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Soldier and Me

NINE-PART ADAPTATION by David Line of his best-selling children’s thriller. Two boys get pursued by a sinister foursome of Czech emigres on location around Manchester and Stockport, on the bleak uplands of the Pennines and in the granite mountains of the Lake District. GERALD SUNDQUIST was Jim and RICHARD WILLIS played Soldier, the bespectacled young Czech boy who befriended him. Witnessed a shooting and were pursued throughout by the assassins ‘Boss’ and his henchmen, leading them to spring off a 15-foot wall, row a tiny boat across a storm-tossed Wastwater, ride a derelict bike down a steep hill, engage in a rooftop escapade, get shot at by an angry farmer and jump off a moving train in the middle of wild country.

8 Comments

8 Comments

  1. sue fernandez

    September 25, 2009 at 12:43 pm

    I loved this series and am desperate to get a copy of it to show to my Year 7’s as we are reading it at the moment. Actually, Szolda (Soldier) was Hungarian, not Czech. Does anyone know where I cpould get a copy of the series from?

  2. sue fernandez

    September 25, 2009 at 1:03 pm

    I loved this series and am desperate to get a copy of it to show to my Year 7’s as we are reading it at the moment. Actually, Szolda (Soldier) was Hungarian, not Czech. Does anyone know where I could get a copy of the series from?

  3. paul leeds

    April 26, 2010 at 7:42 pm

    sue; In the tv series they were czech jn the book they were hungarian, greatest childrens novel iv every read,im glad there teaching it in schools. I still read it now especially around christmas when it is set how old am i, and yes i would like a copy if anyone has got one.

  4. joey

    January 8, 2011 at 4:42 pm

    David wrote a sequel: Mike and Me with the same characters.

  5. Glenn A

    December 7, 2011 at 8:51 pm

    I’m sure in the book the two kids escaped from London to Norfolk, but it’s 31 years since I read this at school and would love to recap on this excellent story.

  6. Marcus Tickner

    August 12, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    The book, by David Line, was also published under the name “Run For Your Life”.

    No matter which publisher has released the book, none has managed to provide it with a cover design that emulates the quality of the book itself.

    As a matter of interest, the first episode in its entirety, is available to view on YouTube.

  7. Tim Rendall

    September 14, 2012 at 10:33 am

    Does anyone know if the remaining episodes still exist? This was a series that I remember very fondly and I would love to see it again. I think it may have been re shown on
    channel 4 in the 80s? it needs to be available on DVD.

  8. Mark Vent

    June 1, 2015 at 8:17 pm

    Soldier and Me will be released on DVD by NETWORK on the 17th August this year (2015)

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