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Passenger, The (BBC-1 1971, Peter Barkworth, Joanna Dunham)

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In The Passenger businessman David Walker returns home from the office early to discover his wife in bed with local driving instructor Roy Norton.  Walker decides to spend a few days in Cumberland visiting his Uncle whilst he decides what to do. En route he picks up  pretty hitch-hiker Judy Clayton.  When she then turns up murdered Police Inspector Denson investigates and Walker is chief suspect. Things get  even murkier for Walker when Denson and Det Sgt Kennedy discover a camera and snaps of him at Clayton’s flat.

Denson learns that Norton also knew Judy Clayton and was giving her driving lessons but before the investigation can get too much further Walker is discovered dead having apparently committed suicide – claiming in a suicide note that he was having an affair with Judy and that he murdered.

With two deaths on his hands Denson is convinced that Walker’s suicide was in fact murder and that the real killer is still at large.

Typically brilliant Durbridge thriller with complexity piled on complexity. What starts out as a seemingly straight forward murder investigation very quickly becomes much more than that and you are never quite sure who is telling the truth.

Peter Barkworth makes for a nicely sympathetic Detective Inspector and he was clearly something of a Durbridge favourite going on to appear in the superb Melissa a couple of years later.

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Beth Morris as the hitch-hiking Judy Clayton whose murder sets everything in motion.

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UK / BBC One / 3×50 minute episodes / Broadcast 23 October – 6 November 1971

Writer: Francis Durbridge / Production Design: Peter Kindred / Producer: Gerard Glaister / Director: Michael Ferguson

Series: Francis Durbridge Presents Season 7 Episodes 1 – 3

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PETER BARKWORTH as Det Insp Martin Denson
JOANNA DUNHAM as Sue Denson
DAVID KNIGHT as David Walker
ARTHUR PENTELOW as Arthur Eastwood
MELISSA STRIBLING as Evelyn Walker
ROGER BOOTH as Jack Steen
BETH MORRIS as Judy Clayton
PAUL GRIST as Det Sgt Kennedy
JAMES KERRY as Roy Norton
MICHAEL McSTAY as Andy Mason
MONA BRUCE as Christine Bodley
DEREK BOND as Colonel Reams

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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

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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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