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McGuffin, The (BBC-2 1985, Charles Dance, Mark Rylance)

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In thriller The McGuffin film critic Paul Hatcher gets caught up in murder and blackmail after agreeing to take an old lady neighbour’s dog for a walk. He is soon up to his neck in political skullduggery and violence involving indiscreet photographs of a prominent government minister.

A real homage to the world of Hitchcock taking in lots of his movies, everything from Rear Window to The Trouble With Harry not least the McGuffin of the title which was a word coined by Alfred Hitchcock for the vital plot twists in the his films. The end credits were right on the money too.

Made for the BBC’s single drama strand Screen Two. Based on a novel by the superb John Bowen. Less phantasmagorical than his TV work like Robin Redbreast or The Ice House but still with that slightly otherworldly vibe to it.

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UK / BBC Two / 1×105 minute episode / Broadcast 12 January 1986

Writer: Michael Thomas / Novel: John Bowen / Production Design: Jim Clay / Producer: Kenith Trodd / Director: Colin Bucksey

Series: Screen Two Season 2 Episode 1

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Charles Dance as Paul Hatcher
Ann Todd as Mrs Forbes-Duthie
Mark Rylance as Gavin
Caliban (the dog) as Archie
Bill Shine, Neville Phillips, Paul McKenzie, Ray Shell as Rear Window Guys
Francis Matthews as Silver-Haired Gent
Stephen Ruff as Mickey Rooney
Roger Lloyd Pack as David Power
Sue Peacock as Newscaster
Brian Glover as Man In Brown
Chris Langham as Detective
Phyllis Logan as Anne
Anna Massey as Nina
Michael Aitkin as Rod Blue
Kenny Andrews as Phil
Ashok Kumar, Natasha Gomperts as Indian Teenagers
Giovanni Samaritani as Franco
Simona De Laurentis as Festival Hostess
Jerry Stiller as Marty de Rezke
Massimo Sarchielli as Fellaci
Issam El-Nasrawi as Egyptian
Mario Angelucci as Italian Juror
Ritza Brown as Celestia
Stephen Lewis as Sopwith
Mark Burdis as Alfie

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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

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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 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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