1 9 8 0 (UK)
4 x 30 minute episodes
This BBC series featured a group of seven precocious posh boys and girls who start their own theatre company – the Blue Door Theatre Company – in a disused chapel and produce plays.
Nigel (Simon Cowell-Parker) designs scenery, Jeremy (Dominic Savage) composes music, Sandra (Sarah Greene) makes costumes and “Bulldog” (Ashley Knight) shines in comic roles.
The kids have to work hard to be taken seriously and to impress the judges of the Seymore Trophy acting competition in a bid to be allowed to attend drama school to realise their dream of a career in the professional theatre.
The short series – made by the BBC in association with the Australian Broadcasting Commission – was based on a 1941 children’s novel by an author called Pamela Brown.
Percy ‘Bulldog’ Halford
Victoria ‘Viccy’ Jane Halford
Sally Jane Jackson
Madeleine ‘Maddy’ Fayne