Seven part big budget drama Jennie, Lady Randolph Churchill told the story of Sir Winston Churchill’s mother. The series was made to mark the centenary of Churchill’s birth.
Jennie was an American from a wealthy family who met Lord Randolph Churchill whilst holidaying in Cowes in 1873 and quickly became his wife.
The series very much had the Churchill seal of approval. Winston’s widow Lady Spencer had script approval and locations included real life Churchill homes as well as Blenheim Palace.
The cast was first rate with a star turn from movie legend Lee Remick as Jennie. Warren Clarke played Winston.
This was one of a number of very high profile period pieces that ITV were investing in at this time with shows such as Edward The Seventh and Edward and Mrs Simpson really giving the BBC a run for their money.
UK / ITV – Thames / 7×50 minute episodes / Broadcast 22 October – 3 December 1974
Writer: Julian Mitchell / Executive Producer: Stella Richman / Producer: Andrew Brown / Director: James Cellan Jones
Lee Remick as Jennie
Jeremy Brett as Count Kinsky
Rachel Kempson as Duchess of Marlborough
Ronald Pickup as Randolph
Charles Lloyd Pack as Sir Henry Wolff
Adrian Ropes as Arthur Balfour
David Steuart as Mr Gladstone
Warren Clarke as Winston
Barbara Parkins as Leonie
Thorley Walters as Prince of Wales
THE EPISODES 22 October – 3 December 1974
1. JENNIE JONES (22 Oct 74)
2. LADY RANDOLPH (29 Oct 74)
3. RECOVERY (5 Nov 74)
4. TRIUMPH AND TRAGEDY (12 Nov 74)
5. A PERFECT DARLING (19 Nov 74)
6. HIS BORROWED PLUMES (26 Nov 74)
7. A PAST AND A FUTURE (3 Dec 74)
Clochemerle (BBC-2 1972, Cyril Cusack, Roy Dotrice)
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.
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
Writers: Ray Galton, Alan Simpson
Novel: Gabriel Chevallier
Producer: Michael Mills
Network and Production Companies: BBC Two – Bavaria
Duration: 9×30 minute episodes
Aired From: 18 February – 14 April 1972 Fridays at 10.05pm
Clairvoyant, The (BBC-2 1986, Roy Kinnear, Sandra Dickinson)
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.
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
Writer: Roy Clarke
Producer and Director: Alan J.W. Bell
Network and Production Companies: BBC-2
Duration: 6×30 minute episodes
Aired From: Pilot – 27 November 1984 and Series – 15 May – 19 June 1986
Christmas Princess (UP 2017, Nicole Munoz, Zak Santiago)
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.
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
Director: Allan Harmon
Writer: Tracy Andreen
Network and Production Companies: UP
Duration: 1×120 minute episode
Aired From: Sunday 10 December 2017
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