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Partners In Crime (BBC-1 2015, Jessica Raine, David Walliams)

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Period crime drama series Partners In Crime was an updated to the 1950’s big budget BBC take on Agatha Christie’s 1920’s married couple sleuths Tommy and Tuppence Beresford (previously filmed by ITV with Francesca Annis and David Warwick in the leads in an excellent 1983 series).

Based on the novels The Secret Adversary and N or M the series follows the married couple as they discover mystery and intrigue in a world that is still recovering from the ravages of the second world war and where a new Cold War means that spies lurk around every corner.

Guest stars included the always excellent Roy Marsden, Alice Krige and Ed Speleers. Sadly, in our opinion, Partners In Crime was completely hamstrung by the playing of the two leads. Walliams and Raine simply did not gel and were an extremely unlikely couple who never gained the audience sympathy.

Partners In Crime

Jessica Raine as Tuppence and David Walliams as Tommy. Mismatched casting that ending up irritating.

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UK / BBC-1 – Endor – Acorn Productions / 6×60 minute episodes / Broadcast 26 July – 30 August 2015

Writers: Zinnie Harris (Episodes 1-3), Claire Wilson (episodes 4-6) / Producer: Georgina Lowe / Executive Producers: Hilary Bevan Jones, David Walliams, Hilary Strong, Matthew Prichard / Director: Edward Hall

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David Walliams as Tommy
Jessica Raine as Tuppence
James Fleet as Major Anthony Carter
Matthew Steer as Albert Pemberton

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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

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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

crew details
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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