It wasn’t the promise of time travel, the manly leads, or the effects-filled promos that got us excited about the debut of The Time Tunnel in the 1966 fall season. No, all we needed to see was “Created and Produced by Irwin Allen.” Those were magic words to a sci-fi-crazed kid in the mid-60’s, the official stamp of approval of the man who brought us Lost in Space and Voyage To the Bottom of the Sea. And of course, time travel, manly leads and special effects were a nice bonus.
Scientists Tony Newman and Doug Phillips didn’t set out to become heroes; they just wanted to build a secret government machine that would send human beings to any point in the past or future. Dubbed the “Time Tunnel,” the project worked, but not perfectly. Tony and Doug were forced to enter the Time Tunnel before it was fully tested, and they soon found themselves helplessly thrown from one era to the next, moving backwards and forwards through the space-time continuum but unable to return to the present.
On any given episode, Tony and Doug might find themselves aboard the ill-fated Titanic (the scene for the pilot episode), rocketing to outer space, defending the Alamo, joining forces with Robin Hood, battling off ancient Barbarians, and meeting everyone from Billy the Kid to Marie Antoinette. No matter where they went, you could be assured there would be plenty of exciting danger, and usually a bare-knuckle brawl (yes!).
Watching somewhat helplessly from the Time Tunnel’s underground lab in the present day were General Heywood Kirk and scientists Dr. Ann MacGregor and Dr. Raymond Swain. The folks at the home fort could do little to get Tony and Doug back to their own time, but since the Time Tunnel let them keep an eye on the proceedings, they were sometimes able to lend a helping hand or twist a helping dial.
The Time Tunnel had an ample supply of 20th Century Fox stock footage for its historical backgrounds, but even with that film library, the show was very expensive. When ratings weren’t up to the cost, ABC pulled the plug on The Time Tunnel after its debut season. But take heart, little Irwin Allen junkies. The big guy came right back in 1968 with Land of the Giants, carrying on with the effects-laden sci-fi wows.
USA / ABC – Twentieth Century Fox / 30×50 minute episodes / Broadcast 9 September 1966 – 1 September 1967
Creator/Executive Producer: Irwin Allen / Music: Johnny Williams
JAMES DARREN as Dr Tony Newman
ROBERT COLBERT as Dr Doug Phillips
LEE MERIWEATHER as Dr Ann Macgregor
JOHN ZAREMBA as Dr Raymond Swain
WHIT BISSELL as Lt gen Heywood Kirk
Clochemerle (BBC-2 1972, Cyril Cusack, Roy Dotrice)
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.
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
Writers: Ray Galton, Alan Simpson
Novel: Gabriel Chevallier
Producer: Michael Mills
Network and Production Companies: BBC Two – Bavaria
Duration: 9×30 minute episodes
Aired From: 18 February – 14 April 1972 Fridays at 10.05pm
Clairvoyant, The (BBC-2 1986, Roy Kinnear, Sandra Dickinson)
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.
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
Writer: Roy Clarke
Producer and Director: Alan J.W. Bell
Network and Production Companies: BBC-2
Duration: 6×30 minute episodes
Aired From: Pilot – 27 November 1984 and Series – 15 May – 19 June 1986
Christmas Princess (UP 2017, Nicole Munoz, Zak Santiago)
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.
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
Director: Allan Harmon
Writer: Tracy Andreen
Network and Production Companies: UP
Duration: 1×120 minute episode
Aired From: Sunday 10 December 2017
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