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Turn Of The Screw (ABC 1974 with Lynn Redgrave and Megs Jenkins)

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USA / ABC – Dan Curtis Productions / 2×90 minute episodes / Broadcast 15 and 16 April 1974

Writer: William F. Nolan / Novel: Henry James / Music: Bob Cobert / Photography: Ben Colman / Producer and Director: Dan Curtis

This well cast version of Henry Jame’s much loved spine chiller was a shot on tape (and then given a film sheen look) two part TV movie that starred Lynn Redgrave in the lead role as governess Jane Cubberly who begins to believe that the two children in her care are very possibly possessed.

Always atmospheric, Turn of the Screw has been adapted many times for the big and small screen, not least in 1959 when Ingrid Bergman took the lead in her first TV role and again in 1961 as big screen movie The Innocents – this time starring Deborah Kerr. The BBC also mounted a very nice production in 2009.

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LYNN REDGRAVE as Jane Cubberly
JASPER JACOB as Miles
EVA GRIFFITH as Flora
MEGS JENKINS as Ms Grose
JOHN BARTON as Mr Fredericks
ANTHONY LANGDON as Luke
BENEDICT TAYLOR as Timothy
JAMES LAURENSON as Peter Quint
KATHRYN LEIGH SCOTT as Miss Jessel

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Combat Sheep (BBC-1 2001, Steve Coogan, Ronni Ancona)

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One-off comedy film Combat Sheep detailed the comic adventures of four ex-army mascot sheep. Made using a mixture of live action and puppetry.

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STEVE COOGAN as Harris
RONNI ANCONA as Peaches
MARK WILLIAMS as Moose
KEVIN ELDON as Cooper
CHRIS ELLISON as Detective Inspector Hindle

crew details
Writer: Tim Firth
Additional material: Peter Baynham and Graham Duff
Executive Producers: Steve Coogan, Henry Normal
Producer: Robert Howes;
Director: Dominic Brigstocke.

production details
Country: UK
Network and Production Companies: BBC One – A Baby Cow Productions – Childrens Company
Duration: 1×30 minute episode
Aired From: 30 December 2001 at 5:35pm

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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

crew details
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

crew details
Writer: Roy Clarke
Producer and Director: Alan J.W. Bell

production details
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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