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Silence, The (BBC-1 2010, Doug Henshall, Dervla Kirwan)

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In four part thriller The Silence 18 year old Amelia Edwards, born profoundly deaf, has just had a cochlear implant and for the first time is able to have some degree of hearing. She has left home and is living with her police detective Uncle Jim and Aunt Maggie, all is going well until Amelia witnesses the murder of a policewoman and quickly realises that the killer is on Jim’s work team. When Jim discovers what she knows he faces the difficult choice of keeping her and his family safe and also the uphill task of bringing the bad guy to justice.

Clever idea for a series, a plot very much like something out of one those vintage black and white Merton Park British B-movies from the 1950’s and 60’s. Casting wise the leads are all highly capable, not to say excellent but one can only wonder at the casting departments of the UK TV stations, apparently they only have six actors on their books, you can guarantee if a show doesn’t star Julie Graham then it will feature Gina McKee; and again with Hugh Bonneville, great actor but he is in every show ever made. Young actress Genevieve Barr is also profoundly deaf in real life.

Writer Seres was living in Sydney, Australia at the time she penned the drama (having worked on shows such as Tangle and Love My Way) but moved her family to the UK once the show got the go ahead.

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UK / BBC One – Company Pictures / 4×60 minute episodes / Broadcast Monday 12 July – Thursday 15 July 2010 @ 9.00pm

Writer: Fiona Seres / Script Editor: Charlotte Essex / Costumes: Driscoll Calder / Production Design: Susie Cullen / Music: John Lunn / Executive Producers: Charles Pattinson, George Faber, Polly Hill / Producers: Eleanor Greene, Andrew Lowe / Director: Dearbhla Walsh

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GENEVIEVE BARR as Ameila
DOUGLAS HENSHALL as Jim
DERVLA KIRWAN as Maggie
GINA McKEE as Annie
HUGH BONNEVILLE as Chris
HARRY FERRIER as Tom
REBECCA OLDFIELD as Sophie
TOM KANE as Joel
ROD HALLETT as Mac
RICHIE CAMPBELL as Rocky
DEL SYNNOTT as Terry
DAVID WESTHEAD as Frank
SHAZAD LATIF as Yousef
MARK STOBBART as Lee
JOSETTE SIMON as Therapist
LAURA WAY as Robyn
JODY LATHAM as Dean Roache
LARA STEWARD as Maxine
GILES ALDERSON as Andy
ALISON LINTOTT as Receptionist
EMMET COLGAN as Rocky’s Trainer
EIMEAR O’GRADY as Jane Shilliday
REBECCA DUNNE as Issy
BRODY as Himself
EMMET KIRWAN as Custody Officer
CAITRIONA MARTIN as Maxine’s Mother
CONOR MULLEN as Paul Begley
STEFAN BOOTH as Richard Gray
CATHERINE WALKER as Sarah Casey
SAMMY DOBSON as Paramedic

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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 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

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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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Christmas Reunion, A (Lifetime 2015, Catherine Hicks, Denise Richards)

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In A Christmas Reunion a Madison Avenue executive, Amy, discovers an unusual Christmas surprise when she inherits her Aunt’s hometown bakery. The real surprise comes when she learns the other half of the bakery was left to her long-ago boyfriend, Jack.

Unresolved personal issues resurface between them, as the exes return home to co-manage the store, along with its traditional holiday cookie bake-off.

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Denise Richards as Amy Stone
Patrick Muldoon as Jack Evans
Jake Busey as Dylan Carruthers
Catherine Hicks as Aunt Linda
Parker Stevenson as Don Dupree
Patricia De Leon as Janette Crowder
Jon Briddell as Luke Crowder
Robert R. Shafer as Frank O’Brien
Anna Barnholtz as Chloe
John Colton as Steve Evans
Sandra Evans as Shari
Brody Fitzgerald as Young Jack Evans
Michael Gaglio as Earl Pratt, Sr.
Gib Gerard as Earl Pratt, Jr.
Joyce Greenleaf as Helen

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Director: Sean Olson
Writers: Margaret Base, Mary Glenn, Sam Irvin, Sean Olson, Peter Sullivan, Michael Varrat

production details
Country: USA
Network and Production Companies: Lifetime – Hybrid
Duration: 1×120 minute episode
Aired From: 13 December 2015

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