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Till Death Us Do Part (BBC-1 1965-1975, Warren Mitchell, Dandy Nichols)

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Till Death Us Do Part was one of the most controversial sitcoms of its time. The reason due in no small part to its larger-than-life lead character, Alf Garnett. Alf was a foul tempered, highly opinionated, right-wing bigot who, when not getting drunk, was getting into arguments about politics and everything else with his liberal lay-about of a son-in-law Mike. Alf’s daughter Rita and the layabout Mike lived with the Garnetts.

His long-suffering wife Else turned a deaf ear to most of Alf’s rantings, except for the odd riposte of “rotten pig” when he got too personal.

ATV brought out a short lived revival in 1981 called Till Death… and the BBC also revived the show as In Sickness and In Health. The character also appearing in the monologue style A Word With Alf.

The series grew out of a 1965 Comedy Playhouse (broadcast 22 July 1965) in which Alf was called Alf Ramsey (when the series began the following year Alf was renamed Alf Garnett to avoid confusion with the then manager of the England national soccer team). The series ended 16 February 1968 after three seasons, but there were two feature films (Til Death Us Do Part in 1969 and The Alf Garnett Saga in 1972) as well as an election night special broadcast 18 June 1970 and A Christmas Night With The Stars 25 December 1971) before the series was revived with season four beginning 13 September 1972.

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On 1 September 2016 the BBC revived the series for a one off episode with Simon Day as Alf. This was part of a season celebrating sixty years of classic BBC sitcoms.

Warren Mitchell’s brilliance as Alf was matched by that of Carroll O’Connor when this show transferred to America as All in the Family.

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UK / BBC One / 56 episodes 50×30 minute episodes + 6 specials of varying length. / Broadcast 22 July 1965 17 December 1975

Writer: Johnny Speight / Producer: Dennis Main Wilson,

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Warren Mitchell as Alf Garnett
Dandy Nicholls as Else Garnett
Una Stubbs as Rita
Anthony Booth as Mike

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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

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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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Christmas Reunion, A (Lifetime 2015, Catherine Hicks, Denise Richards)

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In A Christmas Reunion a Madison Avenue executive, Amy, discovers an unusual Christmas surprise when she inherits her Aunt’s hometown bakery. The real surprise comes when she learns the other half of the bakery was left to her long-ago boyfriend, Jack.

Unresolved personal issues resurface between them, as the exes return home to co-manage the store, along with its traditional holiday cookie bake-off.

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Denise Richards as Amy Stone
Patrick Muldoon as Jack Evans
Jake Busey as Dylan Carruthers
Catherine Hicks as Aunt Linda
Parker Stevenson as Don Dupree
Patricia De Leon as Janette Crowder
Jon Briddell as Luke Crowder
Robert R. Shafer as Frank O’Brien
Anna Barnholtz as Chloe
John Colton as Steve Evans
Sandra Evans as Shari
Brody Fitzgerald as Young Jack Evans
Michael Gaglio as Earl Pratt, Sr.
Gib Gerard as Earl Pratt, Jr.
Joyce Greenleaf as Helen

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Director: Sean Olson
Writers: Margaret Base, Mary Glenn, Sam Irvin, Sean Olson, Peter Sullivan, Michael Varrat

production details
Country: USA
Network and Production Companies: Lifetime – Hybrid
Duration: 1×120 minute episode
Aired From: 13 December 2015

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