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Kessler (BBC-1 1981 with Clifford Rose and Alan Dobie)

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UK / BBC One / 6×50 minute episodes / Broadcast 13 November – 18 December 1981

Writer: John Brason / Producer: Gerard Glaister / Director: Tristan DeVere Cole

Thriller serial. Spin off from Secret Army. 35 Years after the end of World War II, a Belgian TV show producer discovers that prominent German businessman Manfred Dorff might just former SS Officer Ludwig Kessler, also interested in Kessler is German secret service agent Richard Bauer and israeli girl Mical Rak whose mother and family were sent to Auschwitz on Kessler’s orders.

As the net closes in on Kessler he is forced to flee to South America to join forces with other Nazis hiding out there including Mengele and Boorman. Kessler holds the key to the remaining Nazi fortune (which now numbers in the billions of deutschmarks thanks to Dorff Industries and investments). Kessler’s oldest colleague Colonel Hans Ruckert wants the money to keep the old Nazi faithful in comfort until the “Der Tag” (the day) when the party can rise again and Kessler’s daughter Ingrid is keen to convince him to give the money to her young organisation. Meanwhile as Bauer and Rak team up to track Kessler in South America the bodies are starting to pile up.

A brilliant idea this, take the much hated Kessler (superbly played by Clifford Rose) and tap into the then current idea of leading Nazis hiding out in South America and the like and turn it into a first rate thriller. Alan Dobie is his usual terrific self and Nitza Saul as Mical Rak is a great find – sexy and able to be tough when she needs to. Shame she didn’t do more UK film and TV. There is also a nice touch with the same Secret Army theme music and appearances in the first episode from Albert, Monique and Natalie (mainstays of SA) who get together to help confirm to Belgian TV producer Gidney that Dorff is indeed Kessler.

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Clifford Rose as Ludwig Kessler / Herr Dorff
Alan Dobie as Richard Bauer
Nitza Saul as Mical Rak
Ralph Michael as Colonel Hans Rückert
Alison Glennie as Ingrid
Nicholas Young as Franz

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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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Christmas Reunion, A (Lifetime 2015, Catherine Hicks, Denise Richards)

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In A Christmas Reunion a Madison Avenue executive, Amy, discovers an unusual Christmas surprise when she inherits her Aunt’s hometown bakery. The real surprise comes when she learns the other half of the bakery was left to her long-ago boyfriend, Jack.

Unresolved personal issues resurface between them, as the exes return home to co-manage the store, along with its traditional holiday cookie bake-off.

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Denise Richards as Amy Stone
Patrick Muldoon as Jack Evans
Jake Busey as Dylan Carruthers
Catherine Hicks as Aunt Linda
Parker Stevenson as Don Dupree
Patricia De Leon as Janette Crowder
Jon Briddell as Luke Crowder
Robert R. Shafer as Frank O’Brien
Anna Barnholtz as Chloe
John Colton as Steve Evans
Sandra Evans as Shari
Brody Fitzgerald as Young Jack Evans
Michael Gaglio as Earl Pratt, Sr.
Gib Gerard as Earl Pratt, Jr.
Joyce Greenleaf as Helen

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Director: Sean Olson
Writers: Margaret Base, Mary Glenn, Sam Irvin, Sean Olson, Peter Sullivan, Michael Varrat

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Country: USA
Network and Production Companies: Lifetime – Hybrid
Duration: 1×120 minute episode
Aired From: 13 December 2015

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