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Real Women (BBC-1 1998-1999 with Pauline Quirke and Michelle Collins)

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UK / BBC One / 7×60 minute episodes / Broadcast 26 February 1998 – 9 November 1999

Writer: Susan Oudot / Music: Carl Davis / Titles: Diverse Design / Executive Producers: Michael Wearing, Jane Tranter / Producer: Debbie Shewell / Director: Philip Davis

Strong drama series Real Women told it like it is when a wedding brings a group of former schoolfriends, now in their late thirties, together once more and before you know it all have revealed they are going through some kind of crisis in their life. Susie is the one getting married to Jo but is actually none too sure that she wants to marry him at all, meanwhile Mandy (the fab Pauline Quirke) is overweight and underloved (especially by her husband and kids who take her for granted) but is involved in an affair with an estate agent, bank clerk Janet wants to have a child but feels time is running out, Anna is single and is writer who feels she has moved away from her old life and finally there is teacher Karen who is scared to reveal to the girls that she is a lesbian.

Initially made as a three part with the action moving from the hen night to the wedding itself, there was a four part sequel the following year with the girls all about to hit 40 and Susie about to have a baby.

The casting was good, all of the female leads were riding very high at the time the series was made, it was based on a pair of Susan Oudot novels, Real Women and All That I Am. Series one ran from 26 Feb – 12 March 1998 with episodes titled The Hen Night, The Hangover and The Hitch whilst the second series ran from 19 October – 9 November 1999, episodes this time were untitled. Incidentally director Philip Davis is better known as actor Phil Davis.

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PAULINE QUIRKE as Mandy
MICHELLE COLLINS as Susie
LESLEY MANVILLE as Karen
GWYNETH STRONG as Janet
FRANCES BARBER as Anna
JANE GURNETT as Chris
GARY WEBSTER as Steve
RICHARD GRAHAM as Peter
PETER HUGO-DALY as Barry
TONI PALMER as Doreen
TONY SELBY as Bobby
MARK MORAGHAN as Jonathan Bell
DEBBIE ARNOLD as Lyndsay
CON O’NEILL as Jo
BRIAN PROTHEROE as Frank
PETER LINDFORD as Richard Scoles
AARON WHITE as Barrett
DAVE HILL as Derek Johnston
RAY STEVENSON as Michael
ADRIENNE POSTA as Babs

 

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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

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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 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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