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Lillie (ITV 1978, Francesca Annis, Anton Rodgers)

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A hugely popular and critical success in its day Lillie really had its roots in the earlier and equally popular 1975 production of Edward the Seventh which also saw Francesca Annis briefly playing Langtry.

The life of Lillie, told over the course of 13 episodes, was one of real rags to riches variations, having been born the daughter of a humble Channel Islander clergyman she rose to become the glamour figure of her day. Elizabeth Taylor or Paris Hilton could only imagine what it would be like to be her, courted by royalty and the most influential and intellectual figures of her day on both sides of the atlantic.

Anton Rodgers plays Lillie’s weak husband Edward who has to stand by and watch as Lillie becomes the plaything of Edward (or Bertie to his friends), the Prince of Wales (a role for the always excellent Denis Lill). Francesca Annis, always beautiful and deserving of her BAFTA for best actress, does a wonderful job as Lillie aging from a sparkling ingenue of 16 to a seen it all 70. Along the way embracing the likes of Oscar Wilde (Peter Egan) and James Whistler (Don Fellows) and the rest of well to do society.

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UK / ITV – London Weekend Television / 13×60 minute episodes / 1978

Writers: David Butler, John Gorrie / Idea: Mike Smith / Book: James Brough / Music: Joseph Horovitz / Executive Producer: Tony Wharmby / Producer: Jack Williams

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Francesca Annis as Lillie Langtry
Anton Rodgers as Edward Langtry
Patrick Holt as Dean Le Breton
Brian Deacon as Frank Miles
Don Fellows as J.M. Whistler
Basil Hoskins as J.E. Milais
Debbie Farrington as Sally
Denis Lill as Bertie
Peter Egan as Oscar Wilde
Ann Firbank as Queen Alexandria
Jennie Linden as Patsy Cornwallis-West
John Castle as Prince Louis of Battenberg
Annette Crosbie as Henrietta Labouchere
Michael J. Shannon as Freddie Gebhard
Simon Shepherd as Lord Alfred Douglas
John Justin as Paul Esterhazy
James Warwick as Hugo De Bathe

THE EPISODES 24 September – 17 December 1978
1. EMILIE (24 Sep 78)
2. MRS LANGTRY (1 Oct 78)
3. THE JERSEY LILY (8 Oct 78)
4. THE NEW HELEN (15 Oct 78)
5. BERTIE (22 Oct 78)
6. LET THEM SAY (29 Oct 78)
7. THE SAILOR PRINCE (5 Nov 78)
8. GOING ON THE STAGE (12 Nov 78)
9. AMERICA! (19 Nov 78)
10. HOME ON THE RANGE (26 Nov 78)
11. MR JERSEY (3 Dec 78)
12. SUNSET AND EVENING STAR (10 Dec 78)
13. FIFTY CENTS A DANCE (17 Dec 78)

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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

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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