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High Street Blues (ITV 1989, Phil McCall, Ron Pember)

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Sitcom High Street Blues followed a quartet of high street shop owners in the town of Hatford who were fighting to prevent their shops being bought out by the hypermarket Waverley’s chain.

Charlie McFee owned the cobblers, which he runs with the help of his assistant Bob Farthing; The wool shop is run by Mavis Drinkwater and her niece Susan. There was a florist run by Rita and Paula Franks and a junk shop run by Chesney Black. In fact Charlie was keen on the idea of selling to Waverley’s.

Co-Written by comedy legend Jimmy Perry and producer Robin Carr High Street Blues will no go down as one of his best efforts. The overall feel was on the cheap side and playing was too broad. The series only ran for the one season of six episodes.

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UK / ITV – London Weekend Television / 6×25 minute episodes / Broadcast 6 January – 10 February 1989 Fridays at 7.00pm

Writers: Jimmy Perry, Robin Carr / Executive Producer: Marcus Plantin / Producer and Director: Robin Carr

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Phil McCall as Charlie McFee
Ron Pember as Chesney Black
Elizabeth Stewart as Mavis Drinkwater
Valerie Walsh as Rita Franks
Chris Pitt as Bob Farthing
Victoria Hasted as Susan Drinkwater
Eve Bland as Sheila
Georgia Mitchell as Paula Franks
Johnny Shannon as Sharpe
Martin Turner as Valentine
Shirley Dixon as The Managing Director (voice only)

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

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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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