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Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (BBC-2 1979, Alec Guinness, Bernard Hepton)

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In Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, the award-winning adaptation of John le Carre’s best-selling novel, Alec Guiness brilliantly captures the weary heart and steely soul of spymaster George Smiley.

Brought secretly out of retirement after a British agent makes a startling discovery, Smiley must face the ghosts of his past to uncover a mole at the heart of the Circus – code name for the British Secret Intelligence Headquarters. As Smiley analyzes files, questions witnesses and trawls through his own memory, he gradually pieces together a chilling story of personal and public betrayal.

The Washington Post called it right when they said “one of the most madly atmospheric and enjoyably literate films every done for television.” It’s easily one of the best TV series of the decade.

A sequel called Smiley’s People followed in 1982.

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UK / BBC2 / 7×50 minute episodes / Broadcast 10 September – 22 October 1979

Writer: Arthur Hopcraft / Novel: John Le Carre / Music: Geoffrey Burgon / Script Editor: Betty Willingale / Design: Austen Spriggs / Camera: Tony Pierce-Roberts / Costume: Joyce Mortlock / Producer: Jonathon Powell

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ALEC GUINNESS as George Smiley
ALEXANDER KNOX as Controller
BERNARD HEPTON as Toby Esterhase
MICHAEL ALDRIDGE as Percy Alleline
HYWEL BENNETT as Ricki Tarr
SIAN PHILLIPS as Ann Smiley
TERENCE RIGBY as Roy Bland
IAN RICHARDSON as Bill Hayden
BERYL REID as Connie Sachs
GEORGE SEWELL as Mendel
IAN BANNEN as Jim Prideaux
MICHAEL JAYSTON as Peter Guillam
NIGEL STOCK as Roddy Martindale
ANTHONY BATE as Lacon
THORLEY WALTERS as Tufty Thessiger
WARREN CLARKE as Alwyn
PATRICK STEWART as Karla
JOHN STANDING as Sam Collins
JOSS ACKLAND as Jerry Westerby
JOHN WELLS as Headmaster

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Clochemerle (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 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

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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

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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

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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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