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Mrs Amworth (ITV 1978, Glynis Johns, Derek Francis)

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In Mrs Amworth, a small village in England is caught up in a virulent epidemic that is believed to be linked to an explosion in the gnat population but a local historian, Mr Urcombe is convinced that there is something more sinister afoot and that the vibrant Mrs Amworth holds the key to the mystery.

Another of those excellent half hour glossy one off productions that proliferated in the mid seventies, this was made for Harlech Television and although Mrs Amworth is clearly the village eccentric it isn’t until the last six or seven minutes that you realise just what is going on and that Mrs Amworth is in fact a vampire holding pretty much the entire village in her thrall. Works suprisingly well given its half hour running time.

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UK / ITV Network – HTV – OECA-Toronto – Highgate Associates / 1×30 minutes / Broadcast 15 June 1978

Writer: Hugh Whitemore / Story: E.F. Benson / Music: Arlon Ober, Harry Manfredini / Production Design: Disley Jones / Producer: William Deneen / Director: Alvin Rakoff

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GLYNIS JOHNS as Mrs Amworth
DEREK FRANCIS as Benson
JOHN PHILLIPS as Urcombe
PIP MILLER as David
RONALD RUSSELL as Major Pearsall
BETTY TUCKER as Mrs Pearsall
HUBERT TUCKER as Clergyman
REX HOLDSWORTH as Dr Ross
ROGER DAVIDSON as Young Doctor
PAUL HAMSHIRE as Young Policeman

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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

crew details
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

production details
Country: Canada
Network and Production Companies: UP
Duration: 1×120 minute episode
Aired From: Sunday 10 December 2017

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