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Kids From 47A, The

REDOUBTABLE KIDS sitcom from the keep-smiling-through school of jokery. Downbeat “sit” finds four children living alone, thanks to the father dying and the mum being in hospital (joining her husband for the second series). “Com” derived from wacky junior funsters: George (RUSSELL LEWIS), who became antisocial one week and donned a German helmet with a badly-scrawled swastika on it; Jess (CHRISTINE MCKENNA) who somehow worked in an office; Binny (GAYNOR HODGSON) who wanted to become a writer; and Willy (NIGEL GREAVES) who was the youngest and therefore a pest. Somehow they ran the house, paid the bills, did the washing etc. Enemy was anyone who tried to destroy this delightful domestic harmony, i.e. the child welfare officer. All rather grim and grisly, with laughs, like much else in Britain at the time, being in drastically short supply.

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  1. Paul

    September 16, 2010 at 7:11 pm

    I recall this show well but don’t remember it being downbeat – it had a sense of adventure (kids coping without adults & outwitting nosy neighbours) and fun from their antics. Pity it’s not on dvd.

  2. SarahT

    February 20, 2011 at 11:07 pm

    I so agree with your comment, was all about sticking together, normal sibling conflict and a sense of fun. Loved Jess with her petite figure, Etam clothes and BIG buttons on everything!

  3. Vince P

    November 15, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    I remember this. the school they filmed was the school I attended. Never saw the stars though as they used the school during the holiday period. Wonderful days!

  4. Dave Brown

    October 12, 2013 at 6:45 am

    Who else remembers this brilliant little gem from early 1970’s childrens’ television. I’ve been waiting forty long years (including fourteen long years on Amazon etc. for it to appear. As a youngster (the first time around, whilst I was still practicing ) ; now don’t go laughing, it’s true; I used to be devoted to watching this series (in between homework) and my very first ‘crush’ was on ‘Jess’ in this series, played by Christine McKenna. I can’t wait for the postman (or courier) to deliver it, hopefully in a couple of days time. Oh sweet, sweet memories!!! ((((((xxxxxx))))))(x) Dave.

  5. jim barrington

    October 27, 2013 at 9:01 am

    this was on ITV as it was made by ATV, so it was never on BBC1

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