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Hour, The (BBC-2 2011-2012 with Ben Whishaw and Romola Garai)

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UK | BBC 2 – Kudos Film and Television

RUNNING TIME: 60 minutes | NUMBER OF EPISODES: 12 | AIRDATES: 2011-2012

WRITER: Abi Morgan | PRODUCER: Ruth Kenley-Letts | DIRECTOR: Coky Giedroyc

What a fab idea for a series is The Hour taking us back, as it does, to the golden age of British television and 1956 at the BBC’s Alexandra Palace studio in particular. Rising stars Ben Whishaw and Romola Garai take the leads as a pair of reporters, Freddie Lyon and Bel Rowley, who tired of working on fluff pieces for the daily newsreels take up an offer to join the challengeing new news and current affairs show The Hour. Freddie and Bel have been best friends for some time and Freddie is more than a little put out by how well Bel immediately gets on with The Hour’s main man Hector Madden.

As the pair settle into the team Freddie also finds himself caught up in a murder investigation that as he investigates further leads him into a world of political cover ups and conspiracy.

Abi Morgan is one of our best writers and there is some wonderfully smart dialogue at play here, the “love triangle” between Freddie, Bel and Hector runs right through the heart of the series and it is the interplay between the three of them backed by an era that is in a real state of change that makes the series so clever. The murder mystery angle is a good way of building the tension too, classic TV fans will also find much too enjoy in the depiction of the era.

Season two picked up the action in 1957 and Freddie Lyon, having been away travelling for a few months is now the somewhat surprise choice of co-host on The Hour, Bel is still single and Hector Madden has become something of a celeb.

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BEN WHISHAW as Freddie Lyon
ROMOLA GARAI as Bel Rowley
DOMINIC WEST as Hector Madden
ANTON LESSER as Clarence Fendley
ANNA CHANCELLOR as Lix Storm
JULIAN RHIND-TUTT as Angus McCain
JULIET STEVENSON as Lady Elms
JOSHUA McGUIRE as Isaac Wengrow
TIM PIGOTT-SMITH as Lord Elms
BURN GORMAN as Thomas Kish
JOHN BOWE as Douglas Owen
OONA CHAPLIN as Marnie Madden

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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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