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Mark Farmer ...
 Johnny Jarvis (6 episodes, 1983)
Ian Sears ...
 Alan Lipton (6 episodes, 1983)
Diana Davies ...
 Mrs. Lipton (6 episodes, 1983)
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 Manning (6 episodes, 1983)
Catherine Harding ...
 Mrs. Jarvis (6 episodes, 1983)
Alrick Riley ...
 Paul Turner (6 episodes, 1983)
Maurice Colbourne ...
 Jake (5 episodes, 1983)
Jim Findley ...
 Kenny (5 episodes, 1983)
Johanna Hargreaves ...
 Stella (5 episodes, 1983)
Nick Stringer ...
 The Colonel / ... (5 episodes, 1983)
Nadia Cattouse ...
 Mrs. Turner (4 episodes, 1983)
Neil Cunningham ...
 Rev. David Sales (4 episodes, 1983)
Tommy Eytle ...
 Mr. Turner (4 episodes, 1983)
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 Spud (4 episodes, 1983)
Gary Shail ...
 Guy (4 episodes, 1983)
John Bardon ...
 Mr. Jarvis (3 episodes, 1983)
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 Group member (2 episodes, 1983)
Vincent Allen ...
 Mick (2 episodes, 1983)
Toby Arnold ...
 Group member (2 episodes, 1983)
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 Sidney (2 episodes, 1983)
Martin Carroll ...
 PE Teacher (2 episodes, 1983)
Nick Corfield ...
 Group member (2 episodes, 1983)
Jim Dunk ...
 Mason (2 episodes, 1983)
John Goodrum ...
 Group member (2 episodes, 1983)
Lauren Hayes ...
 Group member (2 episodes, 1983)
Chris Jury ...
 Benny (2 episodes, 1983)
Diana Kyle ...
 Clare (2 episodes, 1983)
Caroline Lancaster ...
 Careers officer (2 episodes, 1983)
Sidney Livingstone ...
 Mr. Lowther (2 episodes, 1983)
Sarah London ...
 Pauline (2 episodes, 1983)
Ancel McFarlane ...
 Stephen Turner (2 episodes, 1983)
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 Steve (2 episodes, 1983)
Lionel Ngakane ...
 Mr. Casson (2 episodes, 1983)
Janet Palmer ...
 Rose (2 episodes, 1983)
Mark Penfold ...
 Bannerman / ... (2 episodes, 1983)
Peggy Phango ...
 Mrs. Stapleton (2 episodes, 1983)
Martin Philips ...
 Group member (2 episodes, 1983)
Archie Pool ...
 Papa (2 episodes, 1983)
Anthony Powell ...
 Arthur (2 episodes, 1983)
Robert Putt ...
 Barber (2 episodes, 1983)
Earl Rhodes ...
 Jiff (2 episodes, 1983)
Mike Smart ...
 Knight (2 episodes, 1983)
Chris Tummings ...
 Sparrow (2 episodes, 1983)
Paul Vincent ...
 Benson (2 episodes, 1983)
Arthur Whybrow ...
 Mr. Davies / ... (2 episodes, 1983)
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Great Drama, shame BBC haven't released on DVD
9 March 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Johnny Jarvis is the story of a young boy growing up in the early years of Thatcher's Britain, told from the perspective of his "best" friend Alan Lipton. It follows their relationship from its beginnings, when Alan makes it his mission to befriend Johnny, through school, exams and into early adulthood with Jake, Alan's mysterious father, and Stella the purple-haired love interest. Their relationships are set against classic British eighties themes such as unemployment, racism, gang violence, and not least Alan's growing lack of compassion for those around him.

After more than twenty years all I have to sustain my memories of this drama is the paperback novel. I do though remember it fondly and would love to see it again. There were rumours that the BBC accidentally destroyed the original tapes, although I have heard since that many duplicates were used abroad so all episodes are likely safe somewhere.


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