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Lassie (CBS 1954-1974 with Tommy Rettig and Jan Clayton)

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UK / CBS / X 90 minute episodes / September 12, 1954 – fall 1974

Family drama series. Unflappable and incredibly loyal and brave female collie dog Lassie who despite several changes in master always managed to be the hero of the hour.

The show was long running and underwent many cast and plot changes, initially Lassie belonged to Jeff Miller but in 1957 his mother sold the farm following the death of his grandfather (actor George Cleveland having died in real life) and the Martin family became the new owners of Lassie, in 1964 the Martin’s decided to emigrate to Australia leaving Lassie behind of course, elderly Cully Wilson looked after him for a while but following his death Lassie was taken in by ranger Corey Stuart, later in 1968 two new rangers were brought in but the producers were moving Lassie into more of an independent streak and by 1971 she was without a human companion at all.

In fact 1971 was a major year for Lassie as in a seven episode arc she fell in love with a male dog and gave birth to a litter of puppies. The show finished on CBS 12 September 1971 but continued in Syndication for a further three years and towards the end of the shows run Lassie again found herself with a human family, living on the Holden ranch in Solvang, California.

There was also an animated version called Lassie’s Rescue Rangers as well as a 1980’s revival called The New Lassie. The series of course was based on the novel by Eric Knight which in turn gave us the legendary MGM movie Lassie Come Home which starred Elizabeth Taylor and Roddy McDowell.

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TOMMY RETTIG as Jeff Miller (1954-57)
JAN CLAYTON as Ellen Miller (1954-57)
GEORGE CLEVELAND as “Gramps” Miller (1954-57)
DONALD KEELER as Sylvester “Porky” Brockway (1954-57)
PAUL MAXEY as Matt Brockway (1954-57)
JON PROVOST as Timmy (1957-64)
ARTHUR SPACE as Doc Weaver (1954-64)
CLORIS LEACHMAN as Ruth Martin (1957-58)
JON SHEPODD as Paul Martin (1957-58)
GEORGE CHANDLER as Uncle Petrie Martin (1958-59)
JUNE LOCKHART as Ruth Martin (1958- 64)
HUGH REILLY as Paul Martin (1958- 64)
TODD FERRELL as Boomer Bates (1958- 59)
ANDY CLYDE as Cully Wilson (1958- 64)
ROBERT BRAY as Corey Stuart (1964-69)
JED ALLAN as Scott Turner (1968-70)
JACK DE MAVE as Bob Erickson (1968-70)
RON HAYES as Garth Holden (1972-73)
SKIP BURTON as Ron Holden (1972-74)
JOSHUA ALBEE as Mike Holden (1972-74)
LARRY WILCOX as Dale Mitchell (1972-74)
LARRY PENNELL as Keith Holden (1973-74)
PAMELYN FERDIN as Lucy Baker (1973-74)
SHERRY BOUCHER as Sue Lambert (1973-74)

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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

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

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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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