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Irish RM, The (Channel 4 1983-1985, Peter Bowles, Bryan Murray)

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Effortlessly charming series The Irish RM was set on the rural west coast of Southern Ireland at the end of the 19th century. The series follows Major Sinclair Yeates, (a perfect role for Peter Bowles who at the time was one of the most popular actors on TV) an Englishman sent by his superiors to be resident magistrate for the area.

Of course his ideas of a nice peaceful rural idyll are quickly dispelled – thanks in no small part to the shenanigans of his wily new lanlord Flurry Knox (Bryan Murray).

Splendidly evoking the era and full of gentle and good natured humour the Irish RM is a real delight of a show, especially given its quite contentious central theme – that of British rule in Ireland (the show was made at a time when IRA activities in England were huge). The sparking off each other between Bowles and Murray also adds hugely to the series charm.

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UK / Channel 4 – Little Bird – RTE / 26×50 minute episodes / Broadcast 6 January 1983 – 7 July 1985

Creators: Somerville & Ross / Music: Nick Bicat / Executive Producer: James Mitchell

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Peter Bowles as Major Yeates
Bryan Murray as Flurry Knox
Niall Toibin as Slipper
Doran Godwin as Phillipa Butler
Lise-Ann McLaughlin as Sally Knox
Anna Manahan as Mrs Cadogan
Brendan Conroy as Peter Cadogan
Faith Brook as Lady Knox

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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

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

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