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Release Date:
15 January 2006 (UK) See more »
If you could go back in time, could you change history?
Based on the book by Terry Pratchett, the adventure begins for thirteen-year-old Johnny Maxwell and... See more »
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1 win & 2 nominations See more »
Revisiting Terry Pratchett's Johnny Maxwell books
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Solid adaptation See more (4 total) »


 (Series Cast Summary - 23 of 26)

George MacKay ... Johnny Maxwell (3 episodes, 2006)

Lucien Laviscount ... Yo-Less (3 episodes, 2006)
Jazmine Franks ... Kirsty (3 episodes, 2006)
Kyle Herbert ... Wobbler (3 episodes, 2006)
Anthony Bowers ... PC Gallagher (3 episodes, 2006)

Scott Kay ... Bigmac (3 episodes, 2006)
Samantha Seager ... Carol Maxwell (3 episodes, 2006)
Roy Brandon ... Home Guard (3 episodes, 2006)

Holliday Grainger ... Rose Bushell (3 episodes, 2006)

Frank Finlay ... Tom Maxwell (3 episodes, 2006)

William Beck ... Dr. Harris (3 episodes, 2006)

Paul Copley ... Sgt Bourke (3 episodes, 2006)
John Axon ... Stage Manager (2 episodes, 2006)
Howard Gay ... Hickson (2 episodes, 2006)
Keith Barron ... Sir Walter (2 episodes, 2006)

Zoë Wanamaker ... Mrs. Tachyon (2 episodes, 2006)
Beatrice Kelley ... Mrs. Wilkinson (2 episodes, 2006)
John Henshaw ... Councillor Seeley (2 episodes, 2006)
Felicity Montagu ... Mildred Seeley (2 episodes, 2006)

Matthew Beard ... Young Tom Maxwell (2 episodes, 2006)
Sally Sheridan ... Staff Nurse (2 episodes, 2006)

Siobhan Finneran ... Mrs. Bushell (2 episodes, 2006)
Patrick Connolly ... PC Collingwood (2 episodes, 2006)

Series Directed by
Dermot Boyd (3 episodes, 2006)
Series Writing credits
Terry Pratchett (3 episodes, 2006)
Peter Tabern (3 episodes, 2006)

Series Produced by
Anne Boyd .... line producer (3 episodes, 2006)
Jon East .... executive producer: BBC (3 episodes, 2006)
Peter Tabern .... producer (3 episodes, 2006)
Series Original Music by
Debbie Wiseman (3 episodes, 2006)
Series Cinematography by
Nick Dance (3 episodes, 2006)
Series Film Editing by
Jamie Trevill (2 episodes, 2006)
Series Casting by
Suzanne Smith (3 episodes, 2006)

Michelle Smith (unknown episodes)
Series Production Design by
Jason Carlin (3 episodes, 2006)
Series Art Direction by
Paul Drake (3 episodes, 2006)
Series Costume Design by
Jakki Winfield (3 episodes, 2006)
Series Makeup Department
Sallie Adams .... hair designer / makeup artist (3 episodes, 2006)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Alex Gibb .... first assistant director (3 episodes, 2006)
Roger Thomas .... second assistant director (3 episodes, 2006)
Series Art Department
Dave Feeney .... construction manager (3 episodes, 2006)
Paul Jones .... carpenter (3 episodes, 2006)
Debbie Moles .... production buyer (3 episodes, 2006)
Steve Parnell .... property master (3 episodes, 2006)
Dave Tremlett .... scenic artist (3 episodes, 2006)

