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Justice Is A Woman (Playhouse ITV 14 Jul 1969, Margaret Lockwood, Iain Cuthbertson)

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In Justice Is A Woman highly regarded English barrister Julia Stanford heads to the Scottish courts to defend a young 18 year old man, Allan Harper, who has been charged with the rape and murder of his 16 year old girlfriend Ann Laird.

Harper is offering up no defence saying that he cannot remember what happened but does admit that he went to see Ann. It seems that Ann had already made an allegation of rape against Allan (he suggests that it was at the urging of Ann’s father after he discovered they were in a relationship), it’s also revealed that Ann was pregnant at the time of her murder.

Julia is convinced that Allan is innocent and digs deep to get at the true facts of the case.

It’s a classic court room drama with a stand out performance from Lockwood as well as the alway superb Iain Cuthbertson as prosecuting QC Mr Campbell. Dad’s Army star John Laurie is also excellent as the Judge presiding over the case.

As befitting a high profile play with a screen legend, Justice Is A Woman was given the honour of a TV Times cover.

Justice Is A Woman

The play, written by Jack Roffey and Ronald Kinnoch had a successful theatrical run before being adapted for TV, Lockwood had been offered the part but was already appearing in another play at the time.

The production was considered pretty successful. You could say it lead to the series Justice which appeared two years later. Margaret Lockwood again starred, this time though her character was called Harriet Peterson.

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UK / ITV – Yorkshire / 1×77 minute episode / Broadcast Monday 14 July 1969 at 8.30pm

Writer: Stanley Miller / Play: Jack Roffey, Ronald Kinnoch / Production Design: James Bould / Producer: Peter Willes / Director: Joan Kemp Welch

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Margaret Lockwood as Julia Stanford
Cavan Kendell as Allan Harper
Ian Cuthbertson as Mr Campbell QC
John Laurie as Judge Adrian Beresford
David Langton as Captain Cruickshank
Roddy McMillan as Mr Miller
Russell Waters as Alistair Macleod
Daphne Anderson as Mrs Harper
Elizabeth Knight as Valerie Gowan
David Garth as Colonel Laird
John Dunbar as Inspector Firth
Raymond Farrell as Mr Gowan
Elizabeth Burger as Mrs Gowan
John Young as Clerk of Court
Prentis Hancock as Officer of the Court
Arthur Jeffrey as Foreman of Jury
Jack Thomson as Police Officer

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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

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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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