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Vice, The (ITV 1999-2003, Ken Stott, Anna Chancellor)

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Crime drama series The Vice detailed cases of Inspector Pat Chappel, a member of the Metropolitan police Vice Squad. One of the new breed of crime drama, that in the wake of Cracker, examined the seedier side of life on prime time TV.

Based in the heart of London’s West End and moving swiftly from the back streets of King’s Cross to the bars of Park Lane’s glamorous hotels, the work of the vice squad reveals a city of extraordinary social contrasts. A small dedicated team they all experience problems in their personal lives as they struggle to keep home life separate from the tough world in which they work.

A rookie vice squad officer is seduced by the tempting world of an escort agency and gets hooked on the thrill of meeting the girls. A teammate jeopardizes an under-cover operation when an underage juvenile becomes involved in the making of a porn film, while Chappel gets personally involved in an investigation into the murder of a prostitute.

Rob Pursey, executive producer says: “Chappel has totally immersed himself in the amoral world of vice, having sacrificed his own personal life. His uncompromising attitude often finds him at odds with his colleagues and his isolation brings him uncomfortably close to the prostitutes and pimps he is investigating.”

The final series saw Chappell kicked out of the force and working as a private eye.

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UK / ITV – Carlton / 18×60 minute episodes 4×90 minute episodes / Broadcast 4 January 1999 – 1 July 2003

Creator: Rob Pursey, Barry Simner / Script Editor: Sophie Johnson / Titles: Philip Dupee / Police Advisor: Michael Hoskins / Music: Julian Nott / Producer: Stephen Smallwood

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KEN STOTT as Insp Pat Chappel
ANNA CHANCELLOR as Dr Christina Weir (seasons 1-2)
STRUAN RODGER as David Hinkley
DAVID HAREWOOD as Sgt Joe Robinson
MARC WARREN as PC Dougie Raymond (seasons 1-2)
CAROLINE CATZ as PC Sheryl Hutchins
GARRY COOPER as Supt Jeff Callard
HEATHER JAY-JONES as Natasha Hinkley
ROSIE MARCEL as PC Kirsty Morgan

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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

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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

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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

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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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