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Saint Elsewhere (NBC 1982-1988, Mark Harmon, Denzel Washington)

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St. Elsewhere, an offbeat, critically acclaimed hospital drama of unprecedented quality, debuted on NBC on October 26, 1982. Produced by the company responsible for “Hill St. Blues,” it was considered a medical version of that program, showcasing unflinching realism and excellent writing and acting, as well as a unique blend of black humor, drama and tragedy. Despite amassing eight Emmy Awards and a fiercely loyal following during its five-year run, it received poor ratings. On May 25, 1988, “St. Elsewhere” closed its doors to network TV.

Set in a rundown Boston neighborhood, “St. Elsewhere” (the derisive name given to St. Eligius teaching hospital) serves patients not wanted by the more prestigious institutions. The sensitive Dr. Donald Westphall leads the administration, struggling with the daily triumphs and failures of hospital life. He is busy with the dedicated and caring staff who have their own difficulties, such as egotistical heart surgeon Dr. Mark Craig, inexperienced graduate Dr. Victor Ehrlich, and the young resident Dr. Phillip Chandler, who is afraid of not measuring up to the high standards of medicine.

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It is a place where little joys like the birth of a baby are offset by muggings in the emergency room, ministering aid to the indigent and homeless, a nurse stealing medication from patients, and so on. And unlike most previous medical shows, patients on “St. Elsewhere” do not always pull through.

Created by Joshua Brand and John Falsey, the team who went on to create “Northern Exposure,” “St. Elsewhere” was in part based on the experiences of a friend of Brand’s in a Cleveland teaching hospital. The series humanized the never-ending ordeals of a fast-paced hospital, made real with hand-held cameras, multiple intersecting episodes and overlapping dialogue. The show’s fresh urban edge revitalized a programming genre that had grown stale, and paved the way to current medical drama successes such as “ER” and “Chicago Hope.”

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USA / NBC – MTM / 137×60 minute episode / Broadcast 26 October 1982 – 25 May 1988

Creators: Joshua Brand, John Falsey / Music: Dave Grusin / Executive Producer: Bruce Paltrow

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ED FLANDERS as Dr Donald Westphall
WILLIAM DANIELS as Dr Mark Craig
MARK HARMON as Dr Bob Caldwell
DENZEL WASHINGTON as Dr Philip Chandler
NORMAN LLOYD as Dr Daniel Aushchlander
ED BEGLEY JR as Dr Victor Ehrlich
HOWIE MANDEL as Dr Wayne Fiscus
DAVID BIRNEY as Dr Ben Samuels
CHRISTINA PICKLES as Nurse Helen Rosenthal
DAVID MORSE as Dr Jack Morrison
ERIC LANEUVILLE as Luther Hawkins
CYNTHIA SYKES as Dr Annie Cavanero
TERENCE KNOX as Dr Peter White
G.W. BAILEY as Dr Hugh Beale
ELLEN BRY as Nurse Daniels

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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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