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Nanny (BBC-1 1981-1983, Wendy Craig)

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Nanny was very much your classic BBC period drama series taking us back to the early 1930’s where Barbara Gray begins a new career working as a children’s nanny. Babara is looking for a new start after the break down of her marriage.

Over the course of three seasons Barbara works for various well to do families and even gets married again – to Sam Taverner. Despite her new marriage though Barbara continues to work.

Wendy Craig, who starred as Barbara Gray, also created the series under her writing pseudonym Jonathan Marr. This was also the name she used when penning scripts for her 1970’s sitcoms And Mother Makes Three and And Mother Makes Five. Writers on the series included Terence Brady and Charlotte Bingham, Carey Harrison, Maggie Wadey and Julia Jones.

Guest stars included Patricia Hodge, Colin Douglas, Joan Hickson, Donald Burton, Anna Cropper, Patrick Troughton, Frank Mills and Judy Campbell.

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UK / BBC One / 30×50 minute episodes / Broadcast 10 January 1981 – 13 March 1983

Creator: Wendy Craig (as Jonathan Marr) / Theme Music: Grant Hossack / Producers: Guy Slater (seasons 1-2), Bernard Krichefski (season 3)

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Wendy Craig as Barbara Gray

SEASON ONE 10 January – 14 March 1981
1. INNOCENT PARTY (10 Jan 81)
2. NOW LOOK WHAT YOU DONE (17 Jan 81)
3. JUST SOMEBODY BEING NAUGHTY (24 Jan 81)
4. THE MAGIC ISLAND (31 Jan 81)
5. TROMPE L’OEIL (7 Feb 81)
6. GOATS AND TIGERS (14 Feb 81)
7. WAIFS AND STRAYS (21 Feb 81)
8. A BIRDLESS CAGE (28 Feb 81)
9. A PINCH OF DRAGON’S BLOOD (7 Mar 81)
10. OTHER PEOPLES’ BABIES (14 Mar 81)

SEASON TWO 2 January – 6 March 1982
1. RINGTIME (2 Jan 82)
2. ASHES TO ASHES (9 Jan 82)
3. COMINGS AND GOINGS (16 Jan 82)
4. THE PLEASURE OF FOLLOWING (23 Jan 82)
5. A FAINT AND DISTANT NOISE (30 Jan 82)
6. CROSSING THE LINE (6 Feb 82)
7. OUT OF THE SHADOWS (13 Feb 82)
8. THE LOVE CHILD (20 Feb 82)
9. FATHERS (27 Feb 82)
10. A TWIST OF FATE (6 Mar 82)

SEASON THREE 9 January – 13 March 1983
1. A SENSE OF DUTY (9 Jan 83)
2. SHE WHO GIVES A BABY BIRTH (16 Jan 83)
3. THE PRODIGY (23 Jan 83)
4. THE SAULT (30 Jan 83)
5. THE HOME FRONT (6 Feb 83)
6. INTO THE BLITZ (13 Feb 83)
7. A JOURNEY (20 Feb 83)
8. FRANKLY SPEAKING (27 Feb 83)
9. SHORT ENGAGEMENTS (6 Mar 83)
10. LET NOTHING YOU DISMAY (13 Mar 83)

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Clochmerle (BBC-2 1972, Cyril Cusack, Roy Dotrice)

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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

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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 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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