Drama series Sally Ann focused on the activities of a Salvation Army group led by Major Gibbs. Other key members of the group include Major Cartwright, Lt Mark Barker and the elderly Pike (played by the fabulous Sam Kydd).
Much of the focus of the series is on the hostel that the Salavation Army runs for homeless men, the fact that people are coming and going on a regular basis does serve to keep the storyline flowing.
As befitting the subject matter the half hour series was given a Sunday night at 6.00pm slot. The series had been due to air from 12 September but the massive industrial action by ITV staff saw the network off the air for 10 weeks.
Sally Ann turns out to be pretty inconsequential overall, the stories are generally quite slight and the playing is very soap like. In fact you can imagine that the production team envisaged the series as a possible long running soap. A longer run than eight episodes would definitely have allowed for greater scope in getting to know the characters.
UK / ITV – Southern / 8×25 minute episodes / Broadcast 28 October – 16 December 1979
Script Editor: Tony McLaren / Production Design: Greg Lawson / Theme Music: Lift Up The Banner arranged by Dudley Simpson / Salvation Army Advisor: Major John Bate / Executive Producer: Lewis Rudd / Producer: Tristan de Vere Cole
Frank Mills as Major Gibbs
Stephanie Cole as Mr Major Gibbs
Gerald James as Major Cartwright
Carol Leader a Lt Mary Barker
Sam Kydd as Pike
Julia Chambers as Hannah
Philip da Costa as Bramwell
1. CHOICE (28 Oct 79)
2. A SAILOR’S RETURN (4 Nov 79)
3. A SAILOR’S FAREWELL (11 Nov 79)
4. WHERE’S MY TROUBLE AND STRIFE (18 Nov 79)
5. I’M ENTITLED (25 Nov 79)
6. DECISIONS (2 Dec 79)
7. THE RELUCTANT CHOSEN (9 Dec 79)
8. PUT OUT TO GRASS (16 Dec 79)
Clochemerle (BBC-2 1972, Cyril Cusack, Roy Dotrice)
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.
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
Writers: Ray Galton, Alan Simpson
Novel: Gabriel Chevallier
Producer: Michael Mills
Network and Production Companies: BBC Two – Bavaria
Duration: 9×30 minute episodes
Aired From: 18 February – 14 April 1972 Fridays at 10.05pm
Clairvoyant, The (BBC-2 1986, Roy Kinnear, Sandra Dickinson)
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.
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
Writer: Roy Clarke
Producer and Director: Alan J.W. Bell
Network and Production Companies: BBC-2
Duration: 6×30 minute episodes
Aired From: Pilot – 27 November 1984 and Series – 15 May – 19 June 1986
Christmas Princess (UP 2017, Nicole Munoz, Zak Santiago)
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.
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
Director: Allan Harmon
Writer: Tracy Andreen
Network and Production Companies: UP
Duration: 1×120 minute episode
Aired From: Sunday 10 December 2017
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