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Patty Duke Show, The (ABC 1963-1966, Patty Duke, William Schallert)

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One of the girls at 8 Remsen Drive liked Paul Anka records and bubble gum. The other girl, who looked just like the first, preferred the high arts. Identical cousins they were, both played by Patty Duke. At the age of seventeen, Duke was already an accomplished stage and screen actress, and the youngest person to ever have a show named after her.

The Lane family was a slice of good, typical Americana. Patriarch Martin Lane was a newspaperman with a wife, two kids, and a nice house in Brooklyn Heights suburbia. Into the mix came shy and elegant Cathy Lane, the prim Scottish daughter of Martin’s twin brother, who was overseas on business (he was a newspaperman too) and wanted his daughter to spend some quality time with a quality family. Cathy liked books and culture and was often flummoxed by the way things were done in the States. But she eventually acclimated to the American social climate—so much so, in fact, that she could occasionally assume the identity of her identical-looking but more precocious cousin.

The show brimmed with the requisite culture clash jokes, the girls’ many ‘switched identity’ escapades, and guest appearances from real-life singers like Sammy Davis Jr. and Bobby Vinton. But most importantly of all, there was all the expected but winning comedy of a 1960’s teenaged girl trying to grow up—in the midst of boys, slumber parties, a pesky little brother named Ross, and various and dire high school crises (though everything seemed a dire crisis in high school, didn’t it?).

Duke had been groomed and trained for acting stardom since early childhood, and audiences loved to watch her do her thing. When the likable girl who played Helen Keller in The Miracle Worker (and won an Oscar for it) played twins on an equally likable sitcom, you didn’t sweat the fact that you never saw the two girls’ faces onscreen at the same time, you just tuned in.

The Patty Duke Show

Theme song lyrics
“Meet Cathy, who’s lived most everywhere,
From Zanzibar to Barclay Square.
But Patty’s only seen the sights
A girl can see from Brooklyn Heights—
What a crazy pair!”

production details
USA / ABC – United Artists – Chrislaw / 104×25 minute episodes / Broadcast 18 September 1963 – 31 August 1966

Creator: Sidney Sheldon / Music: Sid Ramm, Harry Geller / Producer: William Asher

cast
Patty Duke as Patty Lane/Cathy Lane
William Schallert as Martin Lane
Jean Byron as Natalie Lane
Paul O’Keefe as Ross Lane
Eddie Applegate as Richard Harrison
John McGiver as J.R. Castle (1963-64)
Susan Melvin as Nicki Lee (1963-64)
Kitty Sullivan as Sue Ellen (1963-65)
Skip Hinnant as Ted (1963-65)
Alberta Grant as Maggie (1963-65)
Kelly Wood as Gloria (1964-65)
Ann Alford as Eileen (1965-66)
Robyn Miller as Roz (1965-66)

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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

crew details
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

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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