A group of teenager sleuths fight evil.
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1973   1972   1971   1970   1969   1968  

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Series cast summary:
Ronald Leigh-Hunt ...  Colonel Buchan 61 episodes, 1968-1971
Tom Owen ...  Bill Cowan 52 episodes, 1968-1970
Adrian Wright ...  Mike Hobbs / ... 52 episodes, 1970-1972
Wendy Padbury ...  Sue Craig / ... 39 episodes, 1971-1973
Geoffrey Toone ...  Von Gelb 36 episodes, 1968-1969
Christopher Chittell ...  Nick Carter 26 episodes, 1968-1969
Carole Mowlam Carole Mowlam ...  Fiona 26 episodes, 1969-1970
Leonard Gregory Leonard Gregory ...  Steve Walker / ... 26 episodes, 1971-1972
Mary Maude Mary Maude ...  Terry Driver 26 episodes, 1968-1969
Richard Shaw Richard Shaw ...  Ryan / ... 26 episodes, 1971
Michael Ripper ...  Burke / ... 26 episodes, 1971
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A group of teenager sleuths fight evil.

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In later years the Freewheelers drive a yellow Stimson Mini Bug car, registration RPX 885K. Southern Television ordered two Mini Bugs from the manufacturers, the other believed to be a more orange colour. See more »

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Teenage Carnival
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composed by Keith Mansfield
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Great memories of teatime viewing in the early '70s
14 December 2009 | by steverr63See all my reviews

As far as I know, this show was never repeated on UK television after its original run in the late '60s / early '70s, and most episodes are now sadly "missing presumed wiped".

Series 6 from 1971 however still exists in its entirety, and I recently got the chance to watch it all, the best part of 4 decades on.

After rushing home from school, Freewheelers was essential viewing for me and many of my contemporaries back in those halcyon days of flared trousers, Slade and Chicory Tip. And watching it again brought a nostalgic lump to the throat.

Never mind the bad / hammy acting, the unintentionally amusing fight scenes, plot holes wide enough to pilot a large ocean-going yacht through and the "frightfully, frightfully" RADA accents of the lead players.

No - forget all that. Because Freewheelers harks back to a bygone (dare I say "golden") age of kids' TV drama, when the shows were simply about rip-roaring fun and didn't take themselves so seriously. Before they became obsessed with all the angst-laden "ishoos" that today's screenwriters have their young protagonists fret over, such as relationships, pregnancy, drugs, STIs etc.

No doubt if it were "remade for a modern audience" in these days of all-pervasive political correctness, the boss figure would be a black female, one of the young male heroes would be a Muslim, the other would be a white lad confused about his sexuality and the girl would be an all-action go-getter with an IQ off the scale, who'd be forever getting the lads out of scrapes and making them look foolish - in other words a million miles removed from Wendy Padbury's deferential, ankle-spraining washer-upper.

It's a show that's very much "of its time". But is that a bad thing? I for one don't think so.


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Release Date:

4 April 1968 (UK) See more »

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De vrijbuiters See more »

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Southern Television See more »
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Runtime:

(104 episodes)

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Mono

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1.33 : 1
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