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Life And Adventures Of Nicholas Nickleby, The (ITV 2001, James D’Arcy)

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Period drama The Life And Adventures Of Nicholas Nickleby was based on one of Charles Dicken’s most loved novels, heavily based on the author’s own life. James D’Arcy stars as the titular Nicholas, who along with his sister Kate (Sophia Myles) is forced to go and live with their evil uncle Ralph Nickleby (played by the always watchable Charles Dance who seems to be making a career out of villains these days) following the death of their father.

Nicholas soon sees a way out by training to become a school teacher under the tutelage of Mr Squeers only to find the school little more than a workhouse where the pupils are bullied mercilessly, he takes under his wing the boy Smike (Lee Ingleby) and is later forced to flee to London meanwhile his sister Kate attempts to become a dressmaker but finds the devious Uncle Ralph has a sinister plan for her.

Very well realised and with a script by Martyn Edward Hesford that sticks closely to the source material Nicholas Nickleby is a treat, from it’s fine period outlook to the quality cast that also includes the brilliant Gregor Fisher, Pam Ferris, Diana Kent, Tom Hollander and Liz Smith.

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UK / ITV – Company Pictures / 2×96 minute episodes / Broadcast 8-15 April 2001

Writer: Martyn Edward Hesford / Novel: Charles Dickens / Script Editor: Eleanor Moran / Music: Colin Towns / Executive Producers: Charles Pattinson, Suzan Harrison, George Faber / Producer: Nicolas Brown / Director: Stephen Whittaker

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Diana Kent as Mrs Nickleby
Richard Katz as Mr Lenville
James D’Arcy as Nicholas Nickleby
Sophia Myles as Kate Nickleby
George Innes as Newman Noggs
Charles Dance as Ralph Nickleby
Gregor Fisher as Mr Squeers
Chris Roebuck as Wackford Squeers Jr
Debbie Chazen as Fanny Squeers
Lee Ingleby as Smike
Abigail McKern as Miss La Creevy
Tom Ellis as John Browdie
Donald Sumpter as Mr Brooker
Malcolm Tierney as Mr Crummles
Jacqueline Tong as Mrs Crummles
Hannah Storey as Tilda Price
Ruth Chapman as The Infant Phenomenon
John Dallimore as Vicar
Roderic Culver as Lord Verisopht
Dominic West as Sir Mulberry Hawk
Frank Mills as Arthur Gride
Liz Smith as Peg Sliderskew
Katherine Holme as Madeleine Bray
Philip Bond as Mr. Walter Bray
Tom Hiddleston as Lord

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Clochemerle (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 Clochemerle 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

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

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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

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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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