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Second Coming, The (ITV1 2003, Christopher Eccleston, Lesley Sharp)

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In the hard hitting drama The Second Coming Manchester Video shop worker Steven Baxter announces he is the son of God and proves it with a miracle. With the world’s attention awed by the event he announces that the world’s future fate is to soon be decided and everyone must submit their ideas for how mankind should proceed in a “third testament” from which he will choose the one that shall be the path to follow.

He gathers his closest friends as his disciples to help him decide including Judith, a friend since childhood. All the time the Devil’s henchmen, led by Johnny Tyler, with their sinister glowing eyes, are at work trying to hinder things. Eventually Judith realises what the “third testament” is and knows that Steven has to die so that mankind can dispense with its dependence on a god.

Supremely interesting stuff from writer Davies, challenging and asking some serious questions of modern day life. Davies had initially written the story as a four parter for Channel Four back in the late 1990’s but they ended up passing on it, it was then pitched to the BBC before finding a home on ITV. It’s

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UK / ITV1 Network – Red / 2×90 minute episodes / Broadcast 9-10 February 2003 @ 9:00pm

Writer: Russell T Davies / Executive Producers: Russell T. Davies, Nicola Shindler / Costumes: Emma Rosenthal / Music: Murray Gold / Producer: Ann Harrison-Baxter / Director: Adrian Shergold

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CHRISTOPHER ECCLESTON as Steven Baxter
LESLEY SHARP as Judith Roach
WILLIAM TRAVIS as Dave Morris
AHSEN BHATTI as Peter Gupta
ANNABELLE APSION as Fiona Morris
JOHN HENSHAW as Clive Saxon
MARK BENTON as Johnny Tyler
DENISE BLACK as Rachel Craig
JUDITH BARKER as Eileen Saxon
RAY EMMET BROWN as Charge Nurse
PETER ARMITAGE as Frank Baxter
RORY KINNEAR as Father Dillane
JAZMINE FRANKS as Jane Morris
ROSALIND MARCH as Woman Driver
STEVE MONEY as Stan Lynch
PETER WIGHT as Len Chadwick
JACK WATSON as Alex Morris
MARY CUNNINGHAM as Female Expert
ANTHONY SCHAEFFER as Male Expert
PHIL CLEGG as Hospital Policeman
NEIL BELL as Homeless Man
LEE SEDDON as Lee Lynch
CHRIS LI as Chinese Newscaster
JAGTAR SINGH as Indian Newsreader
HENRY MARGOLIS as Rabbi Shorofski
TIM WOODWARD as Chief Constable Richard Tanner
DAVID HOROVITCH as Mr Street
DOUG COCKLE as American Newsreader
JENNIFER HENNESSY as Female Reporter
ANGEL COULBY as PC Louise Fraser
KENNY DOUGHTY as PC Simon Lincoln
JOHN WARNABY as Phone In Presenter
JOE SIMPSON as Pub Bouncer
JEFF MERCHANT as Calm Man
VICTORIA MYERS as Check Out Girl
DAVID PROSHO as PC Jackson
JONATHAN BRIDGE as Disciple at Maine Road
CIARAN GRIFFITHS as Man in Pub
BERNARD NAGLE as Old Man
CAROLINE PEGG as Sue
ANDREW UNDERWOOD as The Lad
PETER WRIGHT as Len Chadwick
CAROL BARNES, JUDY FINNIGAN, RICHARD MADELEY, KRISHNAN GURU-MURTHY, JON SNOW, GERMAINE GREER as Themselves

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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

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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

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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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Christmas Reunion, A (Lifetime 2015, Catherine Hicks, Denise Richards)

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A Christmas Reunion Lifetime

In A Christmas Reunion a Madison Avenue executive, Amy, discovers an unusual Christmas surprise when she inherits her Aunt’s hometown bakery. The real surprise comes when she learns the other half of the bakery was left to her long-ago boyfriend, Jack.

Unresolved personal issues resurface between them, as the exes return home to co-manage the store, along with its traditional holiday cookie bake-off.

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Denise Richards as Amy Stone
Patrick Muldoon as Jack Evans
Jake Busey as Dylan Carruthers
Catherine Hicks as Aunt Linda
Parker Stevenson as Don Dupree
Patricia De Leon as Janette Crowder
Jon Briddell as Luke Crowder
Robert R. Shafer as Frank O’Brien
Anna Barnholtz as Chloe
John Colton as Steve Evans
Sandra Evans as Shari
Brody Fitzgerald as Young Jack Evans
Michael Gaglio as Earl Pratt, Sr.
Gib Gerard as Earl Pratt, Jr.
Joyce Greenleaf as Helen

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Director: Sean Olson
Writers: Margaret Base, Mary Glenn, Sam Irvin, Sean Olson, Peter Sullivan, Michael Varrat

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Country: USA
Network and Production Companies: Lifetime – Hybrid
Duration: 1×120 minute episode
Aired From: 13 December 2015

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