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TV: K is for...


“MUM! THERE’S a gyppo on the telly!” Much mid-70s mirth was to be derived from this at-the-time preposterous sight of a tinker turning up on children’s TV, moreover one fulfilling all the stereotypes about travellers which you’d heard about/impersonated in the playground. Hence Kizzy, for it is she, spits and shouts and fights and doesn’t wash and doesn’t know how to use a toilet. When her travelling caravan (all the stereotypes were here!) burns down she has to go to school and naturally gets picked on. Then her horse dies. Then she gets nits (probably). Not the best way of tackling this kind of subject over beans on toast.



  1. Applemask

    April 27, 2010 at 5:39 pm

    Pretty good book, as I recall.

  2. stevemcvey1971

    July 28, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    I have vague memories of this as a 5 year old kid, namely some old gyppo crone cackling a lot and our heroine(?) having a nice tartan skirt that got taken the piss out of, resulting in her trampling it into a muddy puddle. I must need help remembering this…

  3. iMatt

    September 9, 2014 at 10:20 pm

    I remember Kizzy too. Part of my childhood memories. Here it is, the entire series:

    P.S. Whatever happened to the actress who played Kizzy, Vanessa Furst? I thik this was the only bit of TV she ever did.

  4. Joanne Gray

    February 18, 2017 at 7:13 pm

    I remember reading the book too after watching the series (found it in the school library when my class took turns to look after the couple of hundred books in my primary school’s upper school library). All I can remember about the tv portrayal is that for a gypsy, Kizzy had your standard posh stage school voice.

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