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Sparkling Cyanide (ITV 2003, Pauline Collins, Oliver Ford Davies)

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Pauline Collins, Kenneth Cranham, Susan Hampshire and Oliver Ford Davies head an all-star cast in a contemporary dramatisation of Agatha Christie’s Sparkling Cyanide.

This single drama updates and relocates the classic murder mystery to a glamorous 21st century world of London socialites, secret agents – and the highest corridors of power.

Adapted by Laura Lamson, the film also stars Lia Williams, James Wilby, Chloe Howman, Clare Holman, Jonathan Firth and Justin Pierre.

In a glitzy London nightspot, an ambitious soccer club celebrates victory. The 20-something wife of chairman George Barton (Kenneth Cranham) drinks a champagne toast … and slumps to the floor dead in the full gaze of her fellow guests.

The potential for scandal is enormous. The dead woman had a lover, who just happens to be Stephen Farraday (James Wilby), the ambitious Minister for Sport

Enter Geoffrey (Oliver Ford Davies) and Catherine (Pauline Collins), a respectable late middle-aged couple, whose dependable and somewhat dull life is a cover for their real roles as trusted and valued agents for the British Intelligence Service.

Geoffrey and Catherine set out on the trail of the murderer. There’s no shortage of suspects but the situation is made even more complicated when one of the prime suspects becomes a victim.

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UK / ITV-1 – Company Pictures – Chorion PLC / 1×100 minute episodes / Broadcast 5 October 2003

Writer: Laura Lamson / Novel: Agatha Christie / Producer: Suzan Harrison / Director: Tristam Powell

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PAULINE COLLINS as Dr Catherine Kendall
OLIVER FORD DAVIES as Colonel Geoffrey Reece
KENNETH CRANHAM as George Barton
JONATHAN FIRTH as Mark Drake
SUSAN HAMPSHIRE as Lucilla Drake
CLARE HOLMAN as Alexandra Farraday
JAMES WILBY as Stephen Farraday
LIA WILLIAMS as Ruth Lessing
DOMINIC COOPER as Andy Hoffman
JACK FORTUNE as Phillip MCCAIN
CHLOE HOWMAN as Iris Marie
JUSTIN PIERRE as Carl Fitzgerald

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Clochmerle (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 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

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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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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