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Manimal (NBC 1983, Simon McCorkindale, Melody Anderson)

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This crossbreed of science fiction, superhero, and crime show drama resulted in one of the most unusual series in the history of prime time television. Created by Battlestar Galactica creator Glen Larson and Donald Boyle, Manimal chronicled the adventures of Professor Jonathan Chase, an animal behaviorist with the ability to transform at will into any number of animals. His many guises included a house cat, a hawk, a snake, and his most popular of alter egos, a black panther.

Chase, who had learned the “secrets that divide man from animal” from his late father, decided to use his power for the forces of good, assisting the New York Police Department as a consultant in a special investigative unit that used animals in criminology. But Chase kept his powers a secret from all but two people: co-worker Detective Brooke McKenzie and his assistant, Ty Earle. And yes, that familiar voice you heard during the show’s opening narration was that of William Conrad, the famed Rocky and Bullwinkle narrator and star of Cannon.

Manimal was an early casualty of the 1983-84 season, lasting only eight episodes before cancellation in December of 1983. However, it has stayed in the collective consciousness of science-fiction fans for representing a memorable extreme of the genre.

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USA / NBC – Twentieth Century Fox – Glen A. Larson Prod. / 1×70 minute episode 7×50 minute episodes / Broadcast 30 September – 31 December 1983

Creator and Producer: Glen A. Larson / Executive Producer: Glen A. Larson, Paul Mason / Special Effects: Stan Winston, Al Wright

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SIMON McCORKINDALE as Jonathan Chase
MELODY ANDERSON as Brooke McKenzie
MICHAEL D.ROBERTS as Tyrone ‘Ty’ Earl
RENI SANTONI as Lt Rivera
WILLIAM CONRAD as Narrator

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Clochmerle (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 Clochmerle 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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