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SS-GB (BBC-1 2016, Sam Riley, Kate Bosworth)

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Alternate history meets crime drama in SS-GB based on the classic 1978 novel by Len Deighton. It’s set in a Britain where the Battle of Britain was won by the Axis powers and London is under Nazi occupation. Churchill is dead, King George is a prisoner of the SS and life is very much difficult.

Into this Scotland Yard detective Douglas Archer thinks he is investigating the routine murder of a black marketeer but soon discovers that the death is linked to vital secrets involving atomic weapons research that is being carried out by the British. Riley needs to keep his investigation secret from the Abwehr who would dearly love to get their hands on the research knowing it could turn things around for the British.

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UK / BBC One – Sid Gentle Films – BBC Films / 5×60 minute episodes / Unaired – due late 2016

Writers: Neal Purvis, Robert Wade / Novel: Len Deighton / Executive Producers: Sally Woodward Gentle, Lee Morris / Producer: Patrick Schweitzer / Director: Philipp Kadelbach

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Sam Riley as Douglas Archer
Kate Bosworth as Barbara Barga
Aneurin Barnard as Jimmy Dunn
Rainer Bock as Kellermann
Jonathan Cass as German Officer
James Cosmo as Harry Woods
Maeve Dermody as Sylvia
Lars Eidinger as Huth
Jason Flemyng as Mayhew
Bags Simmons as Wehrmacht Soldier
George Wakely as German Soldier
Lee Asquith-Coe as Metropolitan Police Officer S.161
Andrew Bicknell as Professor Springer
Kit Connor as Bob Sheenan
Carsten Hayes as Actor
James Northcote as John Spode
William Meredith as C.K. Wolpert
Trevor White as Daniel Hapkiss
Ronald Zehrfeld as Hesse

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

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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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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

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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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