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Poor Adrian has a lot on his plate.
His parents are perpetually on the verge of divorce, he volunteers to help the aged (it gets him out of maths on Mondays) and gets stuck with Bert Baxter, a revolting 89-year-old man who treats him like a skivvy, he thinks he’s an intellectual but still can’t manage to do very well at school, the girl he likes is going out with his best friend Nigel (a spoilt brat), and the only person who seems on his side is his mad old grandma (Beryl Reid, fresh out of Mooncat and Co).
Adrian is a bit “wet” and writes poetry. He measures his success by the tone of the rejection letters he receives from the BBC and manages to see every situation in the deepest sense which he faithfully records in his secret diary: his parents’ split, his trials with his teenage skin and his love for his decidedly upper-middle-class, teen feminist soulmate, Pandora, were all graphically recorded by the goodhearted schoolboy.
Gian Sammarco played the title role and Julie Walters played Pauline Mole, Adrian’s mother, later to be replaced by Lulu in the second series, The Growing Pains of Adrian Mole.
Julie Walters (1)
Grandma (May) Mole