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Parenthood (NBC 1990, Ed Begley Jr, Jayne Atkinson)

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Comedy drama series Parenthood was a spin off of the previous years popular movie of the same name and told stories of three generations of the Buckman family. Main focus of the series is financial analyst Gil who is married to Karen. The pair had three kids Kevin, Taylor and Justin and Gill is determined to not make the mistakes that he believes his own father Frank made. Gil feels that because his father was such a workaholic he never had enough for his own kids.

Also a regular part of the series is Gil’s divorced sister Helen and her two kids Garry and Julie (and her husband Tod). His younger sister Susan is a high school teacher married to Nathan who is a house husband working on his Phd, the pair have a four year daughter Patty.

Parenthood the movie had been a popular and critical success so NBC had high hopes for this TV version but never really allowed the room to grow. It was taken off air before all the episodes filmed had aired but the final episode was shown almost a year after the shows original broadcast. Worth picking out in the cast list though is an early role for Leonardo Di Caprio as one of the Buckman offspring and an equally young Thora Birch as another Buckman child.

NBC mounted a new version of the series in 2010.

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USA / NBC – Imagine TV / 1x60m-e 11x30m-e / Broadcast 20 August – 10 November 1990

Creators: Lowell Ganz, Babaloo Mandel, Ron Howard / Producers: April Smith, Sascha Schneider / Director: Allan Arkush

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ED BEGLEY JR as Gil Buckman
JAYNE ATKINSON as Karen Buckman
MAX ELLIOTT SLADE as Kevin Buckman
THORA BIRCH as Taylor Buckman
ZACHORY LAVOY as Justin Buckman
MARYEDITH BURRELL as Helen Buckman
LEONARDO DI CAPRIO as Garry Buckman
BESS MEYER as Julie Hawks
DAVID ARQUETTE as Tod Hawks
SUSAN NORMAN as Susan Merrick
KEN OBER as Nathan Merrick
IVYANN SCHWAN as Patty Merrick
WILLIAM WINDOM as Frank Buckman
SHEILA MACRAE as Marilyn Buckman
MARY JCKSON as Great Grandma Greenwell

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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

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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

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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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