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Penda’s Fen (Play For Today BBC-1 21 Mar 1974 with Spencer Banks and Ian Hogg)

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UK / BBC One / 1×90 minute episode / Broadcast 21 March 1974

Series: Play For Today / Season 4 Episode 16

Writer: David Rudkin / Script Editor: Tara Prem / Costumes: Joyce Hawkins / Special Effects: Clifford Culley / Animation: Bernard Lodge / Radiophonic Sound: Paddy Kingsland / Production Design: Michael Edwards / Producer: David Rose / Director: Alan Clarke

In Play For Today Penda’s Fen young Stephen Franklin is on the cusp of adulthood, about to leave school but more concerned with upholding what he sees as a correct view of English life as espoused by his Parson father, however a mystical encounter is the catalyst for Stephen to question everything he has previously thought.

Fabulous dialogue and with much that is certainly even more relevent today than it was in the seventies, much of what Rudkin talks about with regards to entertainment, the environment and life has come to pass. Ian Hogg is clearly playing a version of Rudkin himself as the writer who shakes up Stephen’s ideas about the world around him.

A good performance too from Spencer Banks as the young man struggling to come to terms with his sexuality and the whole notion of the drama is very much left in the mind and eyes of the viewer, how much is what Stephen experiences real and how much is his fevered imagination.

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SPENCER BANKS as Stephen
JOHN ATKINSON as Reverend J. Franklin
GEORGINE ANDERSON as Mrs Franklin
RON SMERCZAK as Joel
IAN HOGG as Arne
JENNIE HESLEWOOD as Mrs Arne
GRAHAM LEAMAN as Sir Edward Elgar
CHRISTOPHER DOUGLAS as Honeybone
JOHN RICHMOND as Headmaster
IVOR ROBERTS as Cooke
JOAN SCOTT as The Lady
RAY GATENBY as The Man
HELENA McCARTHY as Mrs Kings
JOYCE GRUNDY as Mrs Gisbourne
FRANK VEASEY as Council Workman
ELIZABETH REVILL as Nurse
MORAY BLACK as Sixth Former
JOHN SCOTT as Sir Nicholas Pole
ROY PRESTON as Brott
PAT BOWKER as Joel’s Girl
GEOFFREY STAINES as King Penda
GEOFFREY PENNELLS as Demon
MARTIN REYNOLDS as Angel

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Royal Christmas Ball, A (ION 2017, Tara Reid, Ingo Rademacher)

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Royal Christmas Ball ION

Dateless for the Christmas ball, 39-year-old bachelor, King Charles of Baltania, tracks down his American college sweetheart, only to discover Allison has never been married, yet raised a 17-year-old daughter, Lily, who mathematically might be Charles’ biological princess.

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Tara Reid as Allison
Ingo Rademacher as King Charles
Mira Furlan as Rosa
Haley Pullos as Lily
Faune Chambers Watkins as Eva
Mykel Shannon Jenkins as Sam
Marc Anthony Samuel as Marcus
Christian Olivo as Victor
Miles Burris as Emile
Kennedy Lea Slocum as Taylor
Claire Cohen as Lorena
David Meza as Waiter
Cesar Cipriano as Florist
Stan Bly as Paparazzi
Brian Nolan as Paparazzi

crew details
Director: David DeCoteau
Writer: Suzanne Dunn
Story: Jeffrey Schenck, Peter Sullivan

production details
Country: USA
Network and Production Companies: ION – Hybrid Films
Duration: 1×120 minute episode
Aired From: Sunday 10 December 2017

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Runaway Christmas Bride (ION 2017, Cindy Busny, Travis Milne)

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Runaway Christmas Bride ION 2017

A runaway bride, Kate, making herself scarce for the holidays, meets a ski patrol rescuer, Jason, at a resort. Her December days begin to brighten, until her parents and jilted fiancé, Alex, show up at the mountain to reset the wedding for Christmas.

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Cindy Busby as Kate
Travis Milne as Jason
Christos Shaw as Mike
Karen Kruper as Lily Paulson
Mark Milburn as Alex Atkins
Bruce Dawson as Rick Atkins
Roz Murray as Kim Atkins
Trent Pryor as Wedding Rehersal Guest
Holly James as Wedding Guest

crew details
Director: David DeCoteau
Writer: Brian Skiba

production details
Country: Canada
Network and Production Companies: ION – Odyssey Media
Duration: 1×120 minute episode
Aired From: Saturday 9 December 2017

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Christmas Encore (HMC 2017, Erin Agostino, Marie Dame)

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Christmas Encore Hallmark 2017

In Christmas Encore a struggling actress is cast in her last off (off) Broadway show – a modern take on “A Christmas Carol” – before giving up her dream and moving home.

Instead, she finds romance with her director and a renewed passion for her craft and the city. But when the historic theater loses its lease and the show is set to fold, she and her cast mates are need of a Christmas miracle.

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Erin Agostino as Morgan
Marie Dame as Ellen Lambert
Brennan Elliott as Julian Walker
Maggie Lawson as Charlotte Lacy
Mélanie St-Pierre as Samantha Cross

crew details
Director: Bradley Walsh
Writer: Jennifer Notas Shapiro

production details
Country: USA
Network and Production Companies: Hallmark Movie Channel
Duration: 1×120 minute episode
Aired From: Saturday 9 December 2017

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