1 9 7 9 (UK)
6 x 60 minute episodes
Christine Fletcher (Gerry Cowper, pictured above) and Tim Moffat (Stephen Garlick) were the underage lovers at the centre of this dramatic Saturday night series from London Weekend Television which debuted on 4 November 1979.
Chris and Tim attended the same comprehensive school in London. She was being groomed for university while he was a budding artist who flopped with his GCEs. Her parents were solid and respectable while his parents had split up.
Their clandestine relationship grows into a full-scale love affair and the teenage couple eventually run away together and luxuriate in unhassled bliss until her parents call the police. On the run, they fetch up at his estranged mother’s place for shelter where her frank attitude to sex proves yet another adult embarrassment for the young pair.
In the final episode (Back To Earth), Chris and Tim return home to distressed parents, friends and teachers.
The Independent Broadcasting Authority ordered that episodes be screened after 10 pm due to the sensitivity around underage sex (the characters were 15) thus depriving the age group for which it was intended from actually seeing it in most cases.
Sylvestra Le Touzel
Blueprints | Ructions | Home and Away | Fun and Games | The Trouble with a Kitten | Back to Earth