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The Flintstones (ABC 1960-1966 with Alan Reed and Jean Vander Pyl)

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USA / ABC – Hanna Barbera / 166×30 minute episodes / Broadcast 1960-1966

Creators/Producers: William Hanna, Joseph Barbera / Theme Music: Hoyt Curtin

Animated fantasy sitcom. In the stone age town, in the year year 1,000,040 B.C., of Bedrock, Cobblestone Count, crane driver Fred Flintstone works hard to bring home the bacon for his wife Wilma, daughter Pebbles (Wilma became the first animated pregnant women on TV when carrying Pebbles) and pet dinosaur Dino. Fred’s best friend was neighbour Barney Rubble who was married to Betty, they too had a young child (adopted) called Bamm Bamm.

Specials include The Flintstones Comedy Hour (1980) , The Flinstones Comedy Show, The Flintstones Meet Rockula and Frankenstone (1980), The Flinstones New Neighbors (1980). Between 1981 and 1982 there was a remake of the series with Henry Corden voicing Fred this time out and besides The Flintstones and The Rubbles there was a new family called The Frankenstones who looked suspiciously like 1940’s style movie monsters. It went out in prime time and wasn’t seen by that many people.

In 1994 the first of two big screen movies appeared the first was called The Flintstones whilst the second appeared in 2000 and was called The Flintstones In Viva Rock Vegas. John Goodman was cast to perfection as Fred and Rick Moranis played Barney. Elizabeth Perkins was Wilma and Rosie O’Donnell was Betty.

Initially the series was planned to be called The Flagstones and original test footage for this series ended up, somewhat reshot, appearing in episode three of the first season.

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ALAN REED as Fred Flintstone
JEAN VANDER PYL as Wilma Flintstone
MEL BLANC as Barney Rubble
BEA BENADERET as Betty Rubble
GERRY JOHNSON as Betty Rubble (2)
DON MESSICK as Bamm Bamm
MEL BLANC as Dino
JEAN VANDER PYL as Pebbles

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Clochemerle (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 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

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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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