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Grundy (ITV 1980, Harry H. Corbett, Lynda Baron)

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Sitcom Grundy focused on divorced single parent (to a teenage daughter) and paper shop owner Leonard Grundy who has a strong dislike for the loose morals he sees all around him but at the same time is pursued by a loose divorcee, Beryl Loomis, who has designs on his body.

The show was made in 1979 but held up by an industrial dispute and there was an un-broadcast pilot made called Injured Party. It turned out to be Harry H. Corbett’s final TV series. He had had a heart attack before the series started and was not in the best of health during filming and afterward.

The show rated pretty well and was considered high profile enough for Harry to get a three page article in the TV Times for the week of it’s premiere where he talked about his heart attack and how he hoped that Grundy would be successful given that it was now several years since the heyday of Steptoe and Son.

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UK / ITV – Thames / 6×30 minute episodes / Broadcast 14 July – 18 August 1980 shown Mondays at 8.00pm

Writer: Ken O’Hare / Theme Music: Harry Rabinowitz / Production Design: Jim Nicolson / Producer: Robert Reed

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HARRY H. CORBETT as Leonard Grundy
LYNDA BARON as Beryl Loomis
JULIE DAWN COLE as Sharon
DAVID JANSON as Murray

THE EPISODES
1. FIRST ENCOUNTERS OF THE CLOSE KIND
2. WE CAN’T GO ON MEETING LIKE THIS
3. SATURDAY NIGHT FERVOUR
4. HANDS ACROSS THE TABLE
5. FOR LOVE OR MONEY
6. WHAT YOU DON’T SEE, ASK FOR

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Clochemerle (BBC-2 1972, Cyril Cusack, Roy Dotrice)

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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

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 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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