With it’s script from Andrew “Saucy” Davies, To Serve Them All My Days was a big success on its broadcast in 1980, making the name of John Duttine, who headlines, in the process. This 13 part drama series is heavy on period charm, made following the success of A Horseman Riding By, a serial of a similar nature and also based on a doorstop of a novel by R.F. Delderfield.
When the series begins the First World War is drawing to a close and David Powlett-Jones has been invalided out of the army following a bout of shell-shock. Powlett-Jones manages to secure himself a job teaching at Bamfylde public school where he soon overcomes his wartime experiences to become a major influence on the boys at the school, the series progresses over quite a few years as Powlett-Jones, marries, faces tragedies and the like.
Shot all on video To Serve Them All My Days has a certain touch of class about it, writer Davies is on understated form here compared to some of his later adaptations and the serial is all the better for it. Duttine is very good as the tired and worn Powlett-Jones who comes to bloom under the caring eyes of Bamfylde.
The large supporting cast is fantastic too featuring as it does such names as Frank Middlemass, Belinda Lang, Neil Stacy, Kim Braden, Norman Bird, Charles Kay, Susan Jameson and Peter Arne whilst Nicholas Lyndhurst appears as one of the older schoolboys.
The serial evokes quite a melancholic mood and is very watchable with its depiction of an era that has gone forever, an interesting chronicle of middle class England at a time when it was struggling to find it’s identity.
UK / BBC One / 13×50 minute episode / Broadcast 17 October 1980 – 16 January 1981
Writer: Andrew Davies / Novel: R.F. Delderfield / Music: Kenyon Emrys-Roberts / Producer: Ken Riddington / Directors: Ronald Wilson, Peter Jeffries, Terence Dudley
JOHN DUTTINE as David Powlett-Jones
FRANK MIDDLEMASS as Algy Harries
BELINDA LANG as Beth
KIM BRADEN as Julia
SUSAN JAMESON as Christine
NICHOLAS LYNDHURST as Dobson
PHILIP FRANKS as Blades
NORMAN BIRD as Blunt
JOHN ALKIN as Chetwynd
CHARLES KAY as Alcock
DAVID KAY as Barnaby
NEIL STACY as Cater
Clochmerle (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 Clochmerle 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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