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Kavanagh QC (ITV 1995-1999, John Thaw, Lisa Harrow)

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Memorable TV favourite John Thaw stars as James Kavanagh, one of the best legal minds in Britain for whom law is supreme. Despite his lofty position he has a natural sympathy with the underdog and often takes difficult cases for little reward. Can he rise to the top without his relationships with teenage children and aristocratic wife suffering?

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Look out for guest appearances from heavyweight actors such as Alison Steadman, Tom Courtenay, Kenneth Cranham, Virginia McKenna and Michael Williams.

Trivia:
Thaw had always resisted doing a court-based drama because he hated wearing hats: “So the last thing I wanted to do as have this grey horse-hair thing stuck on my head.” The actor had been mauled by the critics after starring in A Year In Provence and Kavanagh was specially commissioned for him by ITV executive Ted Childs. It was an instant success getting 13 million viewers for series one.

Kavanagh QC was produced by Chris Kelly. Genial Kelly is well known to millions of thirty and fortysomethings as the former host of the popular movie show Clapperboard.

Despite ending it’s run in 1999 a rogue episode aired in 2001.

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UK / ITV – Central / 27×90 minute episodes / Broadcast 3 January 1995 – 29 March 1999and one episode 25 April 2001

Creators: Susan Rogers, Ted Childs / Music: John Keane / Legal Consultant: David Etherington / Script Editor: Liza Marshall / Executive Producer: Ted Childs

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JOHN THAW as James Kavanagh QC
LISA HARROW as Lizzie Kavanagh
OLIVER FORD DAVIES as Peter Foxcott QC
ANNA CHANCELLOR as Julia Piper
DAISY BATES as Kate Kavanagh
TOM BRODIE as Matt Kavanagh

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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

crew details
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

crew details
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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