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Hunter (BBC-1 2009, Hugh Bonneville, Janet McTeer)

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This sequel to the mesmerising Five Days takes two of the police officers from that, Detective Sergeant Amy Foster and Detective Superintendent Iain Barclay, into the environs of a brand new case. In Hunter the pair are called in when two seven year olds (from differing backgrounds) are kidnapped by a group of extremists who will only release them if a number of highly radical demands are met.

Amy Foster has pretty much settled for early retirement and the wine bottle but Barclay convinces her that he really needs her for this case and she is quickly on top of the situation. As the tension mounts the kidnappers snatch another child…

Bonneville and McTeer gel very nicely in this two parter. Five Days was very good indeed and whilst this is generally a cut above your above your average tec drama it still doesn’t really offer up anything we haven’t seen before.

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UK / BBC One / 2×90 minute episodes / Broadcast 18-19 January 2009

Writer: Mick Ford / Production Design: Mark Stevenson / Producer: Emma Benson / Executive Producers: Jessica Pope, Simon Curtis / Director: Colm McCarthy

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JANET McTEER as Detective Sergeant Amy Foster
HUGH BONNEVILLE as Detective Superintendent Iain Barclay
ELEANOR MATSUURA as Detective Inspector Zoe Larson
GEOFFREY STREATFIELD as Detective Sergeant Nick Dyer
NATHAN CONSTANCE as Detective Constable Connor
JONATHAN SLINGER as Detective Constable Miles
ANNA KOVAL as Detective Constable Mailer
HARRIET WALTER as ACC Griffin
ADRIAN RAWLINS as John Elder
CLARE HOLMAN as Dr Margaret Newell
FRANCES ALBERY as Hannah Crowley

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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

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

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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

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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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