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Police Surgeon (ABC 1960, Ian Hendry, Ingrid Hafner)

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Police Surgeon was a short-lived tape series set in London’s Bayswater, featuring a young police surgeon, Dr Geoffrey Brent, who was unable to resist turning investigator on his cases.

So-so crime show, but assured of a place in the TV annals as the origin of famed spy caper The Avengers, since actor Ian Hendry carried on his white coat and magnifying glass – under the new name of Dr David Keel – into that show’s opening episodes.

Police Surgeon aka Dr Simon Locke was also title for a Canadian series (1972, syndicated) about a doctor attached to a police emergency unit who, like Hendry’s Brent, had the sleuthing habit. Sam Groom played the said Dr Simon Locke. The concept of a medical detective, of course, was most successfully exploited by Quincy ME.

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UK / ITV – ABC / 13×50 minute episodes / Broadcast 10 September – 3 December 1960

Producers: Julian Bond, Leonard White

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IAN HENDRY as Dr Geoffrey Brent
JOHN WARWICK as Inspector Landon
INGRID HAFNER as Amanda Gibbs

THE EPISODES
1. EASY MONEY (10 Sep 60)
2. UNDER THE INFLUENCE…? (17 Sep 60)
3. LAG ON THE RUN (24 Sep 60)
4. SMASH BUT NO GRAB (1 Oct 60)
5. WILFUL NEGLECT (8 Oct 60)
6. DIPLOMATIC IMMUNITY (15 Oct 60)
7. A HOME OF HER OWN (22 Oct 60)
8. YOU WON’T FEEL A THING (29 Oct 60)
9. SUNDAY MORNING STORY (5 Nov 60)
10. THREE’S A CROWD (12 Nov 60)
11. MAN OVERBOARD (19 Nov 60)
12. OPERATION MANGLE (26 Nov 60)
13. THE BIGGER THEY ARE (5 Dec 60)

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Clochmerle (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 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

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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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