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Napoleon And Love (ITV 1974, Ian Holm, Billie Whitelaw)

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Ian Holm headlines as the “little emperor” in the 1970′s costume drama Napoleon and Love. We all know that Napoleon Bonaparte was one of the most famous rulers of all time, seemingly hellbent on global domination before it all went horribly wrong as it so often does but many of probably don’t know how much of an inveterate womaniser he was.

This 9 part costume drama series begins with a 25 year old Bonaparte already a General in the French Army but already with one eye out for the ladies he embarks on a quest to woo the beautiful Desiree Clary (Karen Dotrice) who also happens to be the daughter of a very rich merchant, but it is when he meets Josephine Beauharnais (played by the very fab Billie Whitelaw) that he truly meets his match.

Full of stand out performances from a cast that includes Stephanie Beacham, Diana Quick, Nicola Pagett and Peter Bowles, Napoleon and Love is top quality television. Made for the ITV Network at a time when they were really giving the BBC a run for their money in the costume drama stakes.

Napoleon and Love ITV 1974

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UK / ITV – Thames / 9×60 minute episodes / Broadcast 5 March – 30 April 1974

Writer: Philip Mackie / Theme Music: Robert Sharples / Executive Producer: Lloyd Shirley / Producer: Reginald Collin.

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Ian Holm as Napoleon
Maxine Audley as Madame Permon
Billie Whitelaw as Joséphine
Karen Dotrice as Desiree
Cheryl Kennedy as Pauline Foures
Stephanie Beacham as Madame Duchatel
Diana Quick as Eleonore Dunuella
Catherine Schell as Marie Walewska
Christopher Neame as Juno
T. P. McKenna as Barras
Edward De Souza as Joséph Bonaparte
Peter Bowles as Mura
Wendy Allnutt as Madame Tallieu
Tim Curry as Eugene
Ronald Hines as Berthier
Peter Jeffrey as Tallyrand

THE EPISODES
1. ROSE (5 Mar 74)
2. JOSEPHINE (12 Mar 74)
3. PAULINE (19 Mar 74)
4. GEORGINA (26 Mar 74)
5. ELEANORE (2 Apr 74)
6. MARIE WALEWSKA (9 Apr 74)
7. MARIE-LUISA (16 Apr 74)
8. LOUISE (23 Apr 74)
9. THE END OF LOVE (30 Apr 74)

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Combat Sheep (BBC-1 2001, Steve Coogan, Ronni Ancona)

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Combat Sheep

One-off comedy film Combat Sheep detailed the comic adventures of four ex-army mascot sheep. Made using a mixture of live action and puppetry.

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STEVE COOGAN as Harris
RONNI ANCONA as Peaches
MARK WILLIAMS as Moose
KEVIN ELDON as Cooper
CHRIS ELLISON as Detective Inspector Hindle

crew details
Writer: Tim Firth
Additional material: Peter Baynham and Graham Duff
Executive Producers: Steve Coogan, Henry Normal
Producer: Robert Howes;
Director: Dominic Brigstocke.

production details
Country: UK
Network and Production Companies: BBC One – A Baby Cow Productions – Childrens Company
Duration: 1×30 minute episode
Aired From: 30 December 2001 at 5:35pm

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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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