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Jericho (ITV-1 2005 with Robert Lindsay and David Troughton)

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Like an evening spent in a smoky Soho Jazz club, detective drama Jericho positively drips with the flavours of the late 1950’s. With its pukka opening titles and theme music that are reminiscent of an episode of Edgar Lustgarten’s Scotland Yard series Jericho also has oodles of period detail.

Robert Lindsay, who has scarcely put a foot wrong throughout his career is on fine form as Detective Inspector Michael Jericho, playing with a suitably laconic appeal that really suits the era, in 1958 of course the police were still very much seen as figures of authority and Jericho has a very confident air about him, quite happy to kick a door in where necessary but not the kind of copper who is quick to violence, Jericho actually has something of a troubled past, revealed in the second episode The Killing of Johnny Swan, involving his father, also a copper. He is also not doing himself any favours with his superiors by having an affair with a prostitute, Juliette, who lives in the flat below him.

Jericho has a pair of assistants in the shape of solid Sergeant Clive Harvey (the brilliant David Troughton) and new boy DC John Caldicott (Ciaran McMenamin) and plotwise the series manages to combine classic murder mystery with some interesting segue ways on life in Britain in the 1950’s, the first episode looks at the race issues then prevelent in Britain with the arrival of large numbers of West Indians and the second episode is sports led, focusing on a Roger Bannister-Chris Chataway style team of runners.

On 16 October ITV3 broadcast a 50 minute behind the scenes special (directly after the end of the broadcast on ITV1 of the first episode).

production details
UK / ITV-1 – WGBH Boston – Granada / 4×120 minute episodes / Broadcast 16 October to 6 November 2005

Writer: Stewart Harcourt / Script Editor: Kate McKerrell / Music: Dominik Scherrer / Executive Producers: Rebecca Eaton, Michele Buck, Damien Timmer / Producer: Cameron McAllister

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Robert Lindsay as Detective Inspector Michael Jericho
David Troughton as Detective Sergeant Clive Harvey
Nicholas Jones as AC Cherry
Ciaran McMenamin as John Caldicott
Lee Ross as Louis
Kellie Bright as Woman Police Constable Penny Collins
Aurelie Bergeme as Juliette
Brendon Coyle as Christie

THE EPISODES
1. A PAIR OF RAGGED CLAWS
2. THE KILLING OF JOHNNY SWAN
3. TO MURDER AND CREATE
4. THE HOLLOW MEN

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Royal Christmas Ball, A (ION 2017, Tara Reid, Ingo Rademacher)

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Royal Christmas Ball ION

Dateless for the Christmas ball, 39-year-old bachelor, King Charles of Baltania, tracks down his American college sweetheart, only to discover Allison has never been married, yet raised a 17-year-old daughter, Lily, who mathematically might be Charles’ biological princess.

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Tara Reid as Allison
Ingo Rademacher as King Charles
Mira Furlan as Rosa
Haley Pullos as Lily
Faune Chambers Watkins as Eva
Mykel Shannon Jenkins as Sam
Marc Anthony Samuel as Marcus
Christian Olivo as Victor
Miles Burris as Emile
Kennedy Lea Slocum as Taylor
Claire Cohen as Lorena
David Meza as Waiter
Cesar Cipriano as Florist
Stan Bly as Paparazzi
Brian Nolan as Paparazzi

crew details
Director: David DeCoteau
Writer: Suzanne Dunn
Story: Jeffrey Schenck, Peter Sullivan

production details
Country: USA
Network and Production Companies: ION – Hybrid Films
Duration: 1×120 minute episode
Aired From: Sunday 10 December 2017

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Runaway Christmas Bride (ION 2017, Cindy Busny, Travis Milne)

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Runaway Christmas Bride ION 2017

A runaway bride, Kate, making herself scarce for the holidays, meets a ski patrol rescuer, Jason, at a resort. Her December days begin to brighten, until her parents and jilted fiancé, Alex, show up at the mountain to reset the wedding for Christmas.

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Cindy Busby as Kate
Travis Milne as Jason
Christos Shaw as Mike
Karen Kruper as Lily Paulson
Mark Milburn as Alex Atkins
Bruce Dawson as Rick Atkins
Roz Murray as Kim Atkins
Trent Pryor as Wedding Rehersal Guest
Holly James as Wedding Guest

crew details
Director: David DeCoteau
Writer: Brian Skiba

production details
Country: Canada
Network and Production Companies: ION – Odyssey Media
Duration: 1×120 minute episode
Aired From: Saturday 9 December 2017

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Christmas Encore (HMC 2017, Erin Agostino, Marie Dame)

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Christmas Encore Hallmark 2017

In Christmas Encore a struggling actress is cast in her last off (off) Broadway show – a modern take on “A Christmas Carol” – before giving up her dream and moving home.

Instead, she finds romance with her director and a renewed passion for her craft and the city. But when the historic theater loses its lease and the show is set to fold, she and her cast mates are need of a Christmas miracle.

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Erin Agostino as Morgan
Marie Dame as Ellen Lambert
Brennan Elliott as Julian Walker
Maggie Lawson as Charlotte Lacy
Mélanie St-Pierre as Samantha Cross

crew details
Director: Bradley Walsh
Writer: Jennifer Notas Shapiro

production details
Country: USA
Network and Production Companies: Hallmark Movie Channel
Duration: 1×120 minute episode
Aired From: Saturday 9 December 2017

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