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Shetland (BBC-1 2013, Douglas Henshall, Alison O’Donnell)

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Crime drama series in which Detective Inspector Jimmy Perez investigates murder on Scotland’s Shetland Isles.

Based on novels by Ann Cleeves (like ITV series Vera), the series which is mostly not filmed on the Shetland Isles (but obviously does make great play of the amazing Isle scenery when it needs to) began life with a two part pilot broadcast 10-11 March 2013 before graduating to a six part series beginning 11 March 2014.

Season three departed from the format a little, instead of two part stories it was one six part story. It also wasn’t based on Ann Cleeves novels.

A fourth season has been commissioned to air in 2017.

Pilot and first season stories all based on novels by Cleeves, these were Red Bones, Raven Black, Dead Water and Blue Lightning.

production details
UK / BBC-1 – BBC Scotland / 8×60 minute episodes / Broadcast 10 March 2013 – 4 March 2016

Producers: Sue de Beauvoir (season 1), Peter Gallagher (Season 2), Eric Coulter (Season 3) / Novels: Ann Cleeves / Executive Producers: Christopher Aird, Elaine Collins, Kate Bartlett

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Douglas Henshall as Detective Inspector Jimmy Perez
Steven Robertson as Police Constable (later) Detective Constable Sandy Wilson
Alison O’Donnell as Detective Constable (later) Sergeant Alison ‘Tosh’ MacIntosh
Stewart Porter/Lewis Howden as Sgt Billy McBride (Seasons 1–2)
Lewis Howden as Sgt Billy McBride (Season 3)
Erin Armstrong as Cassie Perez
Mark Bonnar as Duncan Hunter
Anne Kidd as Cora McLean, forensic pathologist (from Season 2)
Julie Graham as Rhona Kelly, Procurator Fiscal (from Season 2)

THE EPISODES
PILOTSEASON ONE 10 – 11 March 2013
1. RED BONES PART 1 (10 Mar 13)
2. RED BONES PART 2 (11 Mar 13)

SEASON TWO 11 March – 15 April 2014
1. RAVEN BLACK PART 1 (11 Mar 14)
2. RAVEN BLACK PART 2 (18 Mar 14)
3. DEAD WATER PART 1 (25 Mar 14)
4. DEAD WATER PART 2 (1 Apr 14)
5. BLUE LIGHTNING PART 1 (8 Apr 14)
6. BLUE LIGHTNING PART 2 (15 Apr 14)

SEASON THREE 15 January – 4 March 2016
Not based on Ann Cleeve’s novels and one single story across the six episodes. 
1. EPISODE ONE (15 Jan 16)
2. EPISODE TWO (22 Jan 16)
3. EPISODE THREE (5 Feb 16)
4. EPISODE FOUR (12 Feb 16)
5. EPISODE FIVE (19 Feb 16)
6. EPISODE SIX (4 Mar 16)

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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

crew details
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

crew details
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

crew details
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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