Miss Austen Regrets which stars Olivia Williams as Austen and tells the story of her actually quite short life (she was only 41 when she died) through her writings and her letters, the sad fact being that although she is considered the leading light on matters of the heart she herself never married, although at the age of 21 she did fall for a visiting friend of neighbours although once his holiday was over she never saw him again.
Later a friend of the family did propose and she accepted but withdrew it the next day (it would have purely been a marriage of convenience). Austen’s life is actually quite sad, constrained by the time she lived in and lack of opportunities for women and Williams captures that melancholic feeling down to a tee.
This is no simple special feature though, this is a large scale production and besides Williams the cast also includes Greta Scacchi, Hugh Bonneville and Phyllida Law.
UK / BBC One – BBC Films – WGBH Boston / 1×90 minute episode / Broadcast 27 April 2008
Writer: Gwyneth Hughes / Music: Jennie Muskett / Production Design: Melanie Allen / Executive Producers: Rebecca Eaton, David M. Thompson / Producers: Anne Pivcevic and Jamie Laurenson / Director: Jeremy Lovering
Olivia Williams as Jane Austen
Samuel Roukin as Harris Bigg
Greta Scacchi as Cassandra Austen
Imogen Poots as Fanny Knight
Phyllida Law as Mrs Austen
Pip Torrens as Edward Austen Knight
Harry Gostelow as Reverend Charles Papillon
Tom Hiddleston as Mr John Plumptre
Hugh Bonneville as Reverend Brook Bridges
Tom Goodman-Hill as Mr Lushington MP
Adrian Edmondson as Henry Austen
Sylvie Herbert as Mme Bigeon
Jack Huston as Doctor Charles Haden
Jason Watkins as Reverend Clarke
Sally Tatum as Anna Lefroy
Clochmerle (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 Clochmerle 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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