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BAFFLING KIDS DRAMA about a public schoolboy (just for a change) called Billy who learns his parents have been killed in a sailing accident, moves in with their solicitor, then finds out he was adopted and sets off to track down mum and dad #2. Trek took him across Europe taking in lots of lovely-to-film architecture and minging moaning locals. Kid (BENEDICT “A PERFECT SPY” TAYLOR) gets nowhere fast, plays the cello alot, falls in with po-faced characters with a penchant for staring into the distance after muttering they knew his father a long long time ago, and meets BRIGADIER ALISTAIR GORDON LETHBRIDGE STEWART. Each episode ended with the tyke learning fuck all and moving on to look at more distinguished architecture.



  1. hhg

    July 4, 2015 at 1:47 am


  2. George White

    March 22, 2018 at 11:21 am

    Watching this.
    Half-public school drama, half Cold War thriller (a hybrid subgenre popular at the time, post-Tinker Tailor, see also Codename Icarus and even Mawdryn Undread) Tyne-Tees serial (hence Denise Welch popping up as Geordie girlfriend) – teenage Herzog fan Benedict Taylor (he has a Nosferatu the Vampyre poster) discovers his recently deceased parents only adopted him, and travels out to Europe. Extraordinary cast. Laurence Naismith, Michael Gough, Sian Phillips as an opera singer, Nicholas Courtney as “Le Brigadiere”. Endless flashbacks – going through the continent and then cos it’s Tyne-Tees, Northumberland. Ends with German B-movie regular Siegfried Rauch, his father’s killer falling off a ski-slope.

  3. Glenn Aylett

    June 12, 2022 at 1:40 pm

    Some of the outdoor scenes were filmed in my birthplace, North Shields, and yes, there’s a very young Denise Welch appearing. Otherwise a rather impenetrable show where the credits have someone driving a car through a communist border post and endless flashbacks.

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