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The Bionic Woman (ABC 1975-1977 with Lindsay Wagner and Richard Anderson)

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Scifi drama series The Bionic Woman was a spin off from The Six Million Dollar Man. Steve Austin’s childhood sweetheart Jaime Sommers is almost killed in a sky diving accident, fitted out with various bionic parts (legs, arm, ear) she becomes the latest recruit for the OSI agency, tackling cases for the government.

As The Bionic Woman opened, it was revealed that Jaime was saved from her coma via radical medical procedures. Once she recovered, Oscar employed her as an agent for the Office of Scientific Information (just like Steve). He also gave her a cover identity as a teacher at an Air Force base in Ventura, California. When not posing as a teacher, she would undertake secret missions using her bionic abilities. These mechanically-enhanced gifts included super-speed from a pair of bionic legs, an extremely strong bionic right arm, and super hearing via a bionically-enhanced ear.

Most missions involved Jaime’s taking on an undercover identity. Male viewers enjoyed this aspect of her missions because it always put in her provocative situations and attire (producing many a bionic wow!). Some of her more intriguing undercover guises included a beauty pageant contestant, a country singer, a stewardess, a belly dancer, a nun, and a pro wrestler. Eventually, Steve Austin was told that Jaime was alive and the two would eventually work together on a few missions. Other cast members included Dr. Rudy Wells, the creator of Jaime’s bionic enhancements, and Peggy Callahan, Oscar’s secretary. Jim and Helen Elgin, Jaime’s step-father and mother, were occasionally featured on the show. Jaime would later get another bionic companion in the form of Max, a bionically-enhanced dog.

Lindsay Wagner as Jaime Somers The Bionic Woman

The show lasted until May of 1977 on ABC. It was picked up by NBC and returned to the air in September of 1977, where it ran for an additional year. Years later, Jaime Sommers and Steve Austin were reunited in a series of made for television films in the late 80’s and early 90’s: The Return of the Six Million Dollar Man and the Bionic Woman (1987), Bionic Showdown: The Six Million Dollar Man and the Bionic Woman (1989), and Bionic Ever After? (1994).

In 2007 English actress Michelle Ryan starred in a short lived remake on NBC also called The Bionic Woman.

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USA / ABC – MCA / 57×60 minute episodes / Broadcast 1975-1977

Executive Producer: Harve Bennett / Producer: Ken Johnson / Theme Music: Jerry Fielding

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LINDSAY WAGNER as Jaime Sommers
RICHARD ANDERSON as Oscar Goldman
MARTIN E. BROOKS as Dr Rudy Wells
FORD RAINEY as Jim Elgin
MARTHA SCOTT as Helen Elgin

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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

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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