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Manchild (BBC-2 2002-2003, Nigel Havers, Anthony Head)

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What happens when four mates hit 50? They’ve still got their looks, they’ve got plenty of money and they’ve enough time on their hands to get up to all sorts of mischief. Manchild’s ageing lads will strike a chord with any bloke mourning the passing years and with all women who have to endure the resulting angst.

Leader of the pack is Terry, played by that master of the affable rogue, Nigel Havers. Terry has convinced himself that life has never been sweeter, now that he’s divorced and free to indulge his every whim. But real life keeps getting in the way. Anthony Head is James, a handsome, divorced, slightly dippy dentist. He must be dippy because he still regards Terry as his schoolboy hero. Don Warrington is Patrick. A committed sophisticate and career bachelor, he’s nevertheless concerned that there’s more to life than the relentless pursuit of fun. The fourth member of the group is Gary, played by Ray Burdis. Gary is different because he’s still married. But that doesn’t seem to stop him acting like he isn’t.

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Part of Manchild’s appeal is the strong ensemble acting but Havers’ portrayal of Terry is a revelation for anyone who thought he could only play straight rotters, toffs and heroes. The role demands a sharp ironic edge and Havers is well up to providing it. He’s especially good in the asides to camera, which work even better because we know the man delivering them is an actor whose own charm and youthful looks have kept the wolf from his door for decades.

The manchildren are all supposed to be about 50 but, in fact, there’s a nine-year age spread between the four principal actors. You’d never know, though, which is a tribute to the performers and the high production values of the show. Born in 1958, Burdis is the baby of the bunch. Head comes next with a birthdate of 1954. Warrington (1952) was actually bang on the money when the first series was made in 2002. Perhaps it’s no surprise that Havers is the Manchild Daddy: he was born in 1949.

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UK / BBC Two / 15×30 minute episodes / Broadcast 19 February 2002 – 15 April 2003

Writer: Nick Fisher / Producers: Sophie Clarke-Jervoise, Pete Thornton.

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Nigel Havers as Terry
Anthony Head as James
Don Warrington as Patrick
Ray Burdis as Ray

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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

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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

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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

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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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