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Year In Provence, A (BBC-1 1993, John Thaw, Lindsay Duncan)

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Drama serial A Year In Provence saw executive Peter Mayle and his wife Annie give up the rat race to live in a farmhouse in France. Having been one of the most hyped by the BBC shows ever, A Year in Provence, based on the massive best seller by Peter Mayle, was always going to find it tough going with the TV critics of the day but luckily the viewing audience made up their own minds, some 14.5 million of them.

We’ve all surely thought about getting out of the rat race and finding that perfectly idyllic unspoilt spot, maybe to write that novel you’ve always been convinced you’ve had inside you or maybe producing the perfect wine out of your own vineyard; This is just what Peter and Anna Mayle (John Thaw and Lindsay Duncan) decide to do, quitting their high pressure lives in London for a gorgeous village in Provence in Southern France.

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Of course it’s not all fine wine, sumptuous food and rural living as the Mayles soon find out, having to deal with everything from the local truffle hunting season (so expensive are the truffles that even the Mafia decide to get involved) to understanding the sometimes eccentric ways of the locals.

Gorgeously filmed on location in Southern France.

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UK / BBC1 / 12×30 minute episodes / Broadcast 28 February – 16 May 1993

Writer: Michael Sadler / Book: Peter Mayle / Producer: Ken Riddington / Director: David Tucker

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JOHN THAW as Peter Mayle
LINDSAY DUNCAN as Annie Mayle
JEAN-PIERRE DELAGE as Colombani
BERNARD SPIEGAL as Marcel
JO DOUMERG as Amadee Clement

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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

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

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

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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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