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Boy Who Won the Pools, The

ABOVE AVERAGE teencom that ended up buried in the Sunday afternoon “from the regions” slot as warmup to BULLSEYE. Titular hero 17-year-old Rodney Baverstock wins 758,000 pounds and 27 pence thanks to aunt’s coupon cunning. Resultant riches lead to red Ferrari, a tiger, a giant mansion and bankrolling soul singer mate Sami Tate’s recording career, plus crowd of hangers-on included Swedish chauffeur (and naturist) Claudia, Rastafarian gardner Leroy, long-suffering (aren’t they always?) girlfriend Liz and best mate Thornton (who thought he was a robot). Nice one.

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  1. Robert Steed

    October 20, 2012 at 11:32 pm

    I vaguely remember this program from my childhood (I was born in 1976). I’ve been longing to see it again ever since. It would be interesting to unlock the memories 30 years later! (If any actually remain buried in there.) Anyone know where this program can be seen?

  2. Robert Steed

    March 1, 2013 at 9:15 pm

    (Ironic that cheap dross like Bullseye is repeated on Challenge now but you can’t find things like TBWWTP, no?)

  3. Shaun Gill

    April 3, 2014 at 7:28 pm

    I remember this series for the simple reason that the music was created by reggae producer, Dennis Bovell. Some of this can be found on his LP ‘Brain Damage’ featuring members of Aswad.

  4. Tony

    July 5, 2014 at 5:43 pm

    I remember this well. I was 17 at the time in 1983. Shame this is not repeated – loved it.

  5. Damon

    September 19, 2015 at 6:26 am

    I recall that the theme tune may have been done by Pigbag, as in Papa’s got a brand new … but the internet seems to suggest otherwise.

    I was 12 when this aired on Sunday afternoons and found the plot a little hard to follow though I very much liked it’s surreal look and feel – so perfectly 80s and a bit arty. I think it all ended and he gave up his mansion when someone got sick (cancer?) and he gave his money away. Not even sure if that’s an accurate spoiler but hopefully someone can add to this thought below.

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