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Shut Eye (Hulu 2016, Jeffrey Donovan, KaDee Strickland)

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In Shut Eye Charlie Haverford is a failed magician who now works as a psychic/conman overseeing a number of fortune telling parlors in Los Angeles. Employed for many years by a Romani kingpin, Charlie’s life is stifled and going nowhere until a blow to the head jars him into a new mindset and makes him question everything he has ever believed. When his wife urges him to break out on his own, he’s careful – because he knows that one wrong move will land him in a shallow grave.

Shut Eye takes a darkly comedic look at the underground world of Los Angeles storefront psychics and the organized crime syndicate that runs them. The story revolves around a disgruntled player in the organization who finds his cynical world view challenged when he starts to experience visions that may or may not be real.

From Hulu’s press release, November 2017… Charlie Haverford (Jeffrey Donovan) promised Linda (KaDee Strickland) a home when they first met – a luxury they have yet to truly relax into all these years later, given their never-ending chase of the next con. Now, more than ever, Charlie and Linda need to completely trust one another, but that’s never been easy for these two unrelenting con-artists. As Linda struggles with Gina’s (Emmanuelle Chriqui) death, her concern over Charlie’s sanity, and the thinning thread of faith she has for her husband’s “plan” to save their lives and livelihood, Charlie plots to get out from under Fonso (Angus Sampson), Rita (Isabella Rossellini) and Eduardo’s (David Zayas) thumbs.

Meanwhile, he continues to attempt to make sense of his visions and to further his quest to finally realize a “home” for his family. The Marks family faces similar uncertainty as their home has quite literally been taken from them. Fonso and Rita are left at odds following the dramatic events surrounding Drina (Havana Guppy) and Lil’ Tony’s wedding. Rita, a staunch defender of tradition, quickly learns that her future depends on deftly navigating her obligations to her family and her culture. Her life is further complicated by a federal investigation that threatens everything she holds dear. Fonso, now cast out from his family and community, must reinvent himself and figure out where this new incarnation belongs. Even in Los Angeles – a city caught between bullshit and enlightenment – there is no place like home.

Shut Eye

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Jeffrey Donovan as Charlie Haverford
KaDee Strickland as Linda Haverford
Angus Sampson as Fonso Marks
David Zayas as Eduardo Bernal
Susan Misner as Dr. Nora White
Isabella Rossellini as Rita Marks
Dylan Schmid as Nick
Havana Guppy as Drina
Layla Alizada as Simza
Emmanuelle Chriqui as Gina
Mel Harris as Nadine Davies

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Executive Producers: David Hudgins, Mark Johnson, Melissa Bernstein, Larysa Kondracki
Creator and Executive Producer: Les Bohem

production details
Country: USA
Network and Production Companies: Hulu – Gran Via Productions – TriStar Television
Duration: 20×60 minute episodes
Aired From: 7 December 2016

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Combat Sheep (BBC-1 2001, Steve Coogan, Ronni Ancona)

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One-off comedy film Combat Sheep detailed the comic adventures of four ex-army mascot sheep. Made using a mixture of live action and puppetry.

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STEVE COOGAN as Harris
RONNI ANCONA as Peaches
MARK WILLIAMS as Moose
KEVIN ELDON as Cooper
CHRIS ELLISON as Detective Inspector Hindle

crew details
Writer: Tim Firth
Additional material: Peter Baynham and Graham Duff
Executive Producers: Steve Coogan, Henry Normal
Producer: Robert Howes;
Director: Dominic Brigstocke.

production details
Country: UK
Network and Production Companies: BBC One – A Baby Cow Productions – Childrens Company
Duration: 1×30 minute episode
Aired From: 30 December 2001 at 5:35pm

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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 Рor 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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