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No Place Like Home (BBC-1 1983-1987, William Gaunt, Patricia Garwood)

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No Place Like Home is one of those archetypal family sitcoms that the BBC love to do. It’s high quality cast going a long way to lift the somewhat ordinary situation. William Gaunt and Patricia Garwood star as middle aged Arthur and Beryl Crabtree a couple who are at last looking forward to the day when the last of their grown up kids is about to leave home.

A very young Martin Clunes plays Nigel Crabtree who is the last one to flee the coop, Arthur and Beryl have some great ideas to claim their home back and are even talking second honeymoon however before you can say “fancy an early night luv” the kids are back. Nigel doesn’t fancy starting Uni yet, eldest daughter Lorraine is having marriage trouble and returns home quickly followed by Tracy whose own love life has hit a rocky patch, lastly there’s eldest son Paul who seems to come and go as he pleases.

Arthur is in a state of perpetual harassment whilst Beryl is like Mother Hen, really quite happy to have her brood about her. Added to this are the interruptions from kooky next door neighbour Vera Botting who is nuttier than a fruit cake, Vera’s husband Trevor though is Arthur’s best friend and when things get too much the pair retreat to the garden shed for a glass of home made sherry.

There were a few cast changes over the course of the series run. Martin Clunes bowed out after three seasons and was replaced by Andrew Charles whilst Marcia Warren played Vera in the first three seasons with Ann Penfold replacing her in the fifth and final season.

Daniel Hill’s Raymond Codd was daughter Lorraine’s estranged husband for the first four seasons but he was gone for the fifith season with a new love interest for Lorraine in the shape of Roger Martin.

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UK / BBC One / 43×30 minute episodes / Broadcast 13 December 1983 – 22 December 1987

Writer: Jon Watkins / Producer: Robin Nash

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William Gaunt as Arthur Crabtree
Patricia Garwood as Beryl Crabtree
Martin Clunes as Nigel Crabtree (seasons 1-3)
Andrew Charleson as Nigel Crabtree (seasons 4-5)
Dee Sadler as Tracey Crabtree
Stephen Watson as Paul Crabtree (seasons 1-3)
Beverly Adams as Lorraine Codd
Marcia Warren as Vera Botting (seasons 1-3)
Ann Penfold as Vera Botting (season 5)
Michael Sharvell-Martin as Trevor Botting
Daniel Hill as Raymond Codd (seasons 1-4)
Roger Duff as Roger Martin (season 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

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

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