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Parkin’s Patch (ITV 1969-1970, John Flanagan, Gareth Thomas)

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Crime drama series Parkin’s Patch gave us cases from the files of country copper PC Moss Parkin. Writers were of a generally high calibre and included the likes of series creator Elwyn Jones, Allan Prior, Robert Barr and James Doran. Brothers Troy Kennedy Martin and Ian Kennedy Martin teamed up to write several scripts together under the pen name of Tony Marsh. Stephen Frears and Michael Apted were also among the directors.

The half hour format kept most of the scripts pretty tight and there was another strong role for Gareth Thomas as Parkin’s detective off sider Ron Radley. Interestingly although no credit is given for the voice of the radio despatch officer whom Parkin confers with on most episodes it does sound suspiciously like Gareth Thomas putting on a slight accent.

Series creator Elwyn Jones was also a main-stay of BBC series Z Cars and at the same time as this show was on the air also created Z Cars spin-off Softly Softly Task Force.

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UK / ITV – Yorkshire / 26×30 minute episodes / Broadcast 19 September 1969 – 20 March 1970

Creator: Elwyn Jones / Police Consultant: Arnold Robinson, Ex-Det Chief Superintendent / Script Editor: Nick McCarty / Producer: Terence Williams

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JOHN FLANAGAN as PC Moss Parkin
GARETH THOMAS as Detective Constable Ron Radley
HEATHER PAGE as Beth Parkin

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John Flanagan as Moss Parkin.

THE EPISODES 19 September 1969 – 20 March 1970
These dates refer to broadcasts in the ATV Midlands region.
1. HOOF NOR HORN (19 Sep 1969)
2. LOCK, STOCK AND… (26 Sep 1969)
3. DEAD? OR ALIVE? (3 Oct 1969)
4. FAME OF A KIND (10 Oct 1969)
5. BONUS (17 Oct 1969)
6. THE GOOD LISTENER (24 Oct 1969)
7. THE DESERTER (31 Oct 1969)
8. THE WAY HOME (7 Nov 1969)
9. A PAIR OF GOOD SHOES (15 Nov 1969)
10. THE BIRMINGHAM CON (22 Nov 1969)
11. BOYS (29 Nov 1969)
12. NOTHING PERSONAL (6 Dec 1969)
13. EVERYBODY KNEW BUT ME (13 Dec 1969)
14. NO FRIENDSHIP FOR COPPERS (20 Dec 1969)
15 .THE MANCHESTER PASSENGER (3 Jan 1970)
16. THE JOURNEY (10 Jan 1970)
17. REGULATION 17 (17 Jan 1970)
18. VICKORY (24 Jan 1970)
19. FOX AMONG THE CHICKENS (31 Jan 1970)
20. WISEMEN (7 Feb 1970)
21. THIS LITTLE PIGGY…. (14 Feb 1970)
22. LOW NOON (20 Feb 1970)
23. THE SPIDER’S WEB (27 Feb 1970)
24. IT’S GOT TO BE LOCAL (6 Mar 1970)
25. THE LINK (13 Mar 1970)
26. TWO GENTLEMEN STANDING (20 Mar 1970)

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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

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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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Christmas Reunion, A (Lifetime 2015, Catherine Hicks, Denise Richards)

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In A Christmas Reunion a Madison Avenue executive, Amy, discovers an unusual Christmas surprise when she inherits her Aunt’s hometown bakery. The real surprise comes when she learns the other half of the bakery was left to her long-ago boyfriend, Jack.

Unresolved personal issues resurface between them, as the exes return home to co-manage the store, along with its traditional holiday cookie bake-off.

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Denise Richards as Amy Stone
Patrick Muldoon as Jack Evans
Jake Busey as Dylan Carruthers
Catherine Hicks as Aunt Linda
Parker Stevenson as Don Dupree
Patricia De Leon as Janette Crowder
Jon Briddell as Luke Crowder
Robert R. Shafer as Frank O’Brien
Anna Barnholtz as Chloe
John Colton as Steve Evans
Sandra Evans as Shari
Brody Fitzgerald as Young Jack Evans
Michael Gaglio as Earl Pratt, Sr.
Gib Gerard as Earl Pratt, Jr.
Joyce Greenleaf as Helen

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Director: Sean Olson
Writers: Margaret Base, Mary Glenn, Sam Irvin, Sean Olson, Peter Sullivan, Michael Varrat

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Country: USA
Network and Production Companies: Lifetime – Hybrid
Duration: 1×120 minute episode
Aired From: 13 December 2015

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