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Special Branch: Double Exposure (ITV 14 Feb 1974, with Stuart Wilson)

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In Double Exposure Craven and Haggerty are asked by Commander Fletcher to look into the life of candid photographer Steven Gill in the form of a positive vetting. Haggerty goes undercover as property developer and new neighbour of Gill’s but very soon finds himself getting a little too personally involved. Especially when he falls for Gill’s assistant Lena.

As it happens Haggerty is being completely played by Intelligence man Strand who wants Gill under his control – he wants fake pictures of an African dignitary planted in an international magazine as part of a plot to discredit him.

Double Exposure is the opening episode of the fourth and final season of Special Branch and there are a few changes to note; Haggerty is now fully on board as a regular cast member and there are two other new regular cast members with the boys getting a new boss in the shape of Commander Fletcher and governent bod Strand giving us echoes of season one and two’s Moxon.

The TV Times featured a brief article about the return of the series and new boy Strand (who is played by Paul Eddington) and his unspecified position within the Secret Intelligence Service – “a nasty on our side” as they put it.

Special Branch Double Exposure

A high quality episode (apart from a decidedly twee montage of Haggerty and Lena having a romantic afternoon in the park – including Tom rescuing a kids kite from a tree whilst a middle of the road string laden tune plays) from the always excellent Michael J. Bird.

High quality actor Stuart Wilson who plays photographer Steven had his best known TV role in 1982’s The Old Men at the Zoo and later divided his time between strong character parts both in Hollywood and the UK.

classic quote
“I don’t like having my people used in this way.”
“My dear commander, what else are people for.”

production details
UK / ITV – Thames / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Thursday 14 February 1974 at 8.30pm

Writer: Michael J. Bird / Director: Don Leaver

Series: Special Branch Season 4 Episode 1

cast
George Sewell as Alan Craven
Patrick Mower as Tom Haggerty
Frederick Jaeger as Cmdr Fletcher
Paul Eddington as Strand
Gabriella Licudi as Lena Drummond
Stuart Wilson as Steven Gill
Terence Bayler as Security Man
Peter Needham as Detective Sergeant
Kenneth Watson as Detective Inspector
Ralph Watson as Detective in Car
Sandra Hale as Girl in pub
John Gill as Sugar Daddy

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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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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

crew details
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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