Billy Webb is a young boy who likes to swap things with his school mates. He meets Alfonso Bonzo, an "Italian exchange student" who also has a talent for swapping things (thus his ... See full summary »
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Series cast summary:
Scott Riley Scott Riley ...  Billy Webb 6 episodes, 1990
Alex Jennings ...  Alfonso Bonzo 6 episodes, 1990
Mike Walling Mike Walling ...  Trevor Trotman 6 episodes, 1990
Susan Porrett Susan Porrett ...  Mrs. Webb 6 episodes, 1990
Fleur Taylor Fleur Taylor ...  Linda Webb 6 episodes, 1990
Brian Hall ...  Mr. Webb 5 episodes, 1990
Lisa O'Connell Lisa O'Connell ...  June Barnacle 4 episodes, 1990
Bina Masad Bina Masad ...  Pritti Shah 4 episodes, 1990
Raymond Butcher Raymond Butcher ...  Nigel Creamer 4 episodes, 1990
Gil Brailey Gil Brailey ...  Mrs. Peasgood 3 episodes, 1990
Rory McNicholl Rory McNicholl ...  Scott Barnacle 3 episodes, 1990
Phyllis Osie Phyllis Osie ...  Annette Osoba 3 episodes, 1990
Dwaine Foster Dwaine Foster ...  Darnell Masuda 3 episodes, 1990
Bryan Pringle ...  Mr. Hardwood 3 episodes, 1990
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Billy Webb is a young boy who likes to swap things with his school mates. He meets Alfonso Bonzo, an "Italian exchange student" who also has a talent for swapping things (thus his self-description: he is an Italian student who exchanges things). Alfonso offers Billy a variety of temporary swaps to demonstrate his abilities: Billy's boring old dog for a greyhound that does ballet, the wonky Webb family television for a new model with a button that lets the viewer become part of the action, Billy's battered schoolbag full of unfinished homework for a brand new schoolbag containing a file folder that magically produces finished homework... but each swap has disadvantages as well as advantages, and Alfonso Bonzo cuts an increasingly sinister figure as he leads up to one last swap, this one for keeps. The TV series later had a spinoff called Billy Webb's Amazing Stories, featuring Billy's further (non-Alfonso-related) adventures. Written by Mike Holmes

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English

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4 January 1990 (UK) See more »

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Alfonso's last gift to Billy is a TV set which can allow him to step inside what he's watching. When Billy, perturbed by what then happens, asks where the set is, Alfonso replies "Why, Billy Webb, this is the set, nor are we out of it." This echoes Christopher Marlowe's "Doctor Faustus": Faustus asks Mephostophilis how he has escaped from Hell, and the spirit replies, "Why, this is Hell, nor am I out of it". Like Mephostophilis, Alfonso has the power to grant wishes and his true nature only gradually becomes obvious. See more »

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Referenced in Billy Webb's Amazing Story: Part One (1991) See more »

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Loved it!
19 April 2006 | by thisisheavydocSee all my reviews

This was a great show. I remember watching this on CBBC after school. The actor Mike Walling (now in Coronation St as Roy Cropper's nerdy friend) was in it and I think he played Billy Webb's father. He was in hospital with his leg in plaster and would be sat alongside a different person each episode. He would be telling the other person the adventures of Billy Webb and Alfonso Bonzo and we would see the action as told through his story. At the end of each episode, the 'other' would always ask a question "but what happened to the ...?", for example, and the reply would always be " I WAS JUST COMING TO THAT" and in that moment it would end, a cliff-hanger for the next episode. Mystical, magical, unusual and captivating, not to mention boasting a brilliant theme tune (available online). This should be repeated.


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