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Johnny Jarvis

1 9 8 3 (UK)
6 x 50 minute episodes

The story of Johnny Jarvis (Mark Farmer) – a young boy growing up in the early years of Thatcher‘s Britain, told from the perspective of his best friend Alan Lipton (Ian Sears).


The six-part BBC series follows their relationship from its beginnings in 1977 when Alan makes it his mission to befriend Johnny, through school, exams and into early adulthood with Jake (Maurice Colbourne), Alan’s mysterious father, and Stella (Johanna Hargreaves) the purple-haired love interest.

Their relationships are set against classic British eighties themes such as unemployment, racism, drugs, gang violence, and Alan’s growing lack of compassion for those around him.

Johnny Jarvis
Mark Farmer
Alan Lipton
Ian Sears
Mrs Lipton
Diana Davies
Mrs Jarvis
Catherine Harding
Mr Jarvis
John Bardon
Jamie Foreman
Maurice Colbourne
Paul Turner
Alrick Riley
Mrs Turner
Nadia Cattouse
Mr Turner
Tommy Eytle
Jim Findley
Johanna Hargreaves
The Colonel
Nick Stringer
Rev. David Sales
Neil Cunningham
Dorian Healy
Gary Shail