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HIM (ITV 2016, Fionn Whitehead, Simona Brown)

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Fionn Whitehead stars in new three-part supernatural drama HIM from screenwriter Paula Milne. A 17-year-old boy, known only as HIM, is caught in the limbo between childhood and adulthood, but he is also trapped between the two homes of his divorced parents, each now remarried with new families. He is the cuckoo in both their nests, a reminder of the failure of their marriages and a threat to their new found domestic bliss. Like any teenager, he is riding a rollercoaster of confusing emotions, but his behaviour is also triggered by something else. He is engaged in a primal struggle to contain the terrifying secret of a supernatural power he has inherited from his grandfather. Only his ageing grandmother understands and urges him to use his gift only for good, for she knows that anything could end in tragedy.

When his 17-year-old stepsister Faith (Simona Brown) moves in, HIM finds himself irrevocably drawn to her. They both know that their mutual attraction could rupture the family. The turmoil this causes in HIM escalates out of control, as does his supernatural power – and those closest to HIM are in his line of fire. At the heart of the story is HIM’s rite of passage from boyhood to manhood as he struggles to retain his humanity and control his power.

HIM definitely has an interesting premise, a storyline that sounds like it could be a slice of classic 1970’s telefantasy by John Bowen or Alan Garner. Writer Milne says that she wasn’t interested in traditional horror tropes but more “the idea of some external supernatural force taking someone over, like poltergeists, ghosts or witchcraft simply didn’t interest me as much as the idea of someone fighting to control the emotional demons within them. The movie Carrie was a big influence in that respect, how it centres on an alienated teenage girl, using telekinesis to symbolise her struggle with puberty and the brutal reality of her life ahead. So she tries to take control. Then I started thinking about teenage boys, how they get a bad rap in these post feminist days: under achieving, acting out and in particular, their difficulty in articulating the emotional turbulence they face during their own burgeoning puberty… So I suppose I wanted to use the horror genre as a prism to explore all these powerful issues of family life that so many in the audience have either witnessed or directly experienced in these post divorce days…That’s why I gave him no name but HIM; in that sense he is all our brothers and all our sons.”

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“What’s that thing they say? There is no greater fear than fear itself.”

production details
UK / ITV – Mainstreet Pictures / 3×50 minute episodes / Broadcast from Wednesday 19 October 2016 at 9.00pm

Writer: Paula Milne / Script Editor: Gwen Gorst / Production Design: Dick Lunn / Costume Design: James Keast / Music: Nick Green / SFX Supervisor: Simon Tayler / VFX Producer: Double Negative TV / Producer: Chrissy Skinns / Executive Producers: Laura Mackie, Sally Haynes, Paula Milne / Director: Andy De Emmony

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Fionn Whitehead as HIM
Simona Brown as Faith
James Murray as Edward
Katherine Kelly as Hannah
Patrick Robinson as Victor
Lucy Liemann as Beth
Alec Newman as Ross Brodie
Bobby Smalldridge as Jack
Aaron Phagura as Azfal
Angela Bruce as Fran
Susan Jameson as Rose
McKell David as Jamie
Anastasia Hille as Magda
Woody Norman as Young HIM (1)
Adam O’Reilly as Young HIM (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

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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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

crew details
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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