Rebecca Moles .... production buyer (unknown episodes)
Series Sound Department
Philip Clements .... sound trainee (3 episodes, 2006)
Mervyn Gerrard .... sound recordist (3 episodes, 2006)
Miriam Ludbrook .... dialogue editor (3 episodes, 2006)
Adam Margetts .... sound assistant (3 episodes, 2006)
Zak Melemendjian .... dialogue editor (3 episodes, 2006)
Emma Pegram .... dubbing assistant (3 episodes, 2006)
Jeremy Price .... dubbing editor (3 episodes, 2006)
Andrew Stirk .... dubbing mixer (3 episodes, 2006)
Philip Meehan .... foley artist (2 episodes, 2006)
Series Visual Effects by
Martin Ashford .... titles design & digital effects (3 episodes, 2006)
Leigh Wimpory .... titles design & digital effects (3 episodes, 2006)
Series Stunts
Michael Byrch .... stunt performer (3 episodes, 2006)
Trevor Steedman .... stunt coordinator (3 episodes, 2006)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Andrew Banwell .... focus puller (3 episodes, 2006)
Matthew Budd .... grip (3 episodes, 2006)
Gail Jenkinson .... camera trainee (3 episodes, 2006)
Peter Marshall .... best boy (3 episodes, 2006)
Ben Oliver .... clapper loader (3 episodes, 2006)
Alex Scott .... gaffer (3 episodes, 2006)

Ben Philpott .... cinematographer: special effects (unknown episodes)
Christopher J. Reynolds .... daily focus puller (unknown episodes)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
John Dunn .... costume supervisor (unknown episodes)
Series Editorial Department
Rebecca Nazareth .... post-production coordinator (3 episodes, 2006)
Jamie Wilkinson .... colorist (3 episodes, 2006)

Marc Eskenazi .... on-line editor (unknown episodes)
Series Location Management
Chris Hill .... location manager (3 episodes, 2006)
Series Other crew
Jane Jackson .... script supervisor (3 episodes, 2006)
Gill Lester .... production accountant (3 episodes, 2006)
Rebecca Pope .... production coordinator (3 episodes, 2006)
Crew believed to be complete

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120 min (3 parts)
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Matthew Beard, who portrays Young Tom Maxwell also portrayed the main character Tom in 'An Angel for May (2002)', a movie very similar to this one. Tom was a modern boy who found himself going back in time to England during World War II.See more »
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25 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
Solid adaptation, 7 May 2006
Author: Mel J from Dundee, Scotland

'Johnny and the Bomb' is the perfect example of the BBC actually using our licence fee money to produce excellent entertainment instead of squandering it on dreary soaps and repetitive music competitions.

This television teen drama, based on Terry Pratchett's novel, centres the whirl-wind adventure thirteen-year-old Johnny and his friends are drawn into when they help a seemingly homeless old woman Mrs Tachyon. They discover her trolley of bin bags contain not rubbish but a means of travelling back in time and they soon find themselves reliving the Blitz, circa 1941. However, by messing with the timeline, the children are forced to face the repercussions when they return to their own time and find out they changed history, resulting in Johnny's grandmother being killed as a teenage girl in a German bombing. The gang have to put things right otherwise they will have created a future where Johnny had never been born.

The characters are all solid and engaging (and unlike the recent 'Harry Potter' adaptations, there is no dumbing down or sexing up of the young characters just to appeal to kiddies), remaining true to how they are in the book, with the child actors throwing themselves into their characters. The kids all deliver great performances despite the fact they are all relatively new to the acting scene. And Zoe Wannamaker is excellent as the scatter-brained, eccentric Mrs Tachyon.

'Johnny and the Bomb' is a nice mix of science fiction, light fantasy, drama with a smidgen of romance. It doesn't just show the kids prancing about having a good time in the Forties but deals with how they cope with this unfamiliar time, touching on racial and sexual stereotypes the kids have never really come across before. As such, while it is aimed at teenagers primarily, adults who are fans of Pratchett novels or just like sci-fi/lite-fantasy will no doubt thoroughly enjoy this. As an adaptation, I think it is certainly a success. Obviously there are some changes from the novel but, for the most part, it has remained faithful and definitely maintains the essence of what made the book a great read.

I only hope the BBC make more dramas of this vein as it is definitely more entertaining than the usual drivel you tend to find it airing. Dramas, be it those aimed at kids or adults, are the BBC's strong point and it is a shame they don't produce more as 'Johnny and the Bomb' is probably one of the best British shows I've seen this year. It would be nice to have this available on DVD at some point soon.

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