1 9 8 1 (UK)
7 x 30 minute episodes
This seven-part series from ATV was set in the Victorian era and based on a story published in 1882 by F. Anstey, the pseudonym of Thomas Anstey Guthrie.
13-year-old Dick Bultitude (Paul Spurrier) wishes he didn’t have to return to school, but having made his wish over the magical Garuda stone – a talisman given to him by his Uncle Marmaduke (Jeremy Child) – he finds himself magically transformed into his dapper but pompous 42-year-old businessman father Paul (Peter Bowles) – and vice versa.
Paul (as Dick) finds it difficult to adapt to Victorian public school life and earns a reputation with his fellow pupils as both a sneak and a coward whilst Dick (as Paul) almost ruins his father’s business.
lain Cuthbertson co-starred as terrifying headmaster, Dr Grimestone.
Exterior scenes of the school were filmed at Northaw Place near Potters Bar, Hertfordshire.
The Transformation | The Outcast | The Trial | The Fight | The Letter | The Escape | The Reckoning