This popular 1980s kids show, which went out at 5.15pm on Saturdays, followed the antics of the lovable silver robot, Metal Mickey, whose catchphrase was “Boogie boogie boogie”. He lived with the Wilberforce family and helped them around the house, often ending up in very funny situations. His biggest fan was Granny (played by Irene Handl), whose special pet name for him is “Fluffy”.
Memorable moments: Whenever Mickey is happy, the red electronic heart on his chest lights up and flashes – usually when he spots what he thinks is a female robot, but is in actual fact the family’s vacuum cleaner.
Trivia: In addition to his hugely popular annuals, lunchboxes and other merchandise, Metal Mickey had his own range of sweets called the Atomic Thunderbuster and sold over 90 tons.
One of the show’s directors was none other than former Monkee Michael (Micky) Dolenz (he also produced). Meanwhile, the programme’s writer Colin Bostock-Smith also penned sketch shows and sitcoms such as Alas Smith and Jones, Not the Nine O’Clock News and As Time Goes By.
Michael Stainton as Father
Georgina Melville as Mother
Ashley Knight as Ken
Lucinda Bateson as Haley
Lola Young as Janey
Gary Shail as Steve
Metal Mickey as Himself
Irene Handl as Granny
Writer: Colin Bostock-Smith
Music: Phil Coulter
Producer: Michael Dolenz
Network: ITV – London Weekend Television
Duration: 39×25 minute episodes
Aired From: 6 September 1980 – 15 January 1983
Clochemerle (BBC-2 1972, Cyril Cusack, Roy Dotrice)
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.
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
Writers: Ray Galton, Alan Simpson
Novel: Gabriel Chevallier
Producer: Michael Mills
Network and Production Companies: BBC Two – Bavaria
Duration: 9×30 minute episodes
Aired From: 18 February – 14 April 1972 Fridays at 10.05pm
Clairvoyant, The (BBC-2 1986, Roy Kinnear, Sandra Dickinson)
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.
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
Writer: Roy Clarke
Producer and Director: Alan J.W. Bell
Network and Production Companies: BBC-2
Duration: 6×30 minute episodes
Aired From: Pilot – 27 November 1984 and Series – 15 May – 19 June 1986
Christmas Princess (UP 2017, Nicole Munoz, Zak Santiago)
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.
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
Director: Allan Harmon
Writer: Tracy Andreen
Network and Production Companies: UP
Duration: 1×120 minute episode
Aired From: Sunday 10 December 2017
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