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Star Quality – The Play (BBC-1 10 Nov 1985 with Susannah York and Ian Richardson)

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Writer: Stanley Price / Music: John Altman / Executive Producer: Victor Glynn / Script Editor: Alan Drury / Costumes: Irene Whilton / Production Design: Bruce Macadie / Producer: Alan Shallcross / Director: Alan Dossor

In Star Quality (which gave its name to the anthology series of the mid 1980’s) the focus is on ageing actress Lorraine Barrie, whose manipulative ways threaten to come unstuck when she tangles with Ray Malcolm, her latest director, who isn’t keen on having her take the role but the writers insist.

Fantastic performances, especially from York and the always superb Richardson (his way with dialogue is a major treat in all of his roles) make this tale of theatre folk a real joy. York is the star but Richardson steals all the scenes he is in. Watch out too for an early role for Amanda Donohoe

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SUSANNAH YORK as Lorraine Barry
IAN RICHARDSON as Ray Malcolm
PETER CHELSOM as Bryan Snow
DAVID YELLAND as Tony Orford
DAVID SWIFT as J.C. Roebuck
PAM FERRIS as Marian Blake
NEVILLE BARBER as Gerald Wentworth
TIM BANNERMAN as Charles Hawkins
BEN ARIS as Eric Larch
JO KENDALL as Linda Copeland
AMANDA DONOHOE, BILL RITCHIE as Understudies
SYDNEY LIVINGSTONE, JONATHAN LACEY, LUCY HANCOCK as Stage Management
AUBREY WOODS as Adrian Gurney
MAGGIE OLLERENSHAW as Usherette

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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

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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 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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