UK / BBC One – A L Films – Northern Ireland Screen – WGBH Boston / 2×90 minute episodes / Broadcast 6-13 December 2009
Writers: Paula Milne, Sarah Williams / Book: Andrea Levy / Script Supervisor: Lynda Marshall / Script Editor: Mona Qureshi / Music: Martin Phipps / Cinematography: Tony Miller / Titles: Peter Anderson / Production Design: Will Hughes-Jones / Executive Producers: Alison Owen, Paula Milne, Paul Trijbits, Rebecca Eaton, Lucy Richer / Producers: Joanna Anderson, Vicky Licorish, Grainne Marmion / Director: John Alexander
Fabulous two part period drama Small Island takes us from Jamaica to post world war two London with a story of two very different women whose lives cross paths and change things for both of them forever.
In 1947 Hortense Joseph follows her marriage of convenience husband Gilbert to rainy London from Jaimica believing that he is making enough money to support them and build a new life for them; Gilbert though is lodging with Queenie Bligh who is married to the staid Bernard (the war has taken a heavy toll on him it seems and he spends long periods away from home).
Based on the book by Andrea Levy Small Island is excellent. Another high quality performance from the dazzling Ruth Wilson as Queenie who seeks solace in the arms of the Jamaican Michael despite knowing there can be no future for them. Naomie Harris also sparkles proving she is one of the best young actresses around. Benedict Cumberbatch is all uptight, straight jacketed Englishman whilst Ashley Walters as Michael shows Queenie real love for the first time in her life.
The drama also tackles some serious real life issues too as many Jamaican immigrants suffered racism despite being needed to help rebuild post war Britain.
Naomie Harris as Hortense
Ruth Wilson as Queenie
David Oyelowo as Gilbert
Hugh Quarshie as Narrator
Ashley Walters as Michael
Roger Sloman as Mr Todd
Shaun Parkes as Winston
Benedict Cumberbatch as Bernard
Arctic Air (CBC 2012, Adam Beach, Pascale Hutton)
Canadian TV show Arctic Air is a one-hour adventure series set in the booming Arctic, about a maverick airline and the unconventional family who runs it. On the ground, Bobby, the headstrong business partner, struggles to save the airline from crashing financially while Mel, the cantankerous co-owner, keeps his crew of pilots in the air. Caught in the crossfire is Mel’s hotshot pilot daughter Krista.
As the series progresses the character-based drama will deliver hard-hitting emotional stories – from the romantic entanglement of Bobby and Krista, to the conflicts that spark between Bobby and his competitors, his business partners and even his extended family. There’s a new gold rush heating up under the permafrost, and there are new fortunes of diamonds and oil to claim.
Adam Beach, Pascale Hutton, Kevin McNulty, Stephen Lobo, Carmen Moore, John Reardon, Timothy Webber, Emilie Ullerup, Tanaya Beatty,
Ian Weir, Michele McMahon
11 January 2018 on CBC
number of episodes
35×50 minute episodes
Kings Row (ABC 1959, Jack Kelly, Victor Jury)
Drama series Kings Row told stories of the residents of a small town, especially psychiatrist Dr Parris Mitchell.
The series was one of three rotating series that aired under the umbrella title of Warner Brothers Presents. The other two were Casablanca and Cheyenne.
Like the other two series the show was also based on a movie (made in 1942). Future Western stars Jack Kelly (Maverick) and Robert Horton (Wagon Train) starred in the roles originated on the big screen by Bob Cummings and Ronald Reagan respectively.
Kings Row along with Casablanca were both dropped after each aired for only one season and a handful of episodes. The third series, Cheyenne, was a hit in the ratings and continued on for seven more seasons mostly on a rotating basis with other Western series.
Jack Kelly as Dr. Parris Mitchell
Robert Horton as Drake McHugh
Nan Leslie as Randy Monaghan
Victor Jory as Dr. Tower
Robert Burton as Dr. Gordon
Lillian Bronson as Grandma
Executive Producer: William T. Orr
Producer: Roy Huggins
Music: David Buttolph
Set Designer: William Holland
Based On The Works Of: Henry Bellamann
Network and Production Companies: ABC – Warner
Duration: x50 minute episodes
Aired From: 13 September 1955 – 17 January 1956 Tuesdays at 07:30 pm
Firehouse (ABC 1974, James Drury, Richard Jaeckel)
Action adventure series Firehouse detailed the exploits of a fire crew.
In the series Capt. Spike Ryerson commands the squad of brave and hardworking firemen of Engine Company 23 working out of Los Angeles County. Like the similarly themed “Emergency”, there was much rescuing of people from dangerous situations. The thirty minute running time was possibly a mistake although it did allow the series to focus on the action.
The TV Movie pilot was broadcast in 1973.
James Drury as Captain Spike Ryerson
Richard Jaeckel as Hank Myers
Michael Delano as Sonny Caputo
Brad David as Billy Dalzell
Bill Overton as Cal Dakin
Producers: Dick Berg, John Ireland, Richard Collins
Network and Production Companies: ABC – Metromedia
Duration: 1×90 minute episodes 13×25 minute episodes
Aired From: 17 January – 1 August 1974
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