1 9 8 6 (UK)
6 x 25 minute episodes
Young Paula Prescott (Julia Millbank) found herself on the run from brutal East End club owner and villain Charlie Elkin (Christopher Ellison from The Bill) – who ran a protection racket – in this six-part BBC children’s series.
Paula’s taxi driver grandfather, Sam (Fred Bryant), had hidden a vital piece of evidence – half a pair of broken spectacles – that could link Elkin to an armed robbery and put him behind bars for many years, much to the pleasure of D.I. McNeill (James Cosmo).
Just before he passed away, Grandad Sam advised her that the location of the evidence could be found via an old musical box. The chase was then on to decipher the secrets of the box.
Paula’s family and her Sikh friend, Narinder (Amarjit Dhillon) were caught up in the shenanigans, and Paula learned to her horror that one of her family – her cousin Brian (Simon Adams) – was a member of Elkins’ gang.
The theme tune was Running Up That Hill by Kate Bush.
Pratap Singh Sidhu
Detective Inspector McNeil
Kamal Kaur Sidhu
Grandad (Sam Prescott)