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I remember watching this when i was 13 years old. It was shown in several parts on BBC1 after the 9pm news and came over like a 'PLAY FOR TODAY' intended for teenagers. I remember liking it so much that i went out and bought the Penguin paperback novel which unfortunately i no longer have. I also think a lot of it was filmed on location on a drab, dreary, grey and concrete council estate in London, something that gave it a low budget Mike Leigh feel as well as authenticity.
My recollection of the storyline isn't that good. It concerned a nerdy teenage schoolboy trying to impress people about how interesting he is by telling yarns about what interesting adventures he and his mate, Johnny Jarvis, get up to (all lies of course). Poor old Johnny is unaware of these stories about him and thus he gets held up as some kind of mystical superman by those who believe the stories.
I suppose the story is about alienated, no hope youth and the need to invent heroes if none exist (remember, this was Thatchers Britain of 1983 we are talking about). I know its never been available on video and i don't think its ever been repeated (does it still exist?) but i'd love to see it again. If the beeb won't release it on DVD then perhaps they could show it again on one of their digital channels!!!
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