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Peter Kay’s Phoenix Nights (Channel 4 2001-2002 with Dave Spikey)

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Sitcom. Phoenix Nights was the show that cemented Peter Kay’s reputation. It grew out of a one off fake documentary called The Services (about the characters frequenting a motorway service station) which in turn led to a 6 part series (again of the faux doco kind) called That Peter Kay Thing, very funny and clever, this series followed 6 different characters living in the Bolton area, one of whom was wheelchair bound working mens club owner Brian Potter, this episode was called In The Club and it was clear that there was plenty of mileage in the character.

Potter runs the Phoenix club with more than a firm hand, he’s bolshy and determined to restore the club back to its former glories. He is forever hosting Search for a Star events, comedy nights and more, aided and abetted by his right hand man Jerry St Clair).

A spin off series featured doormen Max and Paddy (this aired in 2005 and was called Max and Paddy’s Road To Nowhere) which featured a few appearances by Potter.

Potter, along with Max and Paddy, also took part in the 2005 single for Comic Relief, alongside Tony Christie with a revamp of his 70’s hit “Is This the Way to Amarillo?” It topped the UK charts for 8 weeks.

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UK / Channel 4 – Goodnight Vienna – Ovation / 12×30 minutue episodes / Broadcast 14 January 2001 – 12 September 2002

Creator: Peter Kay / Writers: Peter Kay, Neil Fitzmaurice, Dave Spikey / Theme Music: James McColl / Executive Producer: Phil McIntyre / Producers: Mark Herbert, John Rushton

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PETER KAY as Brian Potter and Max
DAVE SPIKEY as Jerry St Clair
NEIL FITZMAURICE as Ray Von
PATRICK McGUINESS as Paddy
STEVE EDGE as Alan
TOBY FOSTER as Les
JANICE CONNOLLY as Holy Mary
BEA KELLEY as Marion
ARCHIE KELLY as Kenny
TED ROBBINS as Den Perry

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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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