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Tutankhamun (ITV 2016, Sam Neill, Max Irons)

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Four-part drama series Tutankhamun is based on the true story of Howard Carter’s epic quest to discover the lost tomb of the boy-king Tutankhamun, set against the sweeping backdrop of an Egypt caught in the violent spasms of the First World War and revolution.

In 1905, archaeology in Egypt is a rich man’s game, the preserve of aristocrats and tycoons, except for the lone figure of Howard Carter. Carter is an outcast, awkward and difficult to deal with, but he is also a genius, someone that even expert archaeologists turn to for advice. One of them is Maggie Lewis, a member of the New York Met Museum’s dig team. Maggie is fond of Carter and tries to get him to join her dig, but Carter is determined to plough his own furrow.

Only one man has enough faith in his brilliance to back him. Lord Carnarvon is a gambling man, a risk-taker and a daredevil. Carnarvon’s teenage daughter Evelyn is swept away by the magic of the Valley of the Kings. She believes Carter’s theory of a lost tomb and it is an off-hand comment from her that leads Carter to believe that the tomb might be right under their noses, in the centre of the Valley of the Kings. Everyone else says the Valley is ‘dug out’, but Carter is convinced that they are wrong. But the outbreak of WWI means that Carter’s dream is put on hold – perhaps for ever.

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Max Irons who plays Carter said of playing the man “Howard was a different breed of a man. When you hear people’s opinions on Howard Carter it ranges. Some people put him firmly on the autistic spectrum. Other people say, ‘No, he wasn’t. He was just very single-minded.’ Very focused and passionate about what he did with a true love and imagination for this period that wasn’t shared by his contemporaries. Howard didn’t have some of the airs and graces and social platitudes that were needed. He was a one-off. He was said to prefer the company of dead people, thousands of years old, to the living.”

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UK / ITV / 4×60 minute episodes / Broadcast from Sunday 16 October 2016 at 9.00pm

Writer: Guy Burt / Producer: Simon Lews / Production Design: Mike Berg / Costume Design: Diana Cilliers / Music: Christian Henson / Executive Producers: Francis Hopkinson, Catherine Oldfield / Director: Peter Webber

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Max Irons as Howard Carter
Sam Neill as Lord Carnarvon
Amy Wren as Lady Evelyn Carnarvon
Catherine Steadman as Maggie Lewis
Jonathan Aris as Winlock
Anthony Higgins as Theodore Davis
Rupert Vansittart as Flinders Petrie
Vincent Grass as Sir Gaston Maspero
Nicolas Beaucaire as Pierre Lacau
Waleed Elgadi as Selim
Martin Hutson as Merton

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Clochmerle (BBC-2 1972, Cyril Cusack, Roy Dotrice)

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Period sitcom, based on a novel by Gabriel Chevallier that was adapted by Ray Galton and Alan Simpson, that saw the French villagers of Clochmerle 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

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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 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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