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Star Trek (NBC 1966-1969 with William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy)

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Creator/Executive Producer: Gene Roddenberry / Music: Alexander Courage, Gerald Fried / Costume: William Ware Theiss

Conceived by Gene Roddenberry as a “Wagon Train To The Stars”, Star Trek told the exploits of Captain James T Kirk and his crew travelling the galaxy in the warp-powered Starship Enterprise (NCC 1701).

An initial pilot was made (Titled: The Cage) which starred Jeffrey Hunter as Captain Christopher Pike. This was rejected by the networks yet they allowed a second pilot to be made which brought on board William Shatner. Leonard Nimoy as Mr Spock was the only character who was retained from the first pilot.

The original pilot was never transmitted although footage from it was later used with new original framing material in a 2-part story entitled “The Menagerie”. Dr McCoy came aboard in the first proper episode once the series started production.

With its bold and colourful visual style and the superb performances of the regulars together with well-written and imaginative scripts set in a universe where any sci-fi concept you can think of can happen, it has become a television and science fiction classic – yet surprisingly at the time it was considered a relative failure and was cancelled after just 3 seasons.

10 years later it was reborn as a series of feature films with the same cast and since 1987 has spawned four follow-up television series set in the same universe:- STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION (1987-1993), STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE (1993-1999), STAR TREK: VOYAGER (1995-2001) and ENTERPRISE (2001-2005). There was also an animated series in the mid-70s.

The famous opening narration by Captain Kirk is as follows: “Space – the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise, it’s five-year mission to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilisations. To boldly go where no man has gone before!”

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WILLIAM SHATNER as Capt James T Kirk
LEONARD NIMOY as Mr Spock
DEFOREST KELLEY as Dr Leonard ‘Bones’ McCoy
JAMES DOOHAN as Lt Cmdr Montgomery ‘Scotty’ Scott
GEORGE TAKEI as Lt Sulu
NICHELLE NICHOLS as Lt Uhura
WALTER KOENIG as Ensign Chekov (from Season 2)
MAJEL BARRETT as Nurse Christine Chapel
GRACE LEE WHITNEY as Yeoman Janice Rand (Season 1 – six episodes only)

 

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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

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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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