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.