In the 1980’s, George Lucas and Steven Spielberg turned a mutual love of the cliffhanging theatrical serials of their youth into a series of adventures for a handsome world-traveling archaeologist named Indiana Jones. Three Indiana Jones films were produced between 1981 and 1989, forging a legendary status for Harrison Ford’s character that was on a par with the likes of Zorro, The Lone Ranger and Tarzan. In 1992, Lucas, clearly a fan of reversing chronology in storytelling, brought Indy to the small screen in The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, an adventure series that would serve as a prequel to his three movies.
In the last of the film series, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, River Phoenix played young Indy, which may have been the genesis for the TV series. On the small screen, Phoenix’s (and Ford’s) shoes were filled by Sean Patrick Flanery (as the teenaged Indy) and Cory Carrier (the kid Indy). The stories spanned from Indy’s childhood travels with his father (who was on, what seemed, one continuous Medieval studies lecture tour) to the solo journeys of his youth and even into World War I.
Every episode began with a 93-year-old Indy, a gray-haired professor, talking about one of his old childhood adventures—and oh, there were a lot of them. Indy met (in no chronological order whatsoever) Lawrence of Arabia, Pablo Picasso, Pancho Villa and Sigmund Freud; he competed against a young Ernest Hemmingway for the affections of a girl, listened to scholar T.E. Lawrence, was nursed back to health by Albert Schweitzer and went on safari with Teddy Roosevelt. Just think of what his autograph collection could have been…
This must have been a show that wanderlusty actors and TV tradesmen were clamoring to be a part of—it was shot on location all over Europe, Africa and Asia. There was action, comedy and romance, and amidst all of that, the show somehow managed to maintain a decent amount of historical accuracy, which isn’t exactly a TV priority.
Thirty-two episodes were filmed in two separate productions for ABC between 1992 and 1993. Unfortunately, these exciting versions of history lessons were terrifically expensive to shoot, and although the series had built a loyal cadre of die-hard fans, its popularity never lived up to the standard set by the films. ABC cancelled the show after only a year of production.
USA / ABC / 32 episodes / Broadcast 4 March – 7 September 1992
Sean Patrick Flanery as Henry “Indiana” Jones
George Hall as Dr. Henry “Indiana” Jones
Lloyd Owen as Prof. Henry Jones, Sr.
Corey Carren as Young Henry Jones; flashbacks
Ronny Couttecure as Remy
Margaret Tyzack as Miss Seymour
Clochemerle (BBC-2 1972, Cyril Cusack, Roy Dotrice)
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.
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
Writers: Ray Galton, Alan Simpson
Novel: Gabriel Chevallier
Producer: Michael Mills
Network and Production Companies: BBC Two – Bavaria
Duration: 9×30 minute episodes
Aired From: 18 February – 14 April 1972 Fridays at 10.05pm
Clairvoyant, The (BBC-2 1986, Roy Kinnear, Sandra Dickinson)
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.
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
Writer: Roy Clarke
Producer and Director: Alan J.W. Bell
Network and Production Companies: BBC-2
Duration: 6×30 minute episodes
Aired From: Pilot – 27 November 1984 and Series – 15 May – 19 June 1986
Christmas Princess (UP 2017, Nicole Munoz, Zak Santiago)
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.
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
Director: Allan Harmon
Writer: Tracy Andreen
Network and Production Companies: UP
Duration: 1×120 minute episode
Aired From: Sunday 10 December 2017
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