1 9 7 7 – 1 9 7 8 (UK)
14 x 30 minute episodes
This ATV drama series for teenagers followed the progress and pitfalls of a group of fifth-formers at (the fictional) Oxford Lane Comprehensive School.
Pupil Chris Taylor (Jamie Foreman) is accused of something he didn’t do and, in exasperation, writes about the incident for the official school magazine.
When games master Mr Buck (Chris Sanders) refuses to print the article, Chris and some of the other fifth-formers decide to pool their journalistic talents and put together their own magazine – a punchier alternative called A Bunch of Fives.
Every bit as hard-hitting and humorous as its BBC contemporary Grange Hill (which debuted in-between series one and two of A Bunch of Fives) the series was devised by John Sichel with Colin Rogers and mostly written by BAFTA-winning writer Paula Milne.
External scenes were filmed at Ravenscroft Comprehensive in Barnet.
Mrs Carol Walsh
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