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Rich Man, Poor Man (ABC 1976, Nick Nolte, Peter Strauss)

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Multi-part made-for-television mini-series Rich Man, Poor Man was based on Irwin Shaw’s epic, juicy, best-selling novel about the Jordache clan, focusing in particular on two very different brothers: the gentle Rudy (Peter Strauss) and the rougher-hewn Tom (Nick Nolte).

Beginning with their childhood as the sons of the obstreperous Axel (Edward Asner), the series follows the ups-and-downs of their personal and professional lives over three decades, including their dual involvement with the seductive Julie Prescott (Susan Blakely).

Nolte and Strauss vaulted to stardom with their performances, ably supported by veterans Gloria Grahame, Dorothy McGuire, Fionnula Flanagan, Ray Milland and Edward Asner, who won a Best Acting Emmy. The series is further distinguished by an extraordinary (and also Emmy-winning) score from the great Alex North.

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USA / ABC – Universal / 1×100 minute episode 11×50 minute episodes / Broadcast 1976

Writer: Dean Reisner / Music: Alex North / Novel: Irwin Shaw / Producer: Jon Epstein / Costume: Charles Waldo / Executive Producer: Harve Bennett / Director: David Greene

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PETER STRAUSS as Rudy Jordache
NICK NOLTE as Tom Jordache
ED ASNER as Axel Jordache
TALIA SHIRE as Teresa Sanjorg
RAY MILLAND as Duncan Calderwood
DOROTHY McGUIRE as Mary Jordache
ROBERT REED as Teddy Boylan
GEORGE MAHARIS as Joey Quayles
BILL BIXBY as Willie Abbott
SUSAN BLAKELY as Julie Prescott
KAY LENZ
VAN JOHNSON
GLORIA GRAHAME
LYNDA DAY GEORGE
KIM DARBY
FIONNULA FLANAGAN

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Clochemerle (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 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

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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

production details
Country: Canada
Network and Production Companies: UP
Duration: 1×120 minute episode
Aired From: Sunday 10 December 2017

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