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Hark At Barker (ITV 1969-1970, Ronnie Barker, David Jason)

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Sketch based sitcom Hark At Barker detailed the misadventures of the crotchety old Lord Rustless and his dodgy servants at his stately home Chrome Hall. Played by Ronnie Barker, Lord Rustless was quite similar to a lot of his elderly male characters, bushy of eye-brow and completely sex obsessed.

In addition to their main roles, Ronnie Barker and David Jason (who played manservant Dithers) also played a variety of other characters in each episode. Ronnie Corbett also appeared in one episode playing three different characters.

Alan Ayckbourn and Ronnie Barker (both under aliases, Peter Caulfield for Ayckbourn and his usual Gerald Wiley for Barker) were among the writers.

The character of Lord Rustless had first been seen in an episode of The Ronnie Barker Playhouse (broadcast 10 April 1968) and although created by Alun Owen the character himself was classic Barker. It’s a series also of interest to Monty Python fans in so far as Michael Palin appeared; Eric Idle was a script contributor and Terry Gilliam provided the caricatures seen on the series.

On Christmas Day 1970 there was a brief revival of the character as part of ITV’s annual All-Star Comedy Carnival celebration. This ran for about 10 minutes along with segments from other popular ITV sitcoms of the day.

The series pretty much continued under the title His Lordship Entertains for one season in 1972. This time it was on BBC Two.

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UK / ITV – London Weekend Television / 15×25 minute episodes / Broadcast 11 April 1969 – 21 August 1970 season 1 black and white

Creator: Alun Owen / Writers besides those mentioned above also included Bill Oddie, Graeme Garden, John Junkin, Mike Sharland and Lew Schwarz / Producer: Humphrey Barclay

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Ronnie Barker as Lord Rustless
Josephine Tewson as Mildred Bates
Frank Gatliff as Badger
David Jason as Dithers
Mary Baxter as Cook
Moira Foot as Effie (series 2)

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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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Christmas Reunion, A (Lifetime 2015, Catherine Hicks, Denise Richards)

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A Christmas Reunion Lifetime

In A Christmas Reunion a Madison Avenue executive, Amy, discovers an unusual Christmas surprise when she inherits her Aunt’s hometown bakery. The real surprise comes when she learns the other half of the bakery was left to her long-ago boyfriend, Jack.

Unresolved personal issues resurface between them, as the exes return home to co-manage the store, along with its traditional holiday cookie bake-off.

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Denise Richards as Amy Stone
Patrick Muldoon as Jack Evans
Jake Busey as Dylan Carruthers
Catherine Hicks as Aunt Linda
Parker Stevenson as Don Dupree
Patricia De Leon as Janette Crowder
Jon Briddell as Luke Crowder
Robert R. Shafer as Frank O’Brien
Anna Barnholtz as Chloe
John Colton as Steve Evans
Sandra Evans as Shari
Brody Fitzgerald as Young Jack Evans
Michael Gaglio as Earl Pratt, Sr.
Gib Gerard as Earl Pratt, Jr.
Joyce Greenleaf as Helen

crew details
Director: Sean Olson
Writers: Margaret Base, Mary Glenn, Sam Irvin, Sean Olson, Peter Sullivan, Michael Varrat

production details
Country: USA
Network and Production Companies: Lifetime – Hybrid
Duration: 1×120 minute episode
Aired From: 13 December 2015

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Final Vision (ID 2017, Scott Foley, Dave Annable)

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Final Vision is a twisted psychological thriller and a true-crime drama based on the longest running criminal case in U.S. history. It’s the story of Jeffrey MacDonald (Foley), a handsome, Ivy League-educated U.S. Army Green Beret doctor, who was convicted of brutally murdering his pregnant wife and two young daughters in the middle of the night.

Told through the eyes of best-selling author Joe McGinniss (Annable), who was approached by MacDonald to write a book about his personal nightmare as he was about to go to trial.

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Scott Foley as Jeffrey MacDonald
Dave Annable as Joe McGinniss
John Doman as Bernie Segal
Lochlyn Munro as Wade Smith
Jessica Harmon as Colette MacDonald
Caroline Aaron as Leslie Sterling
Primo Allon as MP Sergeant
Julia Maren Baker as Kimberly MacDonald
Julia Benson as Nancy McGinniss
Baylee Breen-Wood as Kristen MacDonald
April Cameron as Nurse at St. Mary’s
Aaron Craven as James Blackburn
Bruce Dawson as Doctor
Parveen Dosanjh as Woman at Party
Lane Edwards as Brian Murtagh

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Writer: Denis O’Neill
Director:  Nicholas McCarthy
Executive Producers: Angela Bromstad, Christine Connor, Linda Berman S

production details
Country:  USA
Network and Production Companies: ID – Lincoln Square Productions
Duration: 1×120 minute episode
Aired From:  Sunday 10 December 2017

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