In Hackney in 1977, Johnny Jarvis and Alan Lipton become unlikely friends in their final year at school: Jarvis is the class clown, a popular lad with a talent for welding, while Lipton is ... See full summary »
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Series cast summary:
Mark Farmer Mark Farmer ...  Johnny Jarvis 6 episodes, 1983
Ian Sears Ian Sears ...  Alan Lipton 6 episodes, 1983
Alrick Riley ...  Paul Turner 6 episodes, 1983
Jamie Foreman ...  Manning 6 episodes, 1983
Catherine Harding Catherine Harding ...  Mrs. Jarvis 6 episodes, 1983
Maurice Colbourne Maurice Colbourne ...  Jake 6 episodes, 1983
Johanna Hargreaves Johanna Hargreaves ...  Stella 5 episodes, 1983
Diana Davies Diana Davies ...  Mrs. Lipton 6 episodes, 1983
Nick Stringer ...  The Colonel 6 episodes, 1983
Jim Findley ...  Kenny 5 episodes, 1983
Nadia Cattouse Nadia Cattouse ...  Mrs. Turner 4 episodes, 1983
Neil Cunningham Neil Cunningham ...  Rev. David Sales 4 episodes, 1983
Dorian Healy ...  Spud 4 episodes, 1983
Gary Shail Gary Shail ...  Guy 4 episodes, 1983
Tommy Eytle Tommy Eytle ...  Mr. Turner 3 episodes, 1983
John Bardon ...  Mr. Jarvis 3 episodes, 1983
Ancel McFarlane Ancel McFarlane ...  Stephen Turner 2 episodes, 1983
Sarah London Sarah London ...  Pauline 2 episodes, 1983
Kevin Allen ...  Group member 2 episodes, 1983
Vincent Allen Vincent Allen ...  Mick 2 episodes, 1983
Toby Arnold Toby Arnold ...  Group member 2 episodes, 1983
Martin Carroll Martin Carroll ...  PE Teacher 2 episodes, 1983
Nick Corfield Nick Corfield ...  Group member 2 episodes, 1983
Jim Dunk Jim Dunk ...  Mason 2 episodes, 1983
John Goodrum John Goodrum ...  Group member 2 episodes, 1983
Lauren Hayes Lauren Hayes ...  Group member 2 episodes, 1983
Chris Jury ...  Benny 2 episodes, 1983
Diana Kyle Diana Kyle ...  Clare 2 episodes, 1983
Caroline Lancaster Caroline Lancaster ...  Careers officer 2 episodes, 1983
Sidney Livingstone Sidney Livingstone ...  Mr. Lowther 2 episodes, 1983
Joe McGann ...  Steve 2 episodes, 1983
Lionel Ngakane Lionel Ngakane ...  Mr. Casson 2 episodes, 1983
Janet Palmer Janet Palmer ...  Rose 2 episodes, 1983
Mark Penfold Mark Penfold ...  Bannerman / ... 2 episodes, 1983
Peggy Phango Peggy Phango ...  Mrs. Stapleton 2 episodes, 1983
Martin Philips Martin Philips ...  Group member 2 episodes, 1983
Archie Pool Archie Pool ...  Papa 2 episodes, 1983
Anthony Powell Anthony Powell ...  Arthur 2 episodes, 1983
Robert Putt Robert Putt ...  Barber 2 episodes, 1983
Earl Rhodes ...  Jiff 2 episodes, 1983
Mike Smart Mike Smart ...  Knight 2 episodes, 1983
Chris Tummings ...  Sparrow 2 episodes, 1983
Paul Vincent Paul Vincent ...  Benson 2 episodes, 1983
Arthur Whybrow Arthur Whybrow ...  Mr. Davies / ... 2 episodes, 1983
Sonya Saul Sonya Saul ...  Sharon Turner 1 episode, 1983
Paul Bhattacharjee ...  Ranjit 1 episode, 1983
Bill Bingham Bill Bingham ...  TV Interviewer 1 episode, 1983
Karen Bowen Karen Bowen ...  Sarah 1 episode, 1983
Ian Brimble ...  Sidney 2 episodes, 1983
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In Hackney in 1977, Johnny Jarvis and Alan Lipton become unlikely friends in their final year at school: Jarvis is the class clown, a popular lad with a talent for welding, while Lipton is a bookish dreamer who spends his time fabricating impressive exploits, pondering the future and fantasising about the father he's never met. As they leave school and anxiously embark on an uncertain future, can their friendship survive? Written by GusF

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English

Release Date:

10 November 1983 (UK) See more »

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(6 episodes)

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Manning's first name is never revealed. See more »

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Midway through episode 1 set in 1977, Johnny Jarvis walks with his dad who is going to work. His dad is carrying a folded tabloid newspaper with the partly visible headline "Denis warms US up", (presumably Denis Thatcher, who in 1977 was not headline material, so this would be a 1983 paper used on set during filming). In episode 2, set a year later in 1978, Johnny again walks his dad to work, who is carrying the same newspaper. See more »

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Great Drama, shame BBC haven't released on DVD
9 March 2005 | by julian-135See all my reviews

Johnny Jarvis is the story of a young boy growing up in the early years of Thatcher's Britain, told from the perspective of his "best" friend Alan Lipton. It follows their relationship from its beginnings, when Alan makes it his mission to befriend Johnny, through school, exams and into early adulthood with Jake, Alan's mysterious father, and Stella the purple-haired love interest. Their relationships are set against classic British eighties themes such as unemployment, racism, gang violence, and not least Alan's growing lack of compassion for those around him.

After more than twenty years all I have to sustain my memories of this drama is the paperback novel. I do though remember it fondly and would love to see it again. There were rumours that the BBC accidentally destroyed the original tapes, although I have heard since that many duplicates were used abroad so all episodes are likely safe somewhere.


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