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Single Father (BBC-1 David Tennant, Suranne Jones)

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In Single Father, when Dave’s wife Rita dies in a road accident he finds it hard to cope, especially with the demands of his four growing kids Lucy, Paul, Ewan and Evie. He finds comfort from Rita’s best friend Sarah and even though Sarah is in a relationship the two of them find themselves drawn to each other.

Another strong human story from ex-actor turned writer Mick Ford, Single Father asks how soon is too soon to fall in love after the death of a partner, Dave is really struggling to cope and is of course naturally reluctant to begin a new relationship and even more concerned about not only what his kids might think but also whether he is betraying Rita in some way.

Further complicating things is the issue of eldest daughter Lucy who is Rita’s child from an earlier relationship, she has never known her real father and because Dave and Rita never married he is worried that he might lose custody of her, she is hurting too of course and having lost her mum is determined to track down her real father.

This was David Tennant’s first big TV role since leaving Doctor Who, he’s such a natural leading man though, all charm and natural likeability, a blond haired Suranne Jones co-stars as Sarah, a difficult role really because the audience is not initially overly natural sympathetic towards her. And always good to see the likes of Isla Blair and Rupert Graves in anything.

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UK / BBC One – Red / 4×60 minute episodes / Broadcast Sunday 10 October – Sunday 31 October 2010

Writer: Mick Ford / Executive Producers: Nicola Shindler, Anne Mensah, Gaynor Holmes / Producer: Peter Gallagher / Director: Sam Miller

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DAVID TENNANT as Dave
SURANNE JONES as Sarah
LAURA FRASER as Rita
NATASHA WATSON as Lucy
SOPHIE KENNEDY CLARK as Tanya
CHRIS HEGARTY as Paul
ROBERT DICKSON as Ewan
MILLIE INNES as Evie
NEVE McINTOSH as Anna
MARK HEAP as Robin
ISLA BLAIR as Beatty
WARREN BROWN as Matt
JENNI KEENAN GREEN as Michelle
RUPERT GRAVES as Stuart

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Clochmerle (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 Clochmerle 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

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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

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Writer: Roy Clarke
Producer and Director: Alan J.W. Bell

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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

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Country: Canada
Network and Production Companies: UP
Duration: 1×120 minute episode
Aired From: Sunday 10 December 2017

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