Created by the legendary Maurice Gran and Laurence Marks (of Shine on Harvey Moon fame) Love Hurts when it first appeared on our screens in 1992 felt like a proper grown up series, in the sense that it was a show about a relationship with all its ups and downs that didn’t need to rely on gimmicks or sensationalist storylines.
At the series start Tessa Piggott (Zoe Wanamaker) has just ditched both her high flying city job and her lover (who just happens to be her boss) and taken up a new post with third world development agency SEED, the last thing she is looking for is another relationship but plumber turned millionaire businessman Frank Carver has other ideas. He falls hard for Tessa and much of the first season sees the two getting to know each other but not quite willing to commit in fact at the end of the season it looks like they are going to go there separate ways;
Season two picks things up six months later a business deal brings Frank and Tessa closer together once more and whilst on a business trip to Russia Tessa realises how much she loves Frank (spurred on in part by Franks working relationship with his attractive Russian colleague Marisha (Joanna Kanska) and the pair decide to get married. Back in England the realities of married life hits them but most of their energies are directed into setting up a Foundation to help Russian orphans;
In the third and final season Frank and Tessa have a little arrival and have to cope with being middle aged parents and over the course of the season the pair realise that their futures may just not lie with each other…
A first rate and very enjoyable series, it was unusual at the time to have a romantic drama series featuring two older characters and there is a great chemistry between Adam Faith and Zoe Wanamaker that really adds to the enjoyment of the show.
The theme tune is called Love Hurts but is not the Bourdeaux-Bryant classic.
UK / BBC One – Alamo – SelecTV / 30×50 minute episodes / Broadcast 3 January 1992 – 18 March 1994
Creators: Laurence Marks, Maurice Gran / Music: Alan Hawkshaw / Theme Sung by Peter Polycarpou / Script Editor: Devora Pope / Executive Producer: Allan McKeown, Maurice Gran
ADAM FAITH as Frank Carver
ZOE WANAMAKER as Tessa Piggott
JANE LAPOTAIRE as Diane Warbury
TONY SELBY as Max Taplow
STEPHEN MOORE as Hugh Marriner
SUZANNE BERTISH as Mirav Levison
Clochmerle (BBC-2 1972, Cyril Cusack, Roy Dotrice)
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.
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
Writers: Ray Galton, Alan Simpson
Novel: Gabriel Chevallier
Producer: Michael Mills
Network and Production Companies: BBC Two – Bavaria
Duration: 9×30 minute episodes
Aired From: 18 February – 14 April 1972 Fridays at 10.05pm
Clairvoyant, The (BBC-2 1986, Roy Kinnear, Sandra Dickinson)
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.
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
Writer: Roy Clarke
Producer and Director: Alan J.W. Bell
Network and Production Companies: BBC-2
Duration: 6×30 minute episodes
Aired From: Pilot – 27 November 1984 and Series – 15 May – 19 June 1986
Christmas Princess (UP 2017, Nicole Munoz, Zak Santiago)
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.
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
Director: Allan Harmon
Writer: Tracy Andreen
Network and Production Companies: UP
Duration: 1×120 minute episode
Aired From: Sunday 10 December 2017
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