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Silver Collection, The (Sunday Night Theatre ITV 1971, Helen Mirren, Billy Murray)

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In The Silver Collection Rachel works at an art gallery, she falls for Jim who also works at the gallery but intellectually they are poles apart. Jim believes Rachel needs to take more notice of the real world and stop being such a dreamer.

A strong role for Helen Mirren and an early leading role for Billy Murray are the chief highlights of this one off drama in the Sunday Night Theatre strand.

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“All over the world there are people like me – looking after beautiful things. And doing jobs that seem silly to you… And I don’t believe what you said about the distance between us.”

production details
UK / ITV Network – Granada / 1×60 minute episode / Broadcast Sunday 23 May 1971 @ 10.15pm

Writer: Susan Pleat / Production Design: Denis Parkin / Producer: James Brabazon / Director: Alan Gibson

Series: Sunday Night Theatre Episode 9

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HELEN MIRREN as Rachel
BILLY MURRAY as Jim
CYRIL LUCKHAM as Mulberry
BILL GAVIN as Potts
ELIZABETH BENNETT as Sheila
DOROTHEA RUNDLE as Sister Francis
ROWLAND DAVIES as David
JEFFREY GARDINER as Ben
EILEEN COLGAN as Bold Lady
NONA WILLIAMS as Vera
BARRY STOKES as Policeman
MARGARET WARD as Mother
DESMOND JORDAN as Father
ANGELA ELLIS as Governess

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

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Combat Sheep

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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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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