1 9 7 3 – 1 9 7 5 (UK)
41 x 30 minute episodes
After their widowed mother falls ill and is taken into hospital, the Gathercole kids – Jess (16), Willy (14), Binny (12) and George (8) – the titular “kids from 47a” (a modest yet comfortable flat in a largish 1920s-style brick detached house in a middle-class neighbourhood) are left to fend for themselves until Aunt Olive arrives. Aunt Olive, however, doesn’t turn up.
Eldest sister Jess (Christine McKenna) – who works as a typist in a solicitor’s office – realises this could result in the family being split up, so she and her siblings resolve to keep their situation a secret from their mum and the authorities.
By the second series, Mum has died.
Set in Birmingham, The Kids from 47A debuted on 30 May 1973, aired on Wednesday afternoons and was produced by ATV.
Peggy Ann Clifford
Sally Anne Marlowe