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Our House (NBC 1986-1988, with Wilford Brimley, Deidre Hall)

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True to the title, Our House was actually about a house… kind of. This family-friendly, hour-long drama centered on a beautiful old Victorian house owned by Gus Witherspoon. Gus was a grumpy old codger who was set in his ways and used to keeping his own company. However, his solitude ended when his son died and his son’s widow, Jessie, was forced by financial concerns to move in with him. Along for the ride were Jessie’s three children: fifteen-year-old Kris, twelve-year-old David, and eight-year-old Molly.

The stories revolved around how this group of people, all at different ages and stages of personal growth, learned how to co-exist peacefully under one roof. Sometimes it was difficult, but by the end of each episode, everyone—no matter how young or old—learned a little something about the art of compromise and the value of family. The show ran for just under two seasons, ending its run in June of 1988, after which young star Shannen Doherty (Kris) moved on to longer-lasting success as Brenda on Beverly Hills 90210.

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USA / NBC / x50 minute episodes / Broadcast 11 September 1986 – 26 June 1988

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Wilford Brimley as Gus Witherspoon
Deidre Hall as Jesse Witherspoon
Shannen Doherty as Kris Witherspoon
Chad Allen as David Witherspoon
Keri Houlihan as Molly Witherspoon
Gerald S. O’Loughlin as Joe Kaplan
Nicole Dubuc as Bertha
David Mendenhall as J.R. Dutton (1987-88)
Owen Bush as Crimshaw
Robert F. Hoy as Cliff
Thomas Wilson Brown as Mark (1987)

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Combat Sheep (BBC-1 2001, Steve Coogan, Ronni Ancona)

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One-off comedy film Combat Sheep detailed the comic adventures of four ex-army mascot sheep. Made using a mixture of live action and puppetry.

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STEVE COOGAN as Harris
RONNI ANCONA as Peaches
MARK WILLIAMS as Moose
KEVIN ELDON as Cooper
CHRIS ELLISON as Detective Inspector Hindle

crew details
Writer: Tim Firth
Additional material: Peter Baynham and Graham Duff
Executive Producers: Steve Coogan, Henry Normal
Producer: Robert Howes;
Director: Dominic Brigstocke.

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Country: UK
Network and Production Companies: BBC One – A Baby Cow Productions – Childrens Company
Duration: 1×30 minute episode
Aired From: 30 December 2001 at 5:35pm

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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

crew details
Writers: Ray Galton, Alan Simpson
Novel: Gabriel Chevallier
Producer: Michael Mills

production details
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

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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