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Thin Blue Line, The (BBC-1 1995-1997, Rowan Atkinson, David Haig)

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Sitcom The Thin Blue Line followed Inspector Raymond Fowler as he tries to keep his unruly bunch of police officers under control. Chief amongst his officers is Sergeant Patricia Dawkins who been Fowler’s live-in lover for ten years. The other constables include Constable Gladstone (Rudolph Walker), Constable Habib (Mina Anwar) and Constable Kevin Goody (James Dreyfus).

Meanwhile CID is headed by DI Grim, who’s constantly depressing about having to spend his time dealing with hooligans, yobboes and foul-mouthed delinquents – and that’s just his CID officers! In the first season Grim was assisted by DC Kray and the second by DC Gary Boyle.

The series was created and written by Ben Elton, a self professed fan of Dad’s Army, and he tried to capture the ensemble feel of that show. Whilst his show was often very funny it didn’t quite manage to scale the heights of that iconic show.

Thin Blue Line

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UK / BBC1 – Tiger Aspect / 14×30 minute episodes / 13 November 1995 – 23 December 1996

Writer: Ben Elton / Music: Howard Goodall / Executive Producer: Peter Bennett-Jones / Producers: Geoff Perkins, Ben Elton

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ROWAN ATKINSON as Insp Raymond Fowler
SERENA EVANS as Sgt Dawkins
JAMES DREYFUS as PC Goody
MINA ANWAR as PC Habib
DAVID HAIG as Det Insp Grim
RUDOLPH WALKER as PC Gladstone
KEVIN ALLEN as Detective Constable Kray (season 1)
MARK ADDY as Detective Constable Gary Boyle (season 2)

THE EPISODES
SEASON ONE 13 November – 26 December 1995
1. THE QUEEN’S BIRTHDAY PRESENT (13 Nov 95)
2. FIRE AND TERROR (20 Nov 95)
3. HONEY TRAP (27 Nov 95)
4. RAG WEEK (4 Dec 95)
5. NIGHT SHIFT (11 Dec 95)
6. KIDS TODAY (18 Dec 95)
7. YULETIDE SPIRIT (26 Dec 95)

SEASON TWO 14 November – 23 December 1996
1. COURT IN THE ACT (14 Nov 96)
2. ISM ISM ISM (21 Nov 96)
3. FLY ON THE WALL (28 Nov 96)
4. ALTERNATIVE CULTURE (5 Dec 96)
5. COME ON YOU BLUES (12 Dec 96)
6. ROAD RAGE (19 Dec 96)
7. THE GREEN EYED MONSTER (23 Dec 96)

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

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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

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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