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Pretorius (ITV 1987, Clive Wood, Cyril Appleton)

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One off crime drama that saw Belgian detective Inspector Andreis Pretorius attempting to track down a cargo of deadly drugs.

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Clive Wood as Inspector Andreis Pretorius
Cyril Appleton as ‘Foxy’ Reynaert
Timothy Morand as Le Brun
Arne Gordon as Skipper
Michael Haughey as Mortier
Stephen Greif as Vaneck
John Labanowski as Klosters
Tony Melody as Commissaris Huizinga
Christopher Farries as Waiter In Brugge
Sam Dale as Doctor
Greg Cruttwell as Patrolman Paatars
Frank Coda as Caretaker
Bruce McGuire as Foster
Crispin Harris as Waiter In Zeebrugge
Penelope Nice as Telephone Operator
Peter Aubrey as Plainclothes Man
Laurie Holloway as Leader of Bert Timmermans And His Flanders Four
Elsa O’Toole as Tanji
Clem Davis as Paulo
John Owens as Maitre D’
Mike Hayward as Club Doorman
Peter Jonfield as Willems
Michael Heath as Vermuelen
David McEwan as Dog Handler
Anne Rutter as De Jong’s Receptionist
Liz Goulding as Hotel Manageress
Michael Turner as De Jong

crew details
Writer: Michael Chapman
Executive Producers: Lloyd Shirley, Brian Walcroft
Producer: Michael Chapman
Director: Christopher Hodson.

production details
Country: UK
Network and Production Companies: ITV – Thames
Duration: 1×100 minute episodes
Aired From: 1 September 1987

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Rocky Mountain Christmas (HMC 2017, Lindy Booth, Kristoffer Polaha)

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Rocky Mountain Christmas

In Rocky Mountain Christmas evil stepmothers don’t only lurk in castles, tormenting helpless children. Sometimes, they’re on ranches, tormenting adults. A year after her father died in a fire at their Oregon ranch — a fire accidentally caused by her stepmother, Mae — Sarah has finally found her footing, turning the family homestead into a successful dude ranch. Still, Mae is pushing to take it over, seeing it as a potential goldmine. Meanwhile, Graham, a Hollywood superstar, wants to use the ranch as the location of his next movie. Sarah isn’t inclined to allow it.

During a long horseback ride through the moonlit mountains, Graham explains why this project is so dear to him. That and a soulful kiss make Sarah relent. But all does not run smoothly once the movie starts. Graham and his costar, Simone, had been involved; Sarah has fallen hard for the handsome star. Still, she won’t allow jealousy to cloud her professionalism. When Simone’s horse runs wild, Sarah saves her. And when Sarah’s evil stepmother, Mae, also runs wild — suing Sarah — Simone, in turn, saves Sarah.

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Lindy Booth as Sarah
Kristoffer Polaha as Graham
Chris McNally as Cody
Marci T. House as Delilah
Jason Schombing as Peter
Paige McCulloch as Nicole
Duncan Minett as Radio DJ
Jess Brown as Hostess

crew details
Director: Tibor Takács
Writers: Gregg Rossen, Brian Sawyer, Elena Zaretsky

production details
Country: USA
Network and Production Companies: Hallmark Movie Channel
Duration: 1×120 minute episode
Aired From: Saturday 16 December 2017

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Coming Home (BBC-1 1981, Sharon Duce, Philip Jackson)

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Sitcom Coming Home detailed the exploits of a bumbling chemistry teacher. Lynda Marchal, who plays Muriel, is better known as writer Lynda La Plante.

There was an untransmitted pilot made in 1980, this featured the same cast with the exception of Donald Maddocks who was played by Paul Copley.

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Sharon Duce as Sheila Maddocks
Philip Jackson as Donald Maddocks
Lynda Marchal as Muriel Maddocks
Roger Sloman as Ted Maddocks
Eva Griffith as Ruth
David Thackwray as Joey

crew details
Writer: David Fitzsimmons
Music: Ronnie Hazlehurst
Producer: Sydney Lotterby
Director: Martin Shardlow

production details
Country: UK
Network and Production Companies: BBC One
Duration: 6×30 minute episodes
Aired From: 27 February – 3 April Fridays at 7.30pm

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Combat Sheep (BBC-1 2001, Steve Coogan, Ronni Ancona)

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Combat Sheep

One-off comedy film Combat Sheep detailed the comic adventures of four ex-army mascot sheep. Made using a mixture of live action and puppetry.

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STEVE COOGAN as Harris
RONNI ANCONA as Peaches
MARK WILLIAMS as Moose
KEVIN ELDON as Cooper
CHRIS ELLISON as Detective Inspector Hindle

crew details
Writer: Tim Firth
Additional material: Peter Baynham and Graham Duff
Executive Producers: Steve Coogan, Henry Normal
Producer: Robert Howes;
Director: Dominic Brigstocke.

production details
Country: UK
Network and Production Companies: BBC One – A Baby Cow Productions – Childrens Company
Duration: 1×30 minute episode
Aired From: 30 December 2001 at 5:35pm

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