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Thousand Skies, A (Channel 7 1985, John Walton, Andrew Clarke)

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In A Thousand Skies Just after the close of world war one, pilots Charles Kingsford Smith and Keith Anderson face hard times as they try to gain funds to mount an attempt to be the first men to fly the pacific.

First screened in 1985 this mini series follows the exploits of Australian aviation pioneer Charles Kingsford-Smith, very popular back in the day “Smithy” and his fellow aviator Anderson (whom Smith would eventually break away from) was a Hollywood stunt pilot, flew bi-planes for one of Australia’s first airlines and of course tried to set new aviation records, from trying to break the record for a flight from England to Australia to conquering the Pacific.

Superbly glossy (the production cost some $4.5 million some one third of which was spent on the planes used in the series) A Thousand Skies is a great portrait of a single-minded visionary, Kingsford-Smith was determined to fly a thousand skies and let nothing stand in his way and you get the sense that after the Pacific attempt Smith didn’t know when to stop and his final fatal crash is an inevitability that you know is coming right from the opening scenes.

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Australia / Channel 7 – Ross Dimsey – Robert Ginn / 3×120 minute episodes / Broadcast 1985

Writer and Director:David Stevens / Novel: The Empty Sky by Tasman Beattie / Camera: David Eggby / Design: Otello Stolfo / Costume: Robin Hall / Music: Bruce Smeaton / Producers: Ross Dimsey, Robert Ginn

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JOHN WALTON as Charles Kingford Smith
ANDREW CLARKE
JOSS McWILLIAM
JANE MENELAUS
GEOFF PARRY
CELINE GRIFFIN
HELEN JONES

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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

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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