Teen drama series The Siege of Golden Hill looks at the then highly topical issue of urban decay, the concrete jungle and the problems faced by a whole generation of teenagers who found that making a start in the adult world was not going to be easy.
The series, set in an unnamed Midlands city that is clearly Birmingham judging by the accents, follows young teenager Billy who is a member of a gang called The Anvil. They are busy causing trouble at the local youth club (which has a new manager, Des, who recognises the problems the youth in the area are facing) but are also working for a crooked property developer called Allen who needs to get an old man out of the home he has lived in for decades. The man, Old Tom, is the only resident left in the street and with him still there Allen can’t get planning permission. Old Tom also just happens to be Billy’s granddad.
Billy also becomes involved with schoolfriend Sarah, whose father is on the local councillor. In a sign of the depth and quality of the series, the council are clearly in the pocket of Allen.
The series had two distinct six part storylines, the second focusing more on henchman Franks who, following the departure of Allenm fancied himself the new big man in town. With most of the gang disbanded Jacky aligned himself with Franks. The second half of the series focused on Franks and his protection rackets especially one involving Asian shopkeeper Sulliman.
The following year saw a six part sequel called Golden Hill, this mostly focused on gang leader Jacky.
UK / ITV – ATV / 12×25 minutes / Broadcast 8 June – 24 August 1975 Sundays at 5.35pm
Creators: Nick McCarty, John Sichel / Theme Music: Paul Clay / Producer and Director: John Sichel
Gerry Sundquist as Billy
Sara Clee as Sarah
Billy Hamon as Jacky
Peter Dudley as Des
Arnold Peters as Small
John Malcolm as Allen
Chris Sanders as Herbert Franks
Karen Berlinski as Mary
Walter Dalby as Old Tom
Gregory Munroe as Kenny
Dev Sagoo as Sulliman
Rafiq Anwar as Shastri
Frederick Shrecker as Sam
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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