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Thick As Thieves (ITV 1974, Bob Hoskins, John Thaw)

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In sitcom Thick As Thieves, when George Dobbs is released from prison he is amazed to find his wife now living with fellow ex-con Stan. The three end up living together.

The theme tune is a very similar spin on the Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads theme tune, same instrumentation (and McGuinness Flint vibe) and the urban decay of the wholesale demolition of terraced houses that were happening all over the UK at the time. It’s excellent but not quite as catchy – something you could say about the series as a whole really.

In fact the second and final season of Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads had only just finished on BBC-1 (a couple of months prior at the beginning of April) when Thick as Thieves began and there are more than a few similarities between the two shows – not least the enduring friendship between the two leads.

Bob Hoskins is typically fantastic as Dobbsy of course and John Thaw is equally good. Pat Ashton as Annie scores strongly too. A capable player during the 1970’s who is not as well remembered as she should be.

There would possibly have been more than one season but for the fact that John Thaw had committed himself to The Sweeney, this also gave the writers the opportunity to concentrate on their classic show Porridge.

Thick As Thieves

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UK / ITV – London Weekend Television / 8×25 minute episodes / Broadcast 1 June – 20 July 1974 Saturdays 8.30pm

Writers: Dick Clement, Ian La Frenais / Producer: Derrick Goodwin

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BOB HOSKINS as George
JOHN THAW as Stan
PAT ASHTON as Annie
NELL CURRAN as Daphne
TREVOR PEACOCK asTommy Hollister
MICHAEL ROBBINS as Sgt Black
JOHNNY BRIGGS as Spiggy

THE EPISODES 1 June – 20 July 1974
1. The Homecoming (1 Jun 74)
2. Happy Release (8 Jun 74)
3. Good Conduct (15 Jun 74)
4. Two Men In My Life (22 Jun 74)
5. The Trouble With Tommy (29 Jun 74)
6. Three Into Two Won’t Go (6 Jul 74)
7. Home And Away (13 Jul 74)
8. Holy Deadlock (20 Jul 74)

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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

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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

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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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