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Margot (BBC-4 2009, Anne-Marie Duff, Lindsay Duncan)

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The incredible story of legendary ballet dancer Margot Fonteyn is brought to vivid life in this drama.

With a brilliant central performance from Ann-Marie Duff and beginning when Margot is forty and is Britain’s first international ballet star, the drama is compelling look at the life of this woman as she nears the end of her performing career, despite having caused a sensation with her partnership with Rudolph Nureyev, and is clearly uncertain which way her life is now going to go. Margot is also pulled apart by the increasingly flagrant affairs of her husband – Panamanian diplomat Roberto de Arias (played by Con O’Neill) and seriously begins to consider retirement.

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Anne-Marie Duff as Margot Fonteyn
Penelope Wilton as B.Q
Con O’Neill as Tito
Lindsay Duncan as Madam
Derek Jacobi as Fred Ashton
Matthew Hart as Michael Somes
Michelle Bonnard as Sally
Margot Leicester as Cathy
Michiel Huisman as Rudolph Nureyev
Anton Lukovkin as Eric
Tatiana Lavrentieva as Elderly Russian Lady
Ben Stott as Good-Looking Boy
Robert Perkins as Mr. McDonald
Dimitri Gruzdyev as Dancer
Ksenia Ovsyanick as Dancer

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Writer: Amanda Coe, inspired by the book by Meredith Daneman
Script Editor: Tom Winchester
Music: Richard Vallance
Director of Photography: Florian Hoffmeister
Production Designer: David Roger
Executive Producers: Jamie Laurenson, Michele Buck, Amanda Coe and Damien Timmer
Producer: Celia Duval
Director: Otto Bathurst

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Country: UK
Network: BBC Four – Mammoth
Duration: 1×90 minute episode minute episode
Aired From: 30 November 2009

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Clochmerle (BBC-2 1972, Cyril Cusack, Roy Dotrice)

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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

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 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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