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Tom Brown’s Schooldays (ITV 2005, Stephen Fry, Alex Pettyfer)

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Tom Brown’s Schooldays is the classical television adaptation of the timeless Thomas Hughes’s novel. Starring Stephen Fry as the progressive and inspirational headmaster Dr Arnold, the drama tells the story of one boy’s extraordinary account of life at Rugby School in the nineteenth century.

Set against the authentic backdrop of the exclusive public school, the cast includes schoolboy Alex Pettyfer as Tom Brown, as he begins his fight for survival amongst the school’s unruly and out-of-control pupils. The moving story follows the lasting friendships Tom makes with the ever-faithful East, the cheeky Tadpole, the dutiful head of house Frobisher, prefect Huband, and his bond with tragic underdog Arthur. Despite these powerful unions, the youngsters live under the constant threat of some of the older boys including literature’s most notorious and sadistic child creation, Flashman (Joseph Beattie). Georgia Moffett as the porter’s innocent young daughter Sally falls prey to Flashman’s empty promises.

Tom Brown's Schooldays

When Dr Arnold takes over as the new headmaster of Rugby, he inherits a school where, at night, mob-rule prevails and unkempt youngsters are left to co-exist behind locked doors, without adult supervision, guidance or rules. Despite the fierce objections of his staff and resistance from older pupils, Arnold embarks on a programme of radical reforms. Supported by his loyal wife Mary (Jemma Redgrave), he gradually enforces values of trust, loyalty and respect amongst the boys.

Tom Brown’s Schooldays tells the story of the powerful journey of schoolboy Tom, his unwavering sense of loyalty and camaraderie with his peers, and one man’s vision which was to change British boarding schools forever.

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UK / ITV-1 – Company / 1×100 minute episode / Broadcast 1 January 2005

Writer: Ashley Pharoah / Script Editor: Jack Williams / Book: Thomas Hughes / Music: John Keane / Executive Producers: Charles Pattinson, George Faber, Steve Christian and Ashley Pharoah / Producer: Suzan Harrison / Director: David Moore

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Stephen Fry as Doctor Thomas Arnold
Julian Wadham as Squire Brown
Alex Pettyfer as Tom Brown
Jemma Redgrave as Mary Arnold
Harry Michell as East
Joseph Beattie as Flashman
Gary Powell as Groom
Amanda Boxer as Matron
Georgia Moffett as Sally
Gerard Horan as Bill
Max Benitz as Huband
Ben Tillett as Speedicot
Tom Allen as Fothergill
John Carlisle as Mr Lampard
Stephen Boxer as Mr Smith
Clive Standen as Brooke
Dane Carter as Tadpole
Harry Williams as Frobisher
Hugh Mitchell as Green
Bill Moody as Farmer
Zac Fox as Weston
Harry Smith as George Arthur
Lucy Scott as Mrs Arthur
Lucinda Dryzek as Charlotte

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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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A Christmas Reunion Lifetime

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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