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Tarzan (NBC 1966-1968, Ron Ely, Manuel Padilla Jr.)

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Since Edgar Rice Burroughs first created him for a pulp magazine in 1912, Tarzan has always been a hot property in the world of entertainment. By the 1960’s, this mighty jungle warrior had conquered books, magazines, radio, comic strips, comic books, and (of course) the cinema: all that was left to conquer was the world of television. Tarzan accomplished this feat in 1966 when an hour-long adventure show based on his exploits debuted on NBC.

The Tarzan television series portrayed the character in a new light. Unlike his movie incarnations, this Tarzan did not have the Cro-Magnon “me Tarzan, you Jane” speech style. In fact, there was no Jane at all, and no discovery of Tarzan deep in the jungle. Instead, the series took place after Tarzan had been rescued from the wild and had returned home to England. The series began with Lord Greystoke (a.k.a. Tarzan) deciding to return to the jungle after finishing school. With the help of his pet monkey Cheetah and an orphan boy named Jai, Tarzan took back his mantle as king and protector of the jungle.

Every week, Tarzan and his allies faced various threats from outsiders threatening Greystoke’s adopted land. The usual culprits were animal poachers and renegades either trying to steal something from the jungle or to use it as a hiding place. If any other threats were needed, viewers could count on the occasional “animal on the loose” plot, featuring a deadly creature like a leopard or a puma. These threats were pretty imposing, but Tarzan managed to keep them all in check as he swung from vine to vine and dispensed his unique brand of jungle justice.

Tarzan and Cheetah

Adding to the fun of these action scenes was the fact that lead actor Ron Ely did the majority of his own stunts. It was a costly choice, since Ely suffered frequent minor injuries—in fact, he racked up a grand total of 17 injuries in the first season alone. Just the same, his presence in the action scenes added a unique, realistic touch. The only thing Ely didn’t lend to his role as Tarzan was the famous ‘Tarzan yell’: in place of his voice, the producers dubbed in a recording of the classic Johnny Weissmuller undulating call.

Tarzan did quite well when it debuted in 1966. In fact, its success led to an interesting celebrity cameo in the show’s second season when The Supremes guest-starred as a trio of missionary nuns (!). The series officially ended after its second season in 1968, but was resurrected in rerun form on CBS during the summer of 1969. Since then, it has been a perennial favorite in syndication, as the once and future Jungle King continues to add new cartoons and films to his mighty trophy case.

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USA / NBC / x50 minute episodes / Broadcast September 1966 – September 1968

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Ron Ely as Tarzan
Manuel Padilla Jr. as Jai

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Clochmerle (BBC-2 1972, Cyril Cusack, Roy Dotrice)

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Clochmerle BBC 1972

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

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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

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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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