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Martin Chuzzlewit (BBC-2 1994, Paul Scofield, Tom Wilkinson)

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Oscar winner Paul Scofield leads a glittering cast in this lavish production of Martin Chuzzlewit, Charles Dickens’ funniest novel. Set in England and America, this classic tale of greed, lies and deceit features a host of memorable characters who will stop at nothing to get their hands on Old Martin Chuzzlewit’s money. Will it go to Seth Pecksniff who burrows into the old man’s favor with hilarious obsequiousness? Will the grasping Jonas Chuzzlewit stoop to murder in order to get his hands on the inheritance? Or will the strutting reptile Tigg Montague engineer their downfall? Can the disinherited Young Martin return from America in time to save his grandfather from his own relatives?

A magnificent array of Dickens’ strongest characters, combined with a thrilling tale, ensure a top television experience. Also starring Tom Wilkinson (Prime Suspect, Priest, The Full Monty), Pete Postlethwaite (In the Name of the Father, Brassed Off), Julia Sawalha ( Absolutely Fabulous, Pride and Prejudice), Keith Allen (Shallow Grave, Trainspotting), Elizabeth Spriggs and Joan Sims.

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UK / BBC Two – WGBH / 1×80 minute episodes 5×60 minute episodes / Broadcast 7 November – 12 December 1994

Writer: David Lodge / Novel: Charles Dickens / Script Editor: Nell Denton / Music: Geoffrey Burgon / Executive Producer: Rebecca Eaton / Producer: Chris Parr / Director: Pedr James

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Paul Scofield as Old Martin Chuzzlewit
Tom Wilkinson as Seth Pecksniff
Emma Chambers as Charity Pecksniff
Philip Franks as Tom Pinch
Julia Sawalha as Mercy Pecksniff
Keith Allen as Jonas Chuzzlewit
Pauline Turner as Mary Graham
Maggie Steed as Mrs Todgers
Steve Nicolson as Mark Tapley
Lynda Bellingham as Mrs Lupin
Peter Wingfield as John Westlock
Pete Postlethwaite as Montague Tigg
Peter Hugo Daly as Chevy Slyme
Ben Walden as Young Martin Chuzzlewit
Paul Francis as Bailey
Cornelia Hayes O’Herlihy as Ruth Pinch
John Padden as Augustus Moddle
David Bradley as David Crimple
Sam Kelly as Mr Mould
Joan Sims as Betsy Prig
Graham Stark as Nadget

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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

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

crew details
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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