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Peter Gunn (NBC 1958-1961 with Craig Stevens and Lola Albright)

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USA / NBC – ABC – Spartan / 114×30 minute episodes / Broadcast 2 September 1958 – 21 September 1961 black and white

Creator and Producer: Blake Edwards / Music: Henry Mancini

Crime drama series. Cases of jazz loving Los Angeles private Detective Peter Gunn. Gunn’s office was 351 Ellis Park Road.

Gunn was something of a gentlemen but knew how to use his fists if he needed to and often hung out at “Mothers” nightclub, mainly because he had a bit of a thing going with resident singer Edie Hart (later during the run of the series Edie bought the hotel from Mother and changed the name to Edie’s). The other major character was Lt Jacoby, Gunn’s contact at the police department.

Quite an important series, Gunn is usually credited with being the first US private detective directly created for television rather than coming from movies, radio or books. Also the series switched from NBC to ABC midway through it’s run – again somewhat unusual at the time. It made it’s ABC debut on 3 October 1960.

There was a big screen outing in 1967 called Gunn which also starred Craig Stevens and in 1988 Peter Strauss tried to revive the series in a failed pilot.

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Craig Stevens as Peter Gunn
Lola Albright as Edie Hart
Herschel Bernardi as Lt. Jacoby
Hope Emerson as Mother
Minerva Urecal as Mother replaced Hope Emerson
Billy Barty as Babby
Morris Erby as Sgt. Lee Davis
James Lanphier as Leslie
Herb Ellis as Wilbur
Peter Mamakos as Lieutenant Vasquez
Joseph Kearns as Mr. Bartell
Bill Chadney as Emmett

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Clochmerle (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 Clochmerle 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

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

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