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Murphy’s Law (BBC-1 2003-2007, James Nesbitt, Claudia Harrison)

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In crime drama Murphy’s Law maverick wisecracking Tommy Murphy is a policeman who performs undercover operations under the direction of his boss Annie Guthrie. A pilot episode in 2001 had Murphy going undercover to infiltrate a gang suspected of pulling off lucrative diamond heists in London. Claudia Harrison made a brief cameo at the beginning of the first episode of the second series as her character falls victim to a serial killer whilst working undercover.

Series one and two had been made up of individual stories but from series three onwards the episodes followed one particular. Series four and five were three part stories shown over consecutive evenings.

Nesbitt is excellent in the lead role (apart from the Viva Zapata moustache of course) and the series, which is pretty hard hitting and in your face, plays pretty fast and loose with the lines that a copper should not step over.

The series is filmed in Ireland.

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UK / BBC1 – Element Films – Tiger Aspect / 11x90minute episodes 12×60 minute episodes / 2001 (pilot) / series started 28 April 2003 – 3 October 2007

Creator: Colin Bateman / Creative Consultant: James Nesbitt / Music: Magnus Fiennes / Executive Producers: Andrew Lowe, Greg Brenman / Producer: Sanne Craddick

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JAMES NESBITT as Tommy Murphy
CLAUDIA HARRISON as Annie Guthrie (pilot and series 1 only)
DEL SYNOTT as DC Alan Carter (series 1 and 2)
MARK BENTON as Father McBride (series 1 and 2)
MARK WOMACK as Dave Callard (major villain for series three)
OWEN TEALE as DS Paul Allison (series 3)
GEORGIA MACKENZIE as Ellie Holloway (series 3)
BRIAN McCARDIE as Billy Jonstone
CHRISTOPHER FULFORD as Mark Baker (villain for series 5)
ROBBIE GEE as DCS John Atwood (series 5)
ANDREA LOWE as DC Kim Goodall (story lynchpin for series 5)
TIM DANTAY as DS Mitch Kershaw (series 5)

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Clochemerle (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 Clochemerle 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

crew details
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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