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The Frankie Howerd Show (CBC 1976 with Frankie Howerd and Jack Duffy)

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Canada / CBC / 13×30 minute episode / Broadcast 26 February -5 June 1976 / Thursday 9.00pm then Saturday 8.30pm

Writers: Bill Lynn, Jerry O’Flanagan, Ken Finkleman / Producers: Bill Lynn, Norman Campbell

Sitcom The Frankie Howerd Show saw popular British comic Frankie Howerd move to Canada where he moves into a less than lovely boarding house determined to make something of himself.

Back in the sixties and seventies British comedians were always trotting off to perform for their commonwealth cousins, especially Australia where British comedy was (and still is) huge, quite a few of them scored Australian TV series everyone from The Two Ronnies to Dave Allen to Australian versions of shows like Love Thy Neighbour and Are You Being Served (all featuring members of the UK cast) but not many went to Canada and managed to land a TV show. Frankie Howerd did though, he was going through something of a fallow period back home in the UK having scored the biggest success of his career with Up Pompeii and it’s off shoots but not sure where to go next.

The series on offer here was very much the usual Frankie schtick of double takes and asides to the camera and titter ye nots but it is clear that the Canadian audience didn’t quite know how to take it and only one season was made.

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FRANKIE HOWERD as Frankie
JACK DUFFY as Wally Wheeler
PEGGY MAHON as Denise
RUTH SPRINGFIELD as Mrs Otterby
GARY FILES as Mrs Otterby’s Son

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True and the Rainbow Kingdom (Netflix 2017, Michela Luci, Jamie Watson)

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True and the Rainbow Kingdom

True is the guardian of the magical Rainbow Kingdom and the show’s bright and resilient girl lead. True, along with her best friend, Bartleby the cat, use ingenuity and creative thinking to solve problems big and small, and bring harmony and love to all.

The series is based on artwork by the Friends With You fine art collective and its positive messages of Magic, Luck, and Friendship.

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Michela Luci as True
Jamie Watson as Bartleby
Dante Zee as Zee
Eric Peterson as Rainbow King
Anna Claire Bartlam as Grizelda
Julie Lemieux as TTT Bus

crew details
Samuel Borkson, Arturo Sandoval as Creators

show type
children’s aimated comedy

broadcast from
Friday 11 August 2017

network and production companies
Netflix – Guru Studio – Home Plate Entertainment – i am OTHER

country
Canada

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Pure (CBC 2017, Ryan Robbins, Paxton-Beesley)

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Pure CBC 2017

Pure is the story of a Mennonite pastor trying to protect his family and preserve his faith while battling drug trafficking within his community. Inspired by true events, Pure was created and written by Michael Amo (The Listener) and directed by Ken Girotti (Orphan Black, Vikings), with Cineflix Media Inc.’s SVP of Scripted, Brett Burlock and President, Peter Emerson serving as Executive Producers, along with Girotti and Two East’s David MacLeod.

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Ryan Robbins
A.J. Buckley
Alex Paxton-Beesley
Peter Outerbridge
Rosie Perez

key behind the scenes crew
Brett Burlock as Executive Producer
David MacLeod as Executive Producer
Ken Girotti as Director of pilot
Michael Amo as Creator / Executive Producer
Peter Emerson as Executive Producer

show type
drama

broadcast from
2017

network and production companies
CBS – Cineflix Media – Two East Productions

country
Canada

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Defying Gravity (BBC-ABC 2009 with Ron Livingston and Laura Harris)

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USA – Canada – UK – Germany / BBC-ABC-CTV / 13×50 minute episodes / Broadcast 2 August – 23 October 2009

Creator: James Parriott / Producers: Ron French, Sheri Elwood

In the scifi drama series Defying Gravity we follow a team of eight astronauts (four men, four women) as they explore our solar system aboard the ship The Antares, on a six year mission. Closely monitored by Mission Control back on Earth it soon becomes obvious that some unseen force is directing them in strange ways. Maddux Donner is ships engineer, Evram Mintz is the doctor, Jen Crane the biologist, Nadia Schilling is the pilot, Zoe Barnes is a geologist, Ted Shaw is the commander of the ship, Steve Wassenfelder is physicist and Paula Morales is the lander pilot.

Played pretty straight, like an updated version of the BBC’s Moonbase 3, Defying Gravity probably suffered from its pan-country financing and the idea about the constant filming of the crew for a documentary series back on Earth seems designed purely to cater for the reality TV fan, it builds nicely though and once it becomes obvious that something is going to happen when the ships lands on Venus the tension mounts quite a bit.

Three seasons were planned but it was not to be.

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RON LIVINGSTON as Maddux Donner

LAURA HARRIS as Zoe Barnes

CHRISTINA COX as Jen Crane

MALIK YOBA as Ted Shaw

FLORENTINE LAHME as Nadia Sschilling

EYAL PODELL as Evram Mintz

PAULA GARCES as Paula Morales

DYLAN TAYLOR as Steve Wassenfinder

KAREN LEBLANC as Eve Weller-Shaw

ANDREW AIRLIE as Mike Goss

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