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Hung (HBO 2009-2010, Thomas Jane, Jane Adams)

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In off beat comedy drama series Hung we enter into the world of Detroit based serial loser Ray Drecker, a middle aged basketball coach whose life is on a downward spiral. His wife has left him for someone wealthier, his house has been badly burnt in a fire, his job is in the balance as his team are on a losing streak and his teenage kids would rather live with mum than share a tent with him (even if it does have its own microwave oven). Determined to give it one last shot at turning his life around Ray goes on a get rich quick seminar, after hooking with an old flame, Tanya, Ray realises that he has one thing going for him. He is very well endowed! Tanya convinces him to set up in business as a gigalo aka Happiness Consultant.

The kind of show that only pay tv can seemingly take on, Hung is a kind of male version of Secret Diary of a Call Girl and is out of the same mould as Californication. Very funny (and quite sad too) and with a couple of brilliant performances from Thomas Jane and Jane Adams. Ray actually isn’t that likeable but you can’t help empathise with him. The show is full of strong language and graphic sex scenes but its definitely a class act.

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USA / HBO – Tennessee Wolf Pack – E1 Entertainment / 1×60 minute episode 29×30 minute episodes / Broadcast 28 June 2009 – 4 December 2011

Creators: Colette Burson, Dmitry Lipkin / Music: Craig Wedren / Theme Music: The Black Keys / Executive Producers: Alexander Payne, Colette Burson, Dimitry Lipkin, Michael Rosenberg, Noreen Halpern, John Morayniss, Emily Kapnek, Scott Stephens

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THOMAS JANE as Ray Drecker
JANE ADAMS as Tanya Skagle
EDDIE JEMISON as Ronnie Haxon
CHARLIE SAXTON as Damon Drecker
SIANOA SMIT-McPHEE as Darby Drecker
ANNE HECHE as Jessica Haxon
LOREN LESTER as Howard Koontz
REBECCA CRESKOFF as Lenore
STEVE HYTNER as Floyd Gerber
GREGG HENRY as Mike
MARYLOUISE BURKE as Jessica’s Mother
ALANNA UBACH as Yael Koontz
LENNIE JAMES as Charlie

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Clochmerle (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 Clochmerle 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

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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

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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

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Director: Allan Harmon
Writer: Tracy Andreen

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Country: Canada
Network and Production Companies: UP
Duration: 1×120 minute episode
Aired From: Sunday 10 December 2017

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