WRETCHED SMALL-SCREEN half-sibling of [cref 2647 HEIDI]. Similarly badly-dubbed, similarly never-ending and similarly peopled-by-ugly-kids “fable” dealing with the plight of the titular dirty-faced tinker (PATRICK BACH), one of those Romany circus-boy types who only seem to exist in Enid Blyton books or foreign imports. Convinced his mother is a famous trapeze artist (naturally), Silas first tames, then steals, a black horse from his farmer master. Befriending a couple of other kids (Godik and Jenny) and fleeing from the evil “Shrew”, he proceeds to embark upon a series of smuggler-thwarting adventures only slightly shorter in duration than the 100 Years War and just as depressing. Sappy denouement, with Silas adopted by a rich family, bizarrely deflected by the return of Godik (on a grey horse) and the pair, erm, riding off into the sunset.