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Hardy Boys, The (ABC 1969, Byron Kane, Dal McKennon)

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When the first Hardy Boys books were written in the early 1930’s, the author probably didn’t envision his sleuthsome twosome as a traveling rock band on a TV cartoon show. But then again, neither television nor rock ‘n’ roll had been invented.

In any case, after the boys Hardy were a segment on the Mickey Mouse Club and before they were portrayed by Shaun Cassidy and Parker Stevenson on primetime’s The Hardy Boys, Joe and Frank starred in an animated Saturday show.

The series followed the title lads as they toured the world with their band, Hardy Boys Plus Three. The “three” were their friends—Pete, Chubby and the token cute girl, Wanda. Of course, in between gigs, the group had plenty of opportunities to solve crimes the world over.

Trying to mimic the success of the Archies, an actual album of the Hardy Boys’ songs (with different voices than the speaking ones) was released. Although “Here Come the Hardy Boys” did crack Billboard’s Top 200 Album Chart, the single “Love and Let Love” failed reach the Top 100. Even tougher competition came from the show’s time slot, opposite the now-legendary Scooby-Doo.

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USA / ABC – Universal / x20 minute episodes / Broadcast 6 September 1969 – 4 September 1971

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Byron Kane as Joe Hardy, Pete Jones, Fenton Hardy
Dal McKennon as Frank Hardy, Chubby Morton
Jane Webb as Wanda Kay Breckenridge, Aunt Gertrude Hardy

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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

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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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