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Man and Boy (BBC-1 2002, Ioan Gruffud, Natasha Little)

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In drama Man and Boy Harry Silver hits 30 and panics. He’s a successful TV producer, has a beautiful wife and the perfect child. But he throws it all away in a moment of infidelity.

After Harry’s one night stand, his shattered wife leaves him and gets a job as a translator in Japan. Harry’s left to bring up their young son Pat and confront the realities of fatherhood. He comes to rely on his own parents and starts to examine the role they’ve played in his own life. Ioan Gruffudd (Harry) and co-star Dominic Howell (Pat) quickly hit it off on set and discovered a shared love of computer games. “I love children and I love being around them,” reveals Ioan, “The most surprising thing was how Dominic responded to me. That made me feel fantastic – that he trusted me. We had a lot of fun.” Not being a father himself, Ioan turned to dad of two, director Simon Curtis, for advice. “Simon was able to offer a valuable insight into how children respond to certain situations.”

Ioan Gruffudd had just turned 28 when he was offered the role, so found himself in the unusual position on television of playing an older character. “Harry was a stepping stone for me to arrive at 30 with confidence,” he admits. “For an actor the part had everything. A relationship with a boy and his father, a relationship with two women, and an opportunity to run the whole gamut of emotion. All in one character – an actor’s dream.”

Among the cast of Man and Boy are Jack Shepherd and Pauline Collins as Harry’s parents Paddy and Betty. Harry has a strained relationship with his father, who’s unsympathetic to his son’s situation. He must also deal with egotistic chat show host Marty Mann, played by Ian McShane. At first, Harry handles the presenter with great skill. But following a disastrous encounter between Marty and a guest live on air, Harry’s life begins to crumble around him. Meanwhile, Harry’s wife Gina, played by Natasha Little, is missing out on her son growing up – precious moments such as his first day at school. Harry’s love interest Cyd, is played by American actress Elizabeth Mitchell, ER’s Dr Kim Legaspi.

Tony Parsons, author of ‘Man and Boy’ Novelist and journalist Tony Parsons wrote Man and Boy in 1999. It went on to become a best-selling novel in over 30 countries worldwide and has sold over 1.5 million copies. Tony was eager to make an appearance in the programme. “I liked the idea of doing a Hitchcock! But after I’d spent all that time on a freezing set in London, doing the same scenes endlessly, I became less enthusiastic about getting my equity card! But I’m glad I’m in there.”

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UK / BBC1 / 1x105m / Broadcast Saturday 30 March 2002 at 9:30pm (NOTE: Was rescheduled to 9:30 from original 9.00pm scheduled time due to coverage of the Queen Mother’s death)

Writer: Kevin Hood / Novel: Tony Parsons / Script Editor: Kate Lewis / Music: Rob Lane / Executive Producer: Laura Mackie / Producer: Kate Harwood / Director: Simon Curtis.

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Ioan Gruffudd as Harry Silver
Natasha Little as Gina Silver
Elizabeth Mitchell as Cyd Mason
Ian McShane as Marty Mann
Pauline Collins as Betty Silver
Jack Shepherd as Paddy Silver
Shelley Conn as Jasmine
Neil Conrich as Car Salesman
Dominic Howell as Pat Silver
Jason Barry as Eamon Fish
Terri Dumont as Sally
Cian Barry as Steve
Gary Bakewell as Jim
Timothy Watson as Richard
Robyn Hitchcock as Glenn
Georgina Rylance as Liza
Cecilia Parker as Peggy Mason
Leah Muller as Doctor Wickham
Glenna Morrison as Miss Waterhouse
William Buckhurst as Cliff
Al Fiorentini as Carlo
Israel Aduramo as Young Waiter
Beverley Longhurst as Triage Nurse
Rebecca Craig as Secretary
Jim McKinney as Vicar

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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

production details
Country: Canada
Network and Production Companies: UP
Duration: 1×120 minute episode
Aired From: Sunday 10 December 2017

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