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Not Only But Always (Channel 4 2004, Rhys Ifans, Aidan McArdle)

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In the early 1960’s brutishly witty Peter Cook is introduced to Dudley More by Jonathan Miller to put together a revue (along with the legendary Alan Bennett) for the Edinburgh Festival, their satirical diatribes strike a chord and the quartet are soon taking England by storm; Pete and Dud’s relationship is rocky at best but the pair manage to create a TV legend with their Not Only But Also and attempt to break into the movies in a series of hit and miss ventures, later Dud decides to go it alone in Hollywood, hitting the big time in Arthur and a whole raft of other big time movies whilst Cook spends his days drinking and making calls to late night radio shows…

Pete and Dud have quite rightly acquired Godlike status in the eyes of TV and Comedy aficionado’s, this production tracks their relationship from their first meeting to the eventual decline and death of the pair.

Writer, director Terry Johnson (who tackled another troubled TV relationship – that of Sid James and Barbara Windsor in Cor Blimey) uses the interesting framing device of a Rosencrantz and Guildenstern style Pete and Dud looking over the proceedings as their lives unfold.

Their relationship, seen pretty much only from the point of view of Cook, is pictured as highly self destructive (but then again so are most of Cook’s other relationships), Cook always putting Moore down and is bitter and resentful when Moore finds success in Hollywood.

There is a real streak of melancholy that runs right through the heart of Not Only But Always, neither Cook or Moore seem to have spent much of their lives satisfied with their lot.

production details
UK / Channel 4 – Company Pictures / 1×100 minute episode / Broadcast 30 December 2004

Writer: Terry Johnson / Book: Harry Thompson / Script Editor: Jack Williams / Music: Colin Towns / Executive Producers: George Faber, Charles Pattinson / Producers: Alison Jackson / Directors: Terry Johnson

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Rhys Ifans as Peter Cook
Aidan McArdle as Dudley Moore
Jodie Rimmer as Wendy
Daphne Cheung as Lin Chong
Camilla Power as Judy Huxtable
Alan Cox as Alan Bennett
Jonathan Aris as Jonathan Miller
Joanna Morrison as Dawn
Josephine Davison as Eleanor Bron
Richard Durden as Proctor
Robin Soans as Mr Boylett
Tandi Wright as Julie Andrews
Brett O’Gorman as David Frost
David Sterne as Tea-Bag
Charmaine Guest as Violin Girl
Derek Payne as Audience Member
David Aston as Upper Class Man
John Leigh as Joe McGrath
Owen Black as Michael Peacock
Cameron Smith as Nick Leard
Andrew Conlon as Lewis Marley
Mary O’Riordan as TV Assistant
Charlotte Rasmussin as Lucy
Alexandra Hassell as Daisy
Patrick Wilson as Immigration Officer
Jon Brazier as Hotel Clerk
Michael Saccente as NY Cab Driver
Peter Feeney as Chat Show Host
Tim Balne as NY Club Compere
Charles Pierard as Eamonn Andrews
Ewen Gilmour as Therapist
Alistair Browning as Blake Edwards
John Glass as TV Executive
Elizabeth Hawthorne as Joan Rivers
Peter Rowley as Bernard Manning
Katrina Devine as TV Showbiz Reporter
Anthony Starr as LA Cab Driver
Tim Raby as Clive Anderson

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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

crew details
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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