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Moon And Son (BBC-1 1992, Millicent Martin, John Michie)

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In early 1990’s crime drama Moon and Son, Gladys Moon is a fortune teller who plies her trade along the French and English coastlines. Her son Trevor helps run the business side of things. The pair seem to find themselves in mystery wherever they go. The funny thing it’s Trevor who seems to really have the gift and is able to use it to help the police solve their cases.

Trevor is keen to see the business do well because according to his father’s will, in order to inherit his estate he has to keep both it and Gladys in a healthy financial state.

Moon and Son is considered a rare misfire for Robert Banks Stewart (creator of Bergerac and contributor to lots of classic shows during the 70’s). It only ran for one season of 13 episodes and in truth it’s generally quite entertaining with good performances from Millicent Martin and John Michie. It’s a series that is closer in spirit to Lovejoy than Bergerac.

Martin had spent most of the last two decades working in America and this was her return to UK television.

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UK / BBC One / 13×50 minute episodes / Broadcast 4 January – 28 March 1992

Creator and Producer: Robert Banks Stewart / Script Editor: Colin Giffin / Music: Denis King

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Millicent Martin as Gladys Moon
John Michie as Trevor Moon
Laure Killing as Cecile Coulmier
Ian Redford as Detective Sergeant Eavis

THE EPISODES
1. CRYSTAL CLEAR IT’S MURDER (4 Jan 92)
2. THE STAR OF FORTUNE (11 Jan 92)
3. G.I. JOE IS MISSING (18 Jan 92)
4. WHERE NO BIRDS SING (25 Jan 92)
5. THE HORNS OF CAPRICORN (1 Feb 92)
6. NEARLY DEARLY DEPARTED (8 Feb 92)
7. A FOREIGN BODY (15 Feb 92)
8. HER DEATH WAS SO SUDDEN (22 Feb 92)
9. PAT, PRESENT AND FUTURE (29 Feb 92)
10. MUSIC IN THE AIR (7 Mar 92)
11. THE CHINESE MEDICINE MAN (14 Mar 92)
12. THE PLACE OF COLD FIRES (21 Mar 92)
13. S.O.S. FROM A GEMINI (28 Mar 92)

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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

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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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