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Waterloo Road (BBC-1 2006-2015 with Jason Merrells and Angela Griffin)

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UK / BBC One – Shed Productions / 1×90 minute episode 199×60 minute episodes / Broadcast 9 March 2006 – 9 March 2015

Creators: Maureen Chadwick, Ann McManus / Executive Producers: Brian Park, Annie Harrison Baxter and Anne Mensah (season 2) / Producers: Claire Phillips (season 1), Sue de Beauvoir (season 2)

Drama series Waterloo Road followed life for the staff and students of a tough northern comprehensive that is initially on the scrap heap. It can be found very near the bottom of every league table there is. Its despondent teachers have given up trying to make a difference as they struggle to cope with their own personal problems as well as their nightmare day jobs. When the current Headmaster has a nervous breakdown, Jack Rimmer is thrown into the hot seat – very reluctantly. Jack is only too aware of the fate Waterloo Road will suffer if it doesn’t improve – and fast. He takes a huge gamble in recruiting optimistic, educational zealot Andrew Treneman who wants to give up his comfortable private school job to bring the benefits of his elite educational experience to Waterloo Road.

Season two (which ran for 12 episodes – season one was just 8) saw plenty of shocks most notably the murder of leading character Izzie Redpath. Kim Campbell and Andrew Treneman also left the series, their characters going off to Rwanda together.

Season three (a massive 20 episodes) saw the arrival of a new deputy head, Eddie Lawson and a drama teacher with a secret. Later during the season new headmistress Rachel Mason arrived following the resignation of Jack. The big finale for the season was a massive fire swamping the school.

Season Four (again 20 episodes) began with a 90 minute feature length edition with quite a few departing characters and the arrival of some new ones. Interestingly building contractor Stuart Hordley who was trapped in the fire at the end of the previous season was never mentioned! The Kelly family arrive on the scene and immediately begin causing trouble whilst the season opens out even more with the introduction of Rachel’s sister Melissa. Meanwhile two old teachers briefly return (both had gone off to Rwanda) in the shape of Kim Campbell and Andrew Treneman.

Season five (20 episodes) is one of major change with Waterloo Road merging with private school John Foster leading to lots of clashes of ideas and a huge amount of tension with both the teachers and the pupils. This of course once more allows for plentiful new characters to arrive on the scene.

By the seventh season the location had switched to Greenock Academy in Scotland (after the previous location in Rochdale was demolished) and by season 8 the school had gone fully independent and was no longer a comprehensive. The Show’s tenth season was it’s final season and with ratings having dropped substantially the final epiodes played out on BBC Three with a later repeat on BBC One

The episode run increased with the start of the third season to a major 20 per season, the show started out as a gritty take on the English school system but like so many shows which become popular these days, with the longer episode count, drifted off into soapdom territory, piling on the shocks and unrealistic plot developments and somewhat losing sight of its raison d’etre.

Late 2010 (from 19 Nov) saw the arrival of a short 6 part online only spin-off called Waterloo Road Reunited catching up with previous students at the school including Michaela, Danielle, Bolton and Philip. These “webisodes” were only ten minutes long.

important cast members have included
JASON MERRELLS as Jack Rimmer(seasons 1-3)
JAMIE GLOVER as Andrew Treneman (seasons 1-2)
ANGELA GRIFFIN as Kim Campbell (seasons 1-2 then seasons 4-5)
JILL HALFPENNY as Izzie Redpath (seasons 1-2)
CAMILLA POWER as Lorna Dickey
DENISE WELCH as Steph Haydock (seasons 1-5)
JASON DONE as Tom Clarkson
PHILIP MARTIN BROWN as Grantly Budgen
NICK SIDI as Roger Aspinall
CHRISTINE TREMARCO as Davina Shackleton (seasons 2-4)
TOM PAYNE as Brett Aspinall
NEIL MORRISSEY as Eddie Lawson (seasons 3 – 4)
EVA POPE as Rachel Mason (seasons 3-5)
KATIE GRIFFITHS as Chlo Grainger (seasons 1-4)
LAUREN DRUMMOND as Mika Grainger
ADAM THOMAS as Donte Charles (seasons 1-4)
CHELSEE HEALEY as Janeece Bryant (seasons 1-4)
CRAIG FITZPATRICK as Lewis Seddon
ELLIE PASKELL as Maxione Barlow
HOLLY MATTHEWS as Leigh-Ann Galloway
SADIE PICKERING as Flick Mellor (seasons 1-4)
LUKE BAILEY as Marley Kelley (seasons 1-4)
SHABANA BAKHSH as Jasmine Koreshi (seasons 1-4)
CHRIS GEERE as Matt Wilding (seasons 1-4)
TOM CHAMBERS as Max Tyler (from season 5) VINETTE ROBINSON as Helen Hopewell (season 5)
WILLIAM ASH as Christopher Mead (from season 5)
SARAH JANE POTTS as Jo Lipsett (from season 5)
ELIZABETH BERRINGTON as Ruby Fry (from season 5)
DEAN SMITH as Phillip Ryan (- season 6)
ELAINE SYMONS as Rose Kelly (from season 4)
HOLLY KENNY as Sambuca Kelly (from season 4)
DANIELA DENBY-ASHE as Lorraine Donnagan (season 7)
HEATHER PEACE as Nikki Boston (seasons 7-8)
NEIL PEARSON as Vaughan Fitzgerald (season 10)
NICOLA STEPHENSON as Allie Westbrook (season 10)
LAURA AIKMAN as Lorna Hutchinson (season 10)
CHARLOTTE BEAUMONT as Kenzie Calhoun (season 10)

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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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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

crew details
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

crew details
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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