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Quatermass II (BBC 1955, John Robinson, Monica Grey)

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Sci-Fi drama serial that was a sequel to The Quatermass Experiment. Two years on and the professor is back (this time played by John Robinson in place of Reginald Tate who sadly died just before filming was due to commence). This time out expectation was huge (the available TV audience had grown massively too since the first serial, thanks in no small part to the live broadcast of the Queen’s Coronation) and it didn’t disappoint.

In the six parter Professor Bernard Quatermass has problems on his hands when aliens plan an earth takeover. The aliens are using an asteroid as a handy base and have the ability to use mind control to take over people’s brains and bodies.

Location filming was at the Shellhaven Refinery in Essex.

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UK / BBC / 6×30 minute episodes / Broadcast 22nd October – 26th November 1955 black and white

Writer: Nigel Kneale / Producer: Rudolph Cartier / Director: Stephen Wilkie / Special Effects: Bernard Wilkie, Jack Kine

cast
JOHN ROBINSON as Professor Bernard Quatermass
MONICA GREY as Paula Quatermass
HUGH GRIFFITHS as Dr. Leo Pugh
JOHN STONE as Captain John Dillon
RUPERT DAVIES as Vincent Broadhead

THE EPISODES
1. THE BOLTS
Professor Quatermass attends the site of crashed alien object, whilst he is there another object crashes in front of him releasing a strange gas.
Guest Cast: RIAN HAYES as Sgt Grice / TONY LYONS as Private / ERIC LUGG as Fred Large / HILDA BARRY as Mrs. Large / HERBERT LOMAS as Robert / RICHARD CUTHBERT as Landlord / KIM GRANT as Technician / PETER MACARTE as Technician / PETER CARVER as Aussie Commentator

2. THE MARK
Captain John Dillon has been scarred by the crashed object, he is spirited away by some strange guards and Quatermass is unable to find him. Quatermass also discovers that several officials involved in an inquiry about the crash have also been scarred.
Guest Cast: AUSTIN TREVOR as Fowler / JOHN MILLER as Stenning / WILFRED BRAMBELL as Tramp / PETER CARVER as Inspector Clifford / MICHEAL BRENNAN as Dawson / SHEILA MARTIN as Child / HILDA FENEMORE as Mother / MICHEAL COLLINS as Thompson / DIANA CHESNEY as Secretary / O’ DONOVAN SHEILL as Head Of Commission

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3. THE FOOD
Quatermass must get back into the crash site – a chemical plant – and now has to trick his way in. One of the men with him, Ward is killed after being covered in some bizarre synthetic food substance. Doctor Leo Pugh has discovered where the crashed object has come from – an alien asteroid.
Guest Cast: DEREK AYLWARD as Ward / JOHN CAZABOND as Doctor / MARGARET FLINT as Waitress / ILONA FERENCE as Mother / SYDNEY BROMLEY as Father / MELVYN HAYES as Frankie / TREVOR REID as Analyst / PHILIP LEVENE as Supervisor / STEPHEN SCOTT as Guard / AUSTIN TREVOR as Fowler / JOHN MILLER as Stenning / O’ DONOVAN SEILL as Head Of Commission

4. THE COMING
Quatermass organizes a deputation of local villagers to march on the plant. Once there he discovers a huge alien growing inside one of the food storage domes.
Guest Cast: ROGER DELGADO as Conrad / MICHAEL GOLDEN as Paddy / JOHN RAE as McLeod / ELSIE ARNOLD as Mrs. McLeod / IAN WILSON as Ernie / DESMOND JORDAN as Young Workman / MARTIN LANE as Technician / TOM CLEGG as Guard / AUSTIN TREVOR as Fowler.

5. THE FRENZY
The workers at the plant conspire to destroy it and Quatermass plans to send up a rocket to destroy the asteroid.
Guest Cast: MICHAEL GOLDEN as Paddy / JOHN RAE as McLeod / IAN WILSON as Ernie / DESMOND JORDAN as Young Workman / DENTON DE GRAY as Technician / MARTIN LANE as Technician

6. THE DESTROYERS
Quatermass launches his rocket but must also overcome his assistant Dr. Pugh who has been taken over.
Guest Cast:  DENTON DE GRAY as Technician / MARTIN LANE as Technician / DENIS McCARTHY as Doctor / CYRIL SHAPS as Control Assistant

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Clochemerle (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 Clochemerle 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

crew details
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

crew details
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

crew details
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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