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Tess Of The D’urbervilles (BBC-1 2008, Gemma Arterton, Eddie Redmayne)

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Based on Thomas Hardy’s classic novel Tess of the D’urbervilles follows the fortunes of young Tess Durbeyfield whose life changes forever when her father learns that they are distant relations of the much wealthier D’urberville family. Having tried to introduce herself to the family Tess is given a position on the estate, the D’urbervilles are hiding a secret though as they have bought the D’urberyville title and are not the real heirs to the estate.

As Tess begins to develop feelings for parson’s son Angel Clare she is also being eyed by D’urberville son Alec who has wicked plans of his own for her.

Hard to believe that this sumptous looking adaptation is the BBC’s first bash at Tess of the D’urbervilles. Brilliantly cast as is typical with the BBC’s costume dramas and remarkably true to the spirit of the book. Tess is one of the great tragic heroines in literature and Hardy was at his strongest when he wrote about her.

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UK / BBC One / 4×60 minute episodes / Broadcast Sunday 14 September – 5 October 2008

Writer: David Nicholls / Producer: David Snodin / Executive Producer: Kate Harwood / Director of Photography: Wojciech Szepel / Director: David Blair

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GEMMA ARTERTON as Tess
IAN PULSTON-DAVIES as John Durberyfield
DONALD SUMPTER as Parson Tringham
ANNA MASSEY as Mrs D’Urberville
RUTH JONES as Joan
CHRISTOPHER FAIRBANK as Groby
HANS MATHESON as Alec D’Urberville
EDDIE REDMAYNE as Angel Clare
JODIE WHITTAKER as Izzy
LAURENCE RICHARDSON as Jack
JEANY SPARK as Mercy Chant

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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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Christmas Reunion, A (Lifetime 2015, Catherine Hicks, Denise Richards)

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In A Christmas Reunion a Madison Avenue executive, Amy, discovers an unusual Christmas surprise when she inherits her Aunt’s hometown bakery. The real surprise comes when she learns the other half of the bakery was left to her long-ago boyfriend, Jack.

Unresolved personal issues resurface between them, as the exes return home to co-manage the store, along with its traditional holiday cookie bake-off.

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Denise Richards as Amy Stone
Patrick Muldoon as Jack Evans
Jake Busey as Dylan Carruthers
Catherine Hicks as Aunt Linda
Parker Stevenson as Don Dupree
Patricia De Leon as Janette Crowder
Jon Briddell as Luke Crowder
Robert R. Shafer as Frank O’Brien
Anna Barnholtz as Chloe
John Colton as Steve Evans
Sandra Evans as Shari
Brody Fitzgerald as Young Jack Evans
Michael Gaglio as Earl Pratt, Sr.
Gib Gerard as Earl Pratt, Jr.
Joyce Greenleaf as Helen

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Director: Sean Olson
Writers: Margaret Base, Mary Glenn, Sam Irvin, Sean Olson, Peter Sullivan, Michael Varrat

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Country: USA
Network and Production Companies: Lifetime – Hybrid
Duration: 1×120 minute episode
Aired From: 13 December 2015

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