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S.W.A.T (ABC 1975-1976 with Steve Forrest and Robert Urich)

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USA / ABC / x60 minute episodes / Broadcast 24 February 1975 – 29 June 1976

Creator: Robert Hamner / Theme Music: Theme from S.W.A.T. by Barry DeVorzon / Executive Producers: Aaron Spelling, Leonard Goldberg

With a theme tune straight out of prime era Shaft and leading men like Steve “The Baron” Forrest and Robert “Vegas” Urich, you just know S.W.A.T is classic viewing.

S.W.A.T (which stands for Special Weapons and Tactics) first aired in early 1975 and was based of course on the real life S.W.A.T teams that sprang up in America in the 1970’s.

The show ran for two seasons on the ABC network, episode one introduces new boy Jim Street who joins the S.W.A.T. team after his partner is killed in the line of duty. This was Urich’s first major role in TV and he acquits himself well, the series was inspired by the growing number of such police units in Los Angeles and other U.S.cities in the wake of the civil disturbance of the late 1960’s. The show actually grew out of popular show The Rookies with Steve Forrest’s character Hondo Harellson appearing in an episode of that show training up the Rookies in SWAT methods.

Like any good ensemble show there is a real mix of characters, Dominic was the Marksman, Sgt Kay was communications and T.J. handled back up. Hondo ran around a lot and spouted things like “Police work is dull, boring and repetitious.”

Although viewed today it may seem somewhat on the violent side but by it’s very nature S.W.A.T has to pretty much feature a siege or a shoot out in every episode.

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Steve Forrest as Dan “Hondo” Harrelson
Rod Perry as David “Deacon” Kay
Robert Urich as James Street
James Coleman as T.J. McCabe
Mark Shera as Dominic Luca
Ellen Weston as Betty Harrelson
Michael Harland as Matt Harrelson
David Adams as Kevin Harrelson

 

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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

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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