Twice weekly drama series Triangle told stories of the staff and passengers of a ferry, plying its trade via Felixstowe, Rotterdam and Gothenberg.
The series gained a certain amount of notoriety for it’s cheapness, bad lighting and pretending the weather was fine (Kate O’Mara sunbathing topless in the winter for example) when it obviously wasn’t. In fact it was so bad it’s become a cult classic. The BBC had high hopes of it becoming an all-year-round soap opera.
The on board location led to unplanned moments of humour as seasick cast members tried to remember their lines!
Kate O’Mara was ferry siren and purser Katherine Laker who was the only glamorous thing about the project but she bowed out after the first season. Michael Craig, a star of ’50s and ’60s films, was Captain John Anderson and Larry Lamb was love-hungry ship’s engineer Matt Taylor – in fact this pair were the only two to stay the distance.
A shame really as the production team were all stalwarts who knew what they were doing and the casting was generally of a high level.
UK / BBC One / 78×25 minute episodes / Broadcast 5 January 1981 – 6 July 1983
Creator and Producer: Bill Sellars / Script Editor: Ted Rhodes / Music: Johnny Pearson
Kate O’Mara as Katherine Laker (season one)
Michael Craig as Captain John Anderson
Larry Lamb as Matt Taylor
Diana Coupland as Marion Terson (season two)
Paul Jerricho as Charles Woodhouse (season two)
Scott Fredericks as Tom Kelly (season two)
Pauline Munro as Jane Anthony (season two)
Jamie Roberts as Bill Ryan (season two)
Penelope Horner as Sarah Hallam (season two)
Julia Chambers as Barbara Carter (season two)
Dawn Addams as Mrs Landers (season three)
George Baker as David West (season three)
Paul Jerricho as Charles Woodhouse (season three)
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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