Billy Webb is a young boy who likes to swap things with his school mates. He meets Alfonso Bonzo, an "Italian exchange student" who also has a talent for swapping things (thus his ... See full summary »
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Scott Riley ...
 Billy Webb (6 episodes, 1990)
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 Alfonso Bonzo (6 episodes, 1990)
Mike Walling ...
 Trevor Trotman (6 episodes, 1990)
Susan Porrett ...
 Mrs. Webb (6 episodes, 1990)
Fleur Taylor ...
 Linda Webb (6 episodes, 1990)
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 Mr. Webb (5 episodes, 1990)
Lisa O'Connell ...
 June Barnacle (4 episodes, 1990)
Bina Masad ...
 Pritti Shah (4 episodes, 1990)
Raymond Butcher ...
 Nigel Creamer (4 episodes, 1990)
Gil Brailey ...
 Mrs. Peasgood (3 episodes, 1990)
Rory McNicholl ...
 Scott Barnacle (3 episodes, 1990)
Phyllis Osie ...
 Annette Osoba (3 episodes, 1990)
Dwaine Foster ...
 Darnell Masuda (3 episodes, 1990)
Bryan Pringle ...
 Mr. Hardwood (3 episodes, 1990)
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Billy Webb is a young boy who likes to swap things with his school mates. He meets Alfonso Bonzo, an "Italian exchange student" who also has a talent for swapping things (thus his self-description: he is an Italian student who exchanges things). Alfonso offers Billy a variety of temporary swaps to demonstrate his abilities: Billy's boring old dog for a greyhound that does ballet, the wonky Webb family television for a new model with a button that lets the viewer become part of the action, Billy's battered schoolbag full of unfinished homework for a brand new schoolbag containing a file folder that magically produces finished homework... but each swap has disadvantages as well as advantages, and Alfonso Bonzo cuts an increasingly sinister figure as he leads up to one last swap, this one for keeps. The TV series later had a spinoff called Billy Webb's Amazing Stories, featuring Billy's further (non-Alfonso-related) adventures. Written by Mike Holmes

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Followed by Billy Webb's Amazing Story (1991) See more »

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Loved it!
19 April 2006 | by (England, UK) – See all my reviews

This was a great show. I remember watching this on CBBC after school. The actor Mike Walling (now in Coronation St as Roy Cropper's nerdy friend) was in it and I think he played Billy Webb's father. He was in hospital with his leg in plaster and would be sat alongside a different person each episode. He would be telling the other person the adventures of Billy Webb and Alfonso Bonzo and we would see the action as told through his story. At the end of each episode, the 'other' would always ask a question "but what happened to the ...?", for example, and the reply would always be " I WAS JUST COMING TO THAT" and in that moment it would end, a cliff-hanger for the next episode. Mystical, magical, unusual and captivating, not to mention boasting a brilliant theme tune (available online). This should be repeated.


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