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Spender (BBC-1 1991-1993 with Jimmy Nail and Sammy Johnson)

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UK / BBC One – Big Boy / 20×50 minute episodes 1×90 minute episodes / Broadcast 8 January 1991 – 29 December 1993

Creators: Jimmy Nail, Ian La Frenais / Music: Tony MacAnaney / Producers: Martin McKeand, Paul Raphael

Crime drama series. Tough Geordie cop Spender is sent back to Newcastle (after working in London) to work undercover and get on the inside of the criminal underworld. Spender was seperated from his wife who had also returned to Newcastle with their two children (both girls). Spender was something of a loner but did have some friends especially habitual small time crook Stick, whose contacts and general shadiness actually worked out quite well for Spender. There was also MS suffering musician Keith who had been big back in the 70’s and 80’s but now ran a music shop. Spender’s police contact was the genial Detective Sergeant Dan Boyd who had a soft spot for Spender and helped keep their boss Superintendent Yelland (and then Detective Chief Superintendent Gillespie) from getting too involved in the cases Spender was working on.

Something of a pet project for Jimmy Nail this, he created the series (with help from Ian La Frenais), wrote most of the episodes and had many of his friends working on the series. This was also a very different Nail from the one who had shot to fame in Auf Wiedersehen Pet, the yobbish overweight Oz replaced by the stick thin and decidedly cool undercover cop.

Alan Plater co-wrote a season two episode (The Golden Striker) with Nail and the pair were credited on-screen as Kenneth Ladd. La Frenais wrote a couple of episodes as did Auf Wiedersehen scribe Stan Hey. Val McLane (in real life Jimmy Nail’s sister also contributed the season three script Kid (she also made a guest appearance in The Golden Striker). The series finished off in strong style with feature length special The French Collection.

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Jimmy Nail as Spender
Paul Greenwood as Superintendent Yelland – Season 1
Peter Guinness as Detective Chief Superintendent Gillespie from Season 2)
Berwick Kaler as Detective Sergeant Dan Boyd
Sammy Johnson as Stick
Tony McAnaney as Keith
Denise Welch as Frances
Dawn Winlow as Laura
Lynn Harrison as Kate
Mickey Hutton as Spud
Brendan P. Healy as Eric

THE EPISODES
SEASON ONE 8 January – 6 February 1991
1. THE HOMECOMING
2. HALF A TON OF HEARTACHES
3. DOUBLE JEOPARDY
4. THE CANDIDATE
5. ICED
6. DANCE GIRL DANCE
7. TOUGH
8. WELL WELL WELL

SEASON TWO 7 January – 11 February 1992
1. HERE WE GO AGAIN
2. FLY BY NIGHT
3. FEE
4. FAMILY BUSINESS
5. THE GOLDEN STRIKER
6. AT THE END OF THE DAY

SEASON THREE 5 January – 9 February 1993
1. THE MORE THINGS CHANGE
2. KID
3. PUCK
4. BAD COMPANY
5. BET FRIENDS
6. RETREAT

SPECIAL 29 December 1993
1. THE FRENCH COLLECTION

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

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A Christmas Reunion Lifetime

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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