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Secret Servant, The (BBC-1 1984, Charles Dance, Jill Meager)

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The Secret Servant as a strong three part espionage thriller based on the novel by Gavin Lyall and starring Charles Dance as SAS officer Harry Maxim who is seconded to bodyguard visiting nuclear scientist Professor John Tyler on a visit to Downing Street. Maxim soon discovers that Tyler’s visit is the catalyst for the unravelling of a major conspiracy.

Adapted by Thriller specialist Brian Clemens, The Secret Servant was one of three novels by Lyall to feature the character of Harry Maxim. Lyall is one of those British authors that wrote first class thrillers in the seventies and eighties but has been all but forgotten these days.

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UK / BBC One / 3×55 minute episodes / Broadcast 6 – 8 December 1984

Writer: Brian Clemens / Novel: Gavin Lyall / Script Editor: Maggie Allen / Music: Dave Greenslade / Production Design: Dugald Findlay / Producer: Bob McIntosh / Director: Alastair Reid

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Charles Dance as Harry Maxim
Jill Meager as Agnes Algar
Harvey Ashby as George Harbinger
Dan O’Herlihy as Professor John Tyler
Harry Jones as Charley Farthing
Julian Curry as Sir Anthony Sladen
Alexander Reid as Chris Maxim
Constantine Gregory as Komoscin
Willoughby Goddard as Master
John Graham as Rex Masson
Brown Derby as Bob Etheridge
Jill Balcon as Mary Jackaman
Charles Hodgson as Gerald Jackaman
Elizabeth Spender as Melinda Foy
Rom Anderson as Zuzana Kindl
Roger Ashton-Griffiths as Ivan
Helena Little as Markova
Patrick Monckton as Petrov

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Clochemerle (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 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 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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