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Tintin (Syndicated 1963-1971, Larry Harmon, Paul Frees)

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Tintin, the dauntless young globetrotting reporter, has come a long way since 1929, when he first came to life in the Belgian magazine Le Vingtième Siècle. Drawn by Georges Remi, (a.k.a “Herge”), Tintin immediately rose to international success with its amazingly constructed and always good-humored adventures.

The books took Tintin from South America to the Sahara, from a moon landing to deep sea treasure diving. He encountered Incans, Opium smugglers, opera singers, and whomever else happened to come into the path of his insatiable curiosity.

The young journalist’s constant companions were his terrier Snowy (“Milou” in the original version), the dim-witted detectives Thompson and Thomson (“Dupont” and “Dumond”), and Captain Haddock, the hands-down champion of creative swearing (his vocab ranged from the frequent “Billions of blue blistering barnacles!” to the more obscure “Bashi-bazouk!”)

Tintin first became an animated cartoon in 1963, and while the series was extremely popular in France and Belgium, it hardly aired at all in the U.S. It wasn’t until 1971, when syndication was offered a second time, that the American Tele-Features studio picked up the show.

Limited by its half-hour format (too short to relay the book’s complex adventures) and the basic animation of the studio, these cartoons weren’t able to acquire the same audience loyalty that the books had. In 1991, a new studio tried again, and the results were much improved.

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France – Belgium – Tele-Hatchette and Belvision Productions – NTA / Syndicated / 1963 – 1971

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Larry Harmon as Tintin
Paul Frees as all others

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Perfect Christmas List, A (Lifetime 2017, Ellen Hollman, Beth Broderick)

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In A Perfect Christmas Gift, as a last wish, a recently hospitalized grandmother, Evie, tasks her daughter and granddaughter, Sara, with a list of festive accomplishments to do together before Christmas hoping that the adventure of the experience will repair their relationship. Along the way, Sara discovers an unlisted Christmas adventure of her own.

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Ellen Hollman as Sara
Beth Broderick as Michelle
Aaron Hill as Dr. Brandon Reed
Richard Karn as Tim
Marion Ross as Evie
Nicole I. Butler as Ms. Carrier
Lauren Nash as Ashley
Scott Thomas Reynolds as Photographer
John Burke as Dr. Taylor
Michael Gaglio as Santa
Ajgie Kirkland as Sam
Lyn Alicia Henderson as Fran
Yanellie Ireland as Katie
Tiffany Paige as Shopper
Rusty E. Frank as Dancer Brown Jacket

crew details
Director: Fred Olen Ray
Writers: Peter Sullivan, Fred Olen Ray,

production details
Country: USA
Network and Production Companies: Lifetime – Hybrid
Duration: 1×120 minute episode
Aired From: Sunday December 17, 2017 at 8.00pm

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Copper’s End (ITV 1971, Bill Owen, Josephine Tewson)

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Sitcom Coppers End was very much from the Will Hay  (and Ask A Policeman in particular) school of comedy; When the series began the boys at the station led by Sergeant Stan Short, had the art of doing nothing down to a tee, so much so that they were even able to hire out their squad car for all manner of weddings, driving lessons and even stock car racing. All until the arrival of the super efficient W.P.S. Penny Pringle that is.

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BILL OWEN as Sgt Sam Short
RICHARD WATTIS as PC Eddie Edwards
GEORGE MOON as PC Chipper Collins
JOSEPHINE TEWSON as WPS Penny Pringle
ROYCE MILLS as PC Dinkworth
GEORGE MOON as Ch Supt Ripper

crew details
Creator: Ted Willis
Producer: Shaun O’Riordan
Director: John Sichel

production details
Country: UK
Network and Production Companies: ITV – ATV
Duration: 13×25 minute episodes
Aired From: 19 February – 14 May 1971

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Conjugal Rights (ITV 1993-1994, Gwen Taylor, Michael Williams)

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Sitcom Conjugal Rights detailed the ups and downs of middle-class, middle-aged married couple Gen and Barry.

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GWEN TAYLOR as Gen
MICHAEL WILLIAMS as Barry
STEPHEN MOORE as Philip
CORDELIA BUGEJA as Gillian
MAGGIE HENDERSON as Pam
WARREN MITCHELL as Voice of Toby the Dog (Season 1)
CHRIS ELLISON as Voice of Toby (Season 2)

crew details
Writer: Roger Hall
Producers: Humphrey Barclay, Justin Greene

production details
Country: UK
Network and Production Companies: ITV – Granada – Humphrey Barclay
Duration: 13×25 minute episodes
Aired From: 16 April 1993 – 17 June 1994

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