gritty take on the super-hero genre, and also for providing future martial-arts legend Bruce Lee with his first notable public exposure.

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USA / ABC – 20th Century Fox Television / x25 minute episodes / Broadcast 9 September 1966 – 14 July 1967

Creator: George W. Trendle / Theme Music: Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Flight of the Bumble Bee,” played by Al Hirt

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Van Williams as Britt Reid/The Green Hornet
Bruce Lee as Kato
Wende Wagner as Lenore “Casey” Case
Lloyd Gough as Mike Axford
Walter Brooke as District Attorney F.P. Scanlon

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Clochemerle (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 Clochemerle 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

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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

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Country: Canada
Network and Production Companies: UP
Duration: 1×120 minute episode
Aired From: Sunday 10 December 2017

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