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Three Lives Wires (ITV 1961, Michael Medwin, Derek Guyler)

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Sitcom Three Lives Wires focused on the exploits of Cockney Mike working in a TV sales and repair shop. Mike, Malcolm and George worked in the servicing department and had plenty of opportunity for mischief out and about fixing peoples TV’s in their homes.

Mr Farnum was their tough manager who was always on their case. The boys had to fix the TV’s of quite a few well known faces of the era with guest stars including the likes of Ronnie Corbett, The Dudley Moore Trio, Peter Vaughn, Kieron Moore, Arthur Lowe and Patricia Haines.

Back in the early days of TV when buying a television was an expensive thing to do, many households would either rent or buy on hire purchase. It was still quite a nascent technology too and there would often be trouble with the actual mechanics of the sets or the huge cathode ray tubes each TV contained. The TV repair man was a popular service industry. These days, in our disposable generation, the idea of someone calling out to fix your TV is something of a rarity.

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UK / ITV – Associated-Rediffusion – Gordon Harboard / 26×25 minute episodes / Broadcast 15 May – 6 November 1961 Mondays at 8.00pm

Producer: Christopher Hodson

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Michael Medwin as Mike Lane
Bernard Fox as Malcolm Danders
George Roderick as George Smithers
Derek Benfield as Higgenbottom
Deryck Guyler as Mr Farnum (shop manager)

THE EPISODES 15 May – 6 November 1961
Dates refer to transmission in the ATV region. ITV shows of the 1960’s are very difficult to track detailed transmission dates for as many regions broadcast shows at different times to other regions. Some didn’t show all episodes and some didn’t show any.

1. FRENCH CLEANER (15 May 61)
2. STRANGER THAN FICTION (22 May 61)
3. THE PLAY OFF (29 May 61)
4. ROOM UP ABOVE (5 Jun 61)
5. THE RECALL (12 Jun 61)
6. THE CRITIC (19 Jun 61)
7. THE SUIT (26 Jun 61)
8. FALLING STAR (3 Jul 61)
9. THE RING (10 Jul 61)
10. WINNER TAKES ALL (17 Jul 61)
11. WHO WAS THAT LADY (24 Jul 61)
12. THE SUGGESTION BOX (31 Jul 61)
13. PAY OR RETURN (7 Aug 61)
14. THE SALESMAN (14 Aug 61)
15. THE MATCHMAKER (21 Aug 61)
16. REFLECTIONS (28 Aug 61)
17. THE CASH BOX (4 Sep 61)
18. THE TEA BREAK (11 Sep 61)
19. THE DISAPPEARANCE (11 Sep 61)
20. THE RISE (25 Sep 61)
21. THE TRAP (2 Oct 61)
22. THE PROMOTION (9 Oct 61)
23. HIGGY’S ROMANCE (16 Oct 61)
24. THE ADOPTION ( 23 Oct 61)
25. THE SPY (30 Oct 61)
26. THE HOLIDAY (6 Nov 61)

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Clochemerle (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 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 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

crew details
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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