1 9 8 3 (UK)
10 x 25 minute episodes
17-year-old Rodney Baverstock (Michael Waterman) wins £758,000 (and 27 pence) on the football pools thanks to his Aunt Adelaide (Kathleen Moffatt) who enters a coupon for him each week.
With the prize money, he buys a tiger, a red Ferrari replete with Swedish chauffeur Claudine (Sylvia Sachs) – who was also a naturist – and gardener Prince Charming (Roy Alexander). He also buys a mansion near Arsenal’s ground at Highbury for himself and his friends, including girlfriend Liz (Lucy Aston) and best mate Thornton (Lloyd Peters) who was a genius with electronics and gadgets and thought he was a robot.
He also finances the recording career of his soul/reggae singer mate Sami Tate (Vivienne McKone) and becomes her manager.
Sadly, Aunt Adelaide later discovers she has cancer so Rodney and Liz take her on a round-the-world trip.
This Sunday afternoon drama series for kids was made by Television South for ITV and filmed around Southampton (though it’s set in North London).