UK / BBC One / 8×60 minute episodes / Broadcast Monday 7 February – 13 March 2011
Creator: Ben Richards / Music: Paul Englishby / Titles: Peter Anderson / Executive Producers: Matthew Read, Jane Featherstone, Simon Crawford Collins, Faith Penhale and Ben Richards / Producer: Radford Neville
Scifi drama series Outcasts follows a group of brave, some would say foolhardy, pioneers who set out to build a new life on another planet. Having been given this chance in a lifetime the group, which is several thousand strong and who are led by President Tate are determined to make the town of Forthaven on the planet of Carpathia a real going concern.
Also on Tate’s team is Stella Isen (Head of Protection and Security), Cass Cromwell (Protection and Security Officer) and Fleur Morgan (also Protection and Security) as well initial settlers Mitchell Hoban and his second in command Jack. As the series opens the group have lost contact with Earth and don’t know if a planned transporter that is due to arrive will actually turn up or not, Stella is particulary anxious as aboard the ship are her husband and daughter, meanwhile Tate is far too concerned about the arrival of Julius Berger who is Vice President of the Evacuation Programme back on Earth.
There are some huge themes at work here, yes it is classic science fiction territory (the Earth has been slowly poisoned by nuclear explosions and moving on is the only option left) but it is more akin to a story of the first settlers of Australia or somewhere, especially as the scifi-ness of the whole thing is secondary to the setting up a new town and all the privations that entails. As the series unfolds we learn more about what is happening on Carpathia and the dark secrets it seems to contain (there are a group of cloned humans leading a sort of resistance movement).
Definitely a hark back to the more traditional BBC scifi of the 1970’s – of shows such as Moonbase 3 and the like where the character development is more important than the futuristic accoutrements that you normally find in such shows. Outcasts was actually mostly filmed in South Africa, in a warehouse in Kuilsriver as well as the mountain surrounds of the local area. A far cry from Doctor Who’s salt mine in Wales.
LIAM CUNNINGHAM as President Richard Tate
HERMIONE NORRIS as Stella Isen
ERIC MABIUS as Julius Berger
DANIEL MAYS as Cass Cromwell
AMY MANSON as Fleur Morgan
JAMIE BAMBER as Mitchell Hoban
ASHLEY WALTERS as Jack
MICHAEL LEGGE as Tipper Malone
JEANNE KIETZMANN as Lily
Clochmerle (BBC-2 1972, Cyril Cusack, Roy Dotrice)
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.
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
Writers: Ray Galton, Alan Simpson
Novel: Gabriel Chevallier
Producer: Michael Mills
Network and Production Companies: BBC Two – Bavaria
Duration: 9×30 minute episodes
Aired From: 18 February – 14 April 1972 Fridays at 10.05pm
Clairvoyant, The (BBC-2 1986, Roy Kinnear, Sandra Dickinson)
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.
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
Writer: Roy Clarke
Producer and Director: Alan J.W. Bell
Network and Production Companies: BBC-2
Duration: 6×30 minute episodes
Aired From: Pilot – 27 November 1984 and Series – 15 May – 19 June 1986
Christmas Princess (UP 2017, Nicole Munoz, Zak Santiago)
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.
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
Director: Allan Harmon
Writer: Tracy Andreen
Network and Production Companies: UP
Duration: 1×120 minute episode
Aired From: Sunday 10 December 2017
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