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Mountbatten: A Television History (ITV 1969)

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Documentary series Mountbatten: A Television History was a mammoth undertaking telling the life story of Lord Mountbatten the Last Viceroy of India.

The 12 part series followed Mountbatten, the great grandson of Queen Victoria, through his earliest days in the Navy and his role in world war II as Supreme Allied Commander-South East Asia through to his role as the last Viceroy of India where he helped bring about Independence for that country (after Independence he was asked to remain as the the first Governor-General of free India).

In the 1950’s Mountbatten became First Sea Lord of the British Navy. The documentary follows him up until 1969. Louis Mountbatten was murdered by the IRA while sailing near his holiday home in County Sligo, Ireland, on 27th August, 1979. The series also works as a great overview of the twentieth century itself.

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“I was born in the year 1900… I have lived through all the tremendous changes of the twentieth century; social, political, technological. This has been a troubled century-but it’s been exciting too.”

On Thursday 19 December 1968 @ 11.00pm a 45 minute Royal Preview took a look at the forthcoming series. Director was Steve Minchin.

Mountbatten was the subject of a special edition of This Is Your Life hosted by Eamonn Andrews and broadcast on the ITV Network Monday 26 December 1977 @ 1:20pm, this ran for a long 70 minutes instead of the usual 30 minutes (Producer was Jack Crawshaw) and four years earlier on the ITV Network on Monday 1 January 1973 6.45pm he appeared on Opportunity Knocks of all things, presenting the trophy for the overall winner of the previous years series (contenders included Bobby Crush, Frankie Stevens and Candlewick Green)

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UK / ITV – Imperial War Musem / 12×60 minutes / 1969

Producer: Peter Morley / Film Editors: John Zambardi and Alan Afrait / Sound Recordist: Basil Rootes / Dubbing Mixer: Freddie Slade / Cameraman: Michael Rhodes / Script research: Michael Nicholson and CDR. R Bousfield RN / Film Research: John Rowe / Dubbing Editors: Rosemary Macloughlin and David Martindale / Narrator: Alec Mango

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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

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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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Christmas Reunion, A (Lifetime 2015, Catherine Hicks, Denise Richards)

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In A Christmas Reunion a Madison Avenue executive, Amy, discovers an unusual Christmas surprise when she inherits her Aunt’s hometown bakery. The real surprise comes when she learns the other half of the bakery was left to her long-ago boyfriend, Jack.

Unresolved personal issues resurface between them, as the exes return home to co-manage the store, along with its traditional holiday cookie bake-off.

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Denise Richards as Amy Stone
Patrick Muldoon as Jack Evans
Jake Busey as Dylan Carruthers
Catherine Hicks as Aunt Linda
Parker Stevenson as Don Dupree
Patricia De Leon as Janette Crowder
Jon Briddell as Luke Crowder
Robert R. Shafer as Frank O’Brien
Anna Barnholtz as Chloe
John Colton as Steve Evans
Sandra Evans as Shari
Brody Fitzgerald as Young Jack Evans
Michael Gaglio as Earl Pratt, Sr.
Gib Gerard as Earl Pratt, Jr.
Joyce Greenleaf as Helen

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Director: Sean Olson
Writers: Margaret Base, Mary Glenn, Sam Irvin, Sean Olson, Peter Sullivan, Michael Varrat

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Country: USA
Network and Production Companies: Lifetime – Hybrid
Duration: 1×120 minute episode
Aired From: 13 December 2015

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