1 9 6 2 – 1 9 6 3 (UK)
12 x 25 minute episodes
Based on the famous children’s books by Richmal Crompton, this 25-minute series famously starred Dennis Waterman (of The Sweeney and Minder fame) in the title role for the six episodes produced in 1962. He was replaced in the title role in 1963 by Denis Gilmore.
William’s gang (who called themselves The Outlaws) consisted of Douglas (Carlo Cura), Henry (Kaplan Kaye) and Ginger (Christopher Witty) with Gillian Gosling as the awful Violet Elizabeth Bott, whose lisping catchphrase was “I’ll thcream and thcream and thcream til I’m thick”.
The series has been remade twice as Just William – Once in 1976 (by London Weekend Television) and again in 1994 – 1995 by BBC1.
Dennis Waterman (1)
Denis Gilmore (2)
Violet Elizabeth Bott
William and the Wonderful Present | William and the Leopard Hunter | William Finds a Job | William the Counterspy | William and the Parrots | William and the American Tie || William the Peacemaker | William and the Little Girl | William and the Three Bears | William and the Sleeping Major | William and the Real Laurence | William goes Shopping