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Take It From The Top (ITV 1965, John Fernald)

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Interesting concept for a series, Take It From The Top, shown late on Monday evenings, offered an insight into the acting life especially the rehearsals that allow the actors time to bring the characters to life.

John Fernald presented and the series went behind the scenes on productions such as Treasure Island (starring Donald Wolfit as Long John Silver), Leo McKern in Robert Bolt’s The Thwarting of Baron Bolligrew and John Arden’s Serjeant Musgrave’s Dance.

The shows also featured a few key scenes performed from the plays too.

The series was not fully networked across the ITV regions.

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UK / ITV – Rediffusion / 6×25 minute episodes / Broadcast 6 December 1965 – 17 January 1966

Producer: Geoffrey Hughes

Presented by John Fernald

THE EPISODES
1. THE THWARTING OF BARON BOLLIGREW (6 Dec 65) – Play by Robert Bolt, production by Trevor Nunn. Cast included Leo McKern and Nicholas Selby.
2. THE TROJAN WOMEN (13 Dec 65) – Play by Euripides, production by Robert Saragas.
3. TREASURE ISLAND (20 Dec 65) – Play by Bernard Miles (from Stevenson), production by Sally Miles. Cast included Donald Wolfit and Roy Boyd.
4. SERJEANT MUSGRAVE’S DANCE (3 Jan 66) – Play by John Arden, production by Jane Howell. Cast included John Castle, Iain Cuthbertson and Ronald Pickup.
5. THE FIRE RAISERS (10 Jan 65) – Play by Max Frisch, production by Robert David Macdonald.
6. THE BIRD-WATCHER (17 Jan 66) – Play by Georges Feydeau, production by Richard Cottrell. Cast included Michael Bates and Prunella Scales.

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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

crew details
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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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

crew details
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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