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Parenthood (NBC 2010-2015, Lauren Graham, Peter Krause)

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Drama series Parenthood details episodes in the lives of the members of the extensive Braverman family especially single mother Sarah who returns home to Berkely from Fresno in bid to be closer to the rest of her family. Sarah’s father is the head strong Zeek and her mother is Camille, whilst her sister is corporate attorney Julia. Also in the family are brothers Crosby and Adam.

Of course all the family have their own issues to deal with, Adam and his wife are struggling to come to terms with the fact that their youngest boy Max has Asperger’s Syndrome whilst Crosby (who is notoriously commitment shy) is keen to get back with old flame Jasmine when she re-shows in his life somewhat unexpectedly with a young son in tow whom she says is his. Julia seems to have it all with her high flying career and a stay at home husband but she too is struggling to deal with the double whammy of work and being a mother. Meanwhile all is not overly rosy on the parent front with Camille and Zeek having issues of their own to work through.

Parenthood which is based on the 1989 movie of the same name offers up some strong drama, like a modern day Waltons it explores relationships across several generations. The series was supposed to premiere in 2009 but leading actress Maura Tierney was stricken down with cancer, eventually Tierney pulled out of the series and she was replaced by Lauren Graham.

In 1990 another version of Parenthood also aired, however this met with a lukewarm critical reception and only last 11 episodes.

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USA / NBC – Universal Media Studios – Imagine Television / 103×45 minute episodes / Broadcast 2 March 2010 – 29 January 2015

Executive Producers: Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, Jason Katims, David Nevins / Theme Tune: Forever Young by Bob Dylan

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LAUREN GRAHAM as Sarah Braverman
PETER KRAUSE as Adam Braverman
CRAIG T. NELSON as Zeek Braverman
BONNIE BEDELIA as Camille Braverman
MONICA POTTERMAN as Kristina Braverman
SARAH RAMOS as Haddie Braverman
MAX BURKHOLDER as Max Braverman
DAX SHEPARD as Crosby Braverman
MAE WHITMAN as Amber Holt
MILES HEIZER as Drew Holt
JOY BRYANT as Jasmine Trussell
TYREE BROWN as Jabbar Trussell-Braverman
ERIKA CHRISTENSEN as Julia Braverman-Graham
SAM JAEGER as Joel Graham
SAVANNAH PAIGE RAE as Sydney Graham
ERINN HAYES as Racquel
MARGUERITE MOREAU as Katie
MINKA KELLY as Gaby
JASON RITTER as Mark Cyr
TOM AMANDES as Dr Pelikan

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Clochemerle (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 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

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

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Director: Allan Harmon
Writer: Tracy Andreen

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

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