1 9 6 0 (UK)
35 x 30 minute episodes
This action-packed children’s action series followed the adventures of Detective Air Inspector James “Biggles” Bigglesworth (Neville Whiting), and was based on the famous stories by Captain W.E.Johns.
The daredevil pilot had left the Air Force after the war with his chums Ginger (played by pop star John Leyton) and Bertie (David Drummond) and was now attached to the CID at Scotland Yard.
The programme had very traditional ‘goodies’ and ‘baddies’ and each episode had a thrilling flying sequence and a cliff-hanger ending.
Among the show’s writers was a young man called Tony Warren, who went on to devise Coronation Street, while John Leyton topped the charts with Johnny Remember Me, a year after Biggles was screened.
Tally Ho, chaps!
Inspector James ‘Biggles’ Bigglesworth
Lord Bertram “Bertie” Lissie