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Mad Dogs (Sky1 2011, John Simm, Philip Glenister)

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In thriller series Mad Dogs a quartet of old friends (Woody, Quinn, Baxter and Rick) are invited to spend a few weeks with the fifth member of their old “gang” at his luxury villa in Spain. The group are now in their forties and their lives have all moved in different directions, none of them have made a huge success of their lives apart from Alvo who is seriously rich and living the high life in Mallorca.

The visit is supposed to be to celebrate Alvo’s early retirement but it soon becomes clear that there are some sinister things going on, not least when a midget hitman wearing a Tony Blair mask blunders into the villa and shoots Alvo. Soon the boys are deciding to cover up the murder…

Filmed on location in Mallorca Mad Dogs is excellent, deliciously black with a fabulous cast and marking the working together of John Simm and Philip Glenister for the first time since the iconic Life on Mars. There is a nicely what on Earth is going on vibe as things start to spiral out of control and we learn what Alvo’s motives really are for bringing the boys over to the villa.

As the series progressed things got weirder and weirder with the CIA getting involved and the show turning into something of a travelogue as the quartet ended up having to assume new identities in South Africa. In the two part finale the boys finally got to return to the UK but their rosy return home is not quite as rosy as they hoped and a final return to South Africa led to an ambiguous ending that left many viewers confused as to whether the boys were actually dead or alive.

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production details
UK / Sky One – Left Bank Pictures / 14×60 minute episodes / Broadcast Thursday 10 February 2011 – 29 December 2013

Writer: Cris Cole / Stunt Co-Ordinator: Gareth Milne / Costumes: Mary Jane Reyner / Music: Martin Phipps / Production Design: David Roger / Executive Producer: Elaine Pyke, Suzanne Mackie, Andy Harries / Producer: Spencer Campbell / Director: Adrian Shergold

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JOHN SIMM as Baxter
MAX BEESLEY as Woody
MARC WARREN as Rick
PHILIP GLENISTER as Quinn
BEN CHAPLIN as Alvo
TIM WOODWARD as Dominic
ELOISE JOSEPH as Lottie
TOMAS POZZI as Tony

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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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Christmas Reunion, A (Lifetime 2015, Catherine Hicks, Denise Richards)

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A Christmas Reunion Lifetime

In A Christmas Reunion a Madison Avenue executive, Amy, discovers an unusual Christmas surprise when she inherits her Aunt’s hometown bakery. The real surprise comes when she learns the other half of the bakery was left to her long-ago boyfriend, Jack.

Unresolved personal issues resurface between them, as the exes return home to co-manage the store, along with its traditional holiday cookie bake-off.

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Denise Richards as Amy Stone
Patrick Muldoon as Jack Evans
Jake Busey as Dylan Carruthers
Catherine Hicks as Aunt Linda
Parker Stevenson as Don Dupree
Patricia De Leon as Janette Crowder
Jon Briddell as Luke Crowder
Robert R. Shafer as Frank O’Brien
Anna Barnholtz as Chloe
John Colton as Steve Evans
Sandra Evans as Shari
Brody Fitzgerald as Young Jack Evans
Michael Gaglio as Earl Pratt, Sr.
Gib Gerard as Earl Pratt, Jr.
Joyce Greenleaf as Helen

crew details
Director: Sean Olson
Writers: Margaret Base, Mary Glenn, Sam Irvin, Sean Olson, Peter Sullivan, Michael Varrat

production details
Country: USA
Network and Production Companies: Lifetime – Hybrid
Duration: 1×120 minute episode
Aired From: 13 December 2015

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Final Vision (ID 2017, Scott Foley, Dave Annable)

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Final Vision ID

Final Vision is a twisted psychological thriller and a true-crime drama based on the longest running criminal case in U.S. history. It’s the story of Jeffrey MacDonald (Foley), a handsome, Ivy League-educated U.S. Army Green Beret doctor, who was convicted of brutally murdering his pregnant wife and two young daughters in the middle of the night.

Told through the eyes of best-selling author Joe McGinniss (Annable), who was approached by MacDonald to write a book about his personal nightmare as he was about to go to trial.

cast
Scott Foley as Jeffrey MacDonald
Dave Annable as Joe McGinniss
John Doman as Bernie Segal
Lochlyn Munro as Wade Smith
Jessica Harmon as Colette MacDonald
Caroline Aaron as Leslie Sterling
Primo Allon as MP Sergeant
Julia Maren Baker as Kimberly MacDonald
Julia Benson as Nancy McGinniss
Baylee Breen-Wood as Kristen MacDonald
April Cameron as Nurse at St. Mary’s
Aaron Craven as James Blackburn
Bruce Dawson as Doctor
Parveen Dosanjh as Woman at Party
Lane Edwards as Brian Murtagh

crew details
Writer: Denis O’Neill
Director:  Nicholas McCarthy
Executive Producers: Angela Bromstad, Christine Connor, Linda Berman S

production details
Country:  USA
Network and Production Companies: ID – Lincoln Square Productions
Duration: 1×120 minute episode
Aired From:  Sunday 10 December 2017

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