UK / BBC One – Clerkenwell Films / 5×50 minute episodes / Tuesday 24 November – Tuesday 22 December 2009 (shown at 9.00pm)
Writer: Lizzie Mickery / Producer: Marcus Wilson / Executive Producer: Murray Ferguson, Patrick Spence / Directors: Simon Cellan Jones, Omah Madha
In scifi tinged cop show Paradox, Detective Inspector Rebecca Flint is called in by renowned astrophysicist Dr Christian King who is receiving strange images from space that seem to point to future crimes and accidents that have not yet happened. Rebecca and her team face a literal race against time to try and stop the events playing out in the way the pictures suggest they will. From a train explosion to murder to robbery. As events progress though Rebecca becomes convinced that she is in some way at the centre of the events being played out – maybe even causing them to happen that way.
What started out as something of an ordinary cop themed show with a bit of scifi tacked on, grew into a pretty good series. The dialogue was sometimes a let down, over obvious and somewhat cliche ridden, “this isn’t about the case, this is about your ego” but there was enough here to maintain the interest. Tamzin Outhwaite’s character never seems quite a strong enough personality, wants to be like Jane Tennison but never quite pulls it off. Good to see that the BBC’s interest in scifi shows no sign of slowing down. With some toning down of language and situations this would be great in a family slot.
TAMZIN OUTHWAITE as Detective Inspector Rebecca Flint
EMUN ELLIOTT as Christian King
MARK BONNAR as Detective Sergeant Ben Holt
CHIKE OKONKWO as Detective Constable Callum Gada
POOKY QUESNEL as Detective Chief Inspector Sarah Bower
LORCAN CRANITCH as Simon Manning
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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