1 9 8 2 (UK)
20 x 25 minute episodes
This Tyne Tees series was based on Frederick Grice’s 1969 novel, The Courage of Andy Robson, about a young boy who is uprooted from his life in the pit community of Easington in 1910, when his father is killed in a mining accident.
Andy Robson (Tom Davidson) is sent to stay in a remote part of Northumberland, but after upsetting his new schoolmaster and making an enemy of the school bully he realises he has a lot to learn about rural life.
Andy is given a dog to care for but in the second episode (‘Plague Dogs’) an outbreak of rabies further alienates him from the locals. Help is at hand in the form of upper-class Victoria Dennison (Stephanie Tague) and local lad Alec (Stevie-Lee Pattinson) whom he befriends.
The trio shared numerous adventures across two seasons including intrigue with foreign agents, hunting for buried treasure, and preparing for a royal visit.