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Paradise Postponed (ITV 1986 with Michael Hordern and David Threllfall)

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UK / ITV Network – Thames – Euston/ 1×90 minute episode 10×60 minute episodes / Broadcast 15 September – 24 November 1986

Writer: John Mortimer / Producer: Jacqueline Davis / Director: Alvin Rakoff

With the creation of Leslie Titmuss John Mortimer came up with one of the truly brilliant characters of British TV and provided David Threllfall with the role of a lifetime, like one of J.B. Priestley’s or R.F. Delderfield’s great doorstep novels of the thirties Paradise Postponed follows the fortunes of the Simcox family over a period of forty years but that’s a somewhat simplistic generalisation for what is a brilliant, sprawling, classic comedy drama.

Told over 11 episodes with episode one running to a feature length 80 minutes, the series opens with the death of Simeon Simcox (Michael Hordern), Rector of Rapstone Fanner, before flashing back 40 years to the childhoods of the Simeon kids and the entry of working class Leslie Titmuss who is somewhat taken under the wing of Rector Simcox. Back in the present day the Simcox family are none too impressed to learn that the major beneficiary of their father’s will is Leslie Titmuss.

Over the course of the episodes the action flits between the present day and episodes from the lives of Titmuss and the Simcox’s past, as the years go by Henry, a writer, gets involved in the film business and Leslie becomes an MP. A gem of a series brilliantly written by Rumpole of the Bailey creator John Mortimer who cleverly intertwines the past and the present.

There’s a large cast of pretty much the cream of British acting talent including such stalwart players as Richard Vernon, Jill Bennett and the superb Colin Blakely as well as the likes of Zoe Wanamaker, Peter Egan, Colin Jeavons and Paul Shelley. Although its an ensemble piece the series really does belong to David Threllfall’s Titmuss, starting out as the working class boy who through his calculating, generally obnoxious nature and shady business transactions is soon a prominent MP.

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Michael Hordern as Rev Simeon Simcox
David Threllfall as Leslie Titmuss
Colin Blakely as Dr Humphrey Salter
Peter Egan as Henry Simcox
Zoe Wanamaker as Charlotte Fanner
Paul Shelley as Fred Simcox
Annette Crosbie as Dorothy Simcox
Eleanor David as Agnes Salter
Richard Vernon as Sir Nicholas Fanner
Colin Jeavons as George Titmuss
Albert Welling as Rev. Kevin Bulstrode
Harold Innocent as Jackson Catelow
Thomas Heathcote as Tom Nowt
Claire Oberman as Lonnie Hope Simcox
Alan Rowe as Wyebrow
Thorley Walters as Doughty Strove
Dominic Jephcott as Magnus Strove
Marsha Fitzalan as Jennifer Strove Battley
Andrew Bicknell as Christopher Kempenflatt
Leonie Mellinger as Francesca Simcox

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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

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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 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

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

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