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Station Jim (BBC-1 2001, George Cole, Frank Finlay)

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Station Jim was a heart warming one-off drama set in the 1980s that charts the effect a performing dog (Station Jim) has on the lives of a village’s inhabitants following his adoption by Bob, a lovelorn railway porter.

The story involves an attempt to close down a local orphanage and Bob’s attempt to raise money to save it; it also involves Queen Victoria and an assassination plot.

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UK / BBC One – BBC Films / 1×90 minute episode / Broadcast 30 December 2001 at 6:30pm

Writer: Mark Wallington / Idea: Joanne Reay / Executive Producers: Gareth Neame, David M. Thompson / Producers: Ann Scott, Judith Hunt / Director: John Roberts

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GEORGE COLE as Stationmaster Pope
CHARLIE CREED-MILES as Bob
FRANK FINLAY as Riorden Snr
LAURA FRASER as Harriet
DAVID HAIG as Riorden Jnr
CELIA IMRIE as Miss Frazier
HARRY PEACOCK as George
DAVID ROSS as Chambers
MARTIN SAVAGE as Stanley
NADIA SAWALHA as Rosa
PRUNELLA SCALES as Queen Victoria
JOHN THOMSON as Harold
STANLEY TOWNSEND as Mataplan
TIMOTHY WEST as Sir Christopher Ellis
DAVID BRADLEY as Elliot
THOMAS SANGSTER as Henry
GRAHAM SEED as Queen’s Secretary
JAMES WARD as Charlie
MILLIE FINDLAY as Alice
ERIC BYRNE as Tommy
FRANSESCA MARTIN as Polly

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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 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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