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Grimleys, The (ITV 1997-2001, Amanda Holden, Brian Conley)

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The Grimleys was a consistently funny comedy about unrequited love set in Dudley near Birmingham during the troubled 1970s. Naive schoolboy Gordon Grimley (James Bradshaw) falls in love with Miss Gerladine Titley (Amanda Holden) when she starts work at his comprehensive. Trouble is, she has a boyfriend in the shape of PE teacher Doug Digby (Brian Conley). He is an oafish sadist who loves making the boys scale ropes, do press-ups and generally flog themselves to death. The times are perfectly realised with great wardrobes and sets, and Holden’s Brummie accent is perfect.

Memorable moment:
Gordon first catches sight of Geraldine when she takes a room in the Grimley household before finding a place of her own. Watch out for Slade frontman Noddy Holder as Neville Holder, the soft-centred music teacher, and also for Doug Digby’s bizarre demise.

Trivia:
Samantha Janus was cast as Geraldine in the pilot and Jack Dee was Doug.

production details
UK / ITV – Granada / 21×25 minute episodes 2×50 minute episodes / Broadcast 5 July 1997 (Pilot) and 8 March 1999 – 1 April 2001

Creator: Jed Mercurio (he also wrote 21 of the 23 episodes with one apiece written by John Stevenson, Fiona McCormick) / Music: Tot Taylor / Producers: Spencer Campbell, Jed Mercurio / Executive Producer: Andy Harries

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James Bradshaw as Gordon Grimley
Nigel Planer as Baz Grimley
Ryan Cartwright as Darren Grimley
Jan Ravens as Janet Grimley
Corrieann Fletcher as Lisa Grimley
Barbara Keogh as Nan Grimley
Samantha Janus as Geraldine Titley (pilot)
Amanda Holden as Geraldine Titley (series)
Jack Dee as Doug Digby (pilot)
Brian Conley as Doug Digby (series 1 & 2)
Craig Kelly as Dave Trebilcock (series 3)
Noddy Holder as Noddy (Neville) Holder
Paul Angelis as Big Reg Titley (pilot, series 1 & 2)
Woody Clements as Shane Titley (pilot)
Simon Lowe as Shane Titley (series)
Ruby Snape as Miss Thing (series 2)
Richard Rowbotham as Wayne (series 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

crew details
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

crew details
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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