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Man At The Top (ITV 1970-72, Kenneth Haigh, Zena Walker)

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Man at the Top continues the story of Joe Lampton as created by novelist John Braine and also seen in the movies Room at the Top and Life at the Top.  Joe has spent the last 13 years battling his way up the business ladder, he is now pretty wealthy and living in Surrey’s stockbroker belt. As a management consultant Joe knows just how to handle people, especially if they happen to be nubile females.

Joe has quite an antogonistic relationship with his wife Susan who is all too aware of his dalliances with other women but realises that her place in the world is reliant on Joe. He doesn’t have an overly great relationship with his two kids Harry and Kim, but for all his gruff business exterior he actually does show an unexpected level of kindness sometimes to those around him.

Quite a daring series for its era, Man at the Top is lifted even higher by a superb central performance from the charismatic Kenneth Haigh as Joe and an equally strong one from Zena Walker as his wife Susan.

Lots of bed hopping, lots of back stabbing, lots of swearing and some very cool fashions and set design.

The jazz tinged theme tune by Robert Earley is superb too. Guest stars included the likes of Donald Houston, a pre Doctor Who Katy Manning (who ends up having a fling with Joe despite the fact that it is his son Harry who really has the hots for her), Gabrielle Drake, Michael Kitchen, Gareth Thomas, Edward Petherbridge and Mark McManus.

For the second season different actors were brought in for the roles of Harry and Joe’s father in law Abe Brown. The year following the end of the series saw the big screen outing also called Man At The Top this was easily the equal of the series despite carrying only Haigh over from the series.

production details
UK / ITV Network – Thames / 23×60 minute episodes / Broadcast 14 December 1970 – 4 September 1972

Creator: John Braine / Theme Music: Robert Earley / Producers: George Markstein, Jaqueline Davis, Lloyd Shirley

cast
KENNETH HAIGH as Joe Lampton
ZENA WALKER as Susan Lampton
KEITH SKINNER as Harry Lampton (season one)
BRENDAN PRICE as Harry Lampton (season two)
MARK DIGNAM as Abe Brown (season one)
PAUL HARDWICK as Abe Brown (season two)
AVICE LANDON as Margaret Brown
JAMES DONNELLY as Teddy Soames (season one)

THE EPISODES
SEASON ONE 14 December 1970 – 22 February 1971
1. CHARITY BEGINS AT HOME
2. IT’S ALL PERFECTLY TRUE
3. TOO GOOD FOR THIS WORLD
4. THE PRIME OF LIFE
5. JOIN THE HUMAN RACE
6. I’LL DO THE DIRTY WORK
7. THE NAME BUT NOT THE GAME
8. CHANGE PARTNERS
9. …A BIT OF SPARE, NOTHING ELSE
10. FIXTURES AND FITTINGS

SEASON TWO 5 June – 4 September 1972
1. YOU’LL NEVER UNDERSTAND WOMEN
2. A VERY DESIRABLE PROPERTY
3. THE KNACKER’S YARD
4. NOBODY GETS IN MY WAY
5. A MUG LIKE ME
6. WELCOME ON THE MAT
7. HOW TO MAKE A FORTUNE
8. ALL VERY HUSH HUSH
9. DON’T ROCK THE BOAT
10. LIVING LIKE A LORD
11. HIGH STAKES
12. WINNERS ARE LOSERS
13. THE FOREMAN’S JOB AT LAST

MAN AT THE TOP THE MOVIE

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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
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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.

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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
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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 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.

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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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