1 9 7 7 – 1 9 7 9 (UK)
14 x 25 minute episodes
This fondly remembered family series from Tyne Tees follows the adventures of J.G. (Tony Neilson), Ian (Andrew Edwards), Gog (Peter Younger), Baz (Gavin Kitchen) and Sam (Judith Pyle) – teenagers on a paper round for their local newsagent, Jack Crawford (Glynn Edwards – the Winchester Barman from Minder).
Retired policeman Jack always tells the lads (and lass) to keep their eyes open as they go about their rounds – as a result, they often discover the news, as well as deliver it, going up against baby snatchers, burglars, prize-winning leek knobblers, illegal dog racers and the “sweetie shop thief”.
Filmed among the endless terraced streets of Gateshead and featuring humorous, exciting scripts – several garnering a Writer’s Guild Award (Best Children’s Writer) for playwright and screenwriter William Corlett – The Paper Lads ran for two seasons.
The Paper Lads is really The Famous Five without the middle-class trappings but with a little more depth. The theme tune, Back Home Once Again, was penned by folk-rock group Renaissance.
J.G. (John George) Bell
Barry ‘Baz’ Moorhead
Paul ‘Gog’ Golightly