GEORDIE GRIMNESS in the form of a Catherine Cookson adaptation and foisted on 70s kids, later repeated in the classic Sunday serial slot. Pit disaster claims John Willie’s father, leaving him (deaf and dumb) and brother Davey hunting work. They are “taken in” by the kindly but strict (as ever) Miss Peamarsh. Much gritty Northern rivalry betwixt heroes and baddy Coxon (MALCOLM “WHEN THE BOAT COMES IN” TERRIS), and the dog, Snuffy, dug up some skeleton or other in the greenhouse. Canny, like.