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For The Love Of Ada (ITV 1970-1971, Irene Handl, Wilfred Pickles)

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A surprisingly gentle sitcom from Vince Powell and Harry Driver (of Mind Your Language and Love Thy Neighbour infamy) For The Love of Ada focused on Ada and Walter, a pair of pensioners, who suprise their families by falling in love.

When the series begins Ada Creswell (Irene Handl) is a widow and Walter Bingley (Wifred Pickles) is the gravedigger who buried her husband. The couple end up becoming friendly and gradually fall in love. Ada’s daughter, Ruth Polliter lives next door to her with her husband, Leslie.

Ruth and Leslie don’t really approve of Ada’s involvement with Walter, but they have to accept that they can’t do anything to prevent them from seeing one another.

The first season dealt with the developing relationship between Ada and Walter. In the second series, they are busy making wedding plans and finally tie the knot at the end of the second season. By the time of the fourth season the pair had become proud grandparents after Ruth and Leslie had a baby boy.

There was a short special broadcast as part of ITV’s All Star Comedy Carnival on 25 Dec 1970 and there was a 45 minute Christmas special to bring the series to a close on 26 December 1971. The following year there was a big screen outing (also called For The Love of Ada) which ran over much of the same ground. This was part of the massive trend in early seventies British cinema to make film versions of popular sitcoms. They were all pretty big money spinners despite none of them being that good.

There was also an American version called A Touch of Grace which ran on ABC for one season of 22 episodes in 1973.

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UK / ITV – Thames / 26×25 minute episodes 1×45 minute episode and one short special / Broadcast 20 April 1970 – 26 December 1971

Writers: Vince Powell, Harry Driver / Producer: Ronnie Baxter

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Irene Handl as Ada Cresswell/Bingley
Wilfred Pickles as Walter Bingley
Barbara Mitchell as Ruth Pollitt
Jack Smethurst as Leslie Pollitt

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Clochemerle (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 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 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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