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Indian Doctor, The (BBC-1 2010-2013 with Sanjeev Bhaskar and Mark Williams)

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UK / BBC One / 15×45 minute episodes / Broadcast Monday 15 November 2010 – Friday 8 November 2013

Writer: Bill Armstrong / Executive Producers: Tom Ware, Deep Sehgal / Director: Tim Whitby

In period comedy drama series The Indian Doctor Prem Sharma leaves Delhi in 1963 newly qualified as a Doctor and has his eyes well and truly opened when he takes a job as a GP in the small Welsh mining village of Trefelin. Having left their home behind following a family tragedy Prem and his wife, Kamini, have ideas of an upmarket consultancy job in London but find that the only thing available is to take over from the recently deceased local doc in Trefelin. Naturally neither the Sharma’s or the locals are overjoyed about the situation.

The local Coal Mine is the life of the village, almost all the men work down at “the pit” and it seems the coal board manager Richard Sharpe has more than few skeletons in his closet and why is he so keen on getting hold of the previous doctor’s missing diary.

A wonderful sense of period and some strong playing make this a nicely enjoyable series and one that does touch on a very real aspect of British post war history when large amounts of educated immigrants arrived in the UK and found that settling in was harder than they imagined. Indeed in the early sixties MP Enoch Powell was responsible for instigating the arrival of many much needed doctors to the UK, he would later become a vociferous opponent of Britain’s immigration policy!

During the week that the first season of The Indian Doctor aired the BBC had something of a 1960’s fest with another daytime show called Rewind The Sixties and presented by Lulu taking a look at the decade.

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SANJEEV BHASKAR as Prem Sharma
AYESHA DHARKER as Kamini Sharma
MARK WILLIAMS as Richard Sharpe
BETH ROBERT as Sylvia Sharpe
MALI HARRIES as Megan Evans
ALEXANDER VLAHOS as Tom Evans
IFAN HUW DAFYDD as Owen Griffiths
JACOB OAKLEY as Dan Griffiths
NAOMI EVERSON as Gina Nicolli
ERICA EIRIAN as Sian Davies

THE EPISODES
SEASON ONE 15 Nov – 19 Nov 2010
1. THE ARRIVAL
2. THE DIARY
3. YOUNG HEARTS
4. THE VAN
5. THE FETE

SEASON TWO 27 Feb – 2 Mar 2012
1. FOREIGN BODIES
2. IMMUNITY
3. THE MIRACLE
4. QUARANTINE
5. THE SOURCE

SEASON THREE 4 Nov – 8 Nov 2013
1. THE PRODIGALS’ RETURN
2. THE GOLD RUSH
3. DESPERATE MEASURES
4. TRAPPED
5. INTO THE LIGHT

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Clochmerle (BBC-2 1972, Cyril Cusack, Roy Dotrice)

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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

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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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

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

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