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Whicker’s World (BBC-ITV 1958-1994, Alan Whicker)

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In Whicker’s World Alan Whicker, an urbane, subtle observer travelled the world gently coaxing information from those he encountered. Revelling in his surroundings, an often blazer-clad Whicker effortlessly crossed cultural divides with series based in India, Hong Kong, the US and Australia.

Whicker’s satirical style also ensured his subjects revealed more than they intend. A good-natured interviewer, Whicker gave time and space to judge a range of intriguing characters and an arched eyebrow is a reminder that all is not always as it may first appear. From Miss World to clandestine nuns, Whicker’s world is one worth visiting.

Whicker’s World grew out of Alan Whicker’s spot on the BBC’s Tonight show in 1958 before gaining a fully fledged series in the early sixties. Whicker was with the BBC until 1968 before switching to ITV’s Yorkshire network and then back again to the BBC in 1984 before one last hurrah back at ITV from 1992.

Memorable moments

In Papa Doc: The Black Sheep, Whicker gained unprecedented access to Haiti’s feared despotic leader Dr Francois Duvalier. The presenter traveled in the presidential car and was handed a book of signed poems. The quiet, considered probing is still considered one of Whicker’s finest triumphs.

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As a correspondent in the Korean War, Whicker was once reported to have died while on reporting duty. In fact, he was travelling to Tokyo at the time of his “disappearance” and later wryly revealed disappointment at the fullness of his tributes: “…so the paper then printed my obit: Alan Whicker, war correspondent of Exchange Telegraph, unfortunately was shot down. And then a little bit about my lack of achievement.”

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UK / BBC – ITV – Yorkshire / 1958-1994

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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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