Subtitled A Flaxborough Chronicle and based on the comic novels of Colin Watson, Murder Most English is a quirky and thoroughly entertaining BBC series from prime era mid 1970’s. The much under rated Anton Rodgers plays Detective Inspector Purbright working for Flaxborough CID. Ably assisting him is soon to be James Herriott and TV heart throb Christopher Timothy as Detective Sergeant Love.
Things are not quite as they seem in well to do Flaxborough and Purbright and Love are soon getting mixed up with spies, damsels in distress and of course murder.
There are some great faces popping up too, everyone from Moray Watson, Christopher Benjamin, Brenda Bruce, Stephanie Cole and the wonderful John Comer (Sid from Last of the Summer Wine). Interestingly the first story is a one and a half parter and the next story begins midway through an episode, this actually works quite well as you are already drawn into the drama by that stage.
With excellent scripts from the always reliable Richard Harris and a tongue in cheek atmosphere Murder Most English is wonderful company. Rodgers is quietly excellent as Purbright – part Sherlock Holmes, part Columbo with his pipe smoking and his dogged style. The supporting players are top notch too particularly Moray Watson who plays Chief Constable Chubb.
UK / BBC Two / 7×50 minute episodes / Broadcast 8 May – 19 June 1977
Writer: Richard Harris / Books: Colin Watson / Script Editor: Betty Willingale / Production Design: Stanley Morris / Producer: Martin Lisemore / Director: Ronald Wilson
Anton Rodgers as Detective Inspector Purbright
Christopher Timothy as Detective Sergeant Sidney Love
Moray Watson as Chief Constable Harcourt Chubb
John Comer as Sergeant Malley
1. HOPJOY WAS HERE (8 May 77)
2. HOPJOY WAS HERE PART TWO / LONELYHEART 4122 (15 May
3. LONELYHEART 4122 PART TWO (22 May 77)
4. THE FLAXBOROUGH CRAB (29 May 77)
5. THE FLAXBOROUGH CRAB PART TWO ( 5 Jun 77)
6. COFFIN, SCARCELY USED (12 Jun 77)
7. COFFIN, SCARCELY USED PART TWO (19 Jun 77)
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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