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The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13¾ 

The misadventures of a nerdish teenage boy as recorded in his personal diary.








Series cast summary:
Gian Sammarco Gian Sammarco ...  Adrian Mole 6 episodes, 1985
Stephen Moore ...  George Mole 6 episodes, 1985
Bill Fraser Bill Fraser ...  Bert Baxter 6 episodes, 1985
Lindsey Stagg Lindsey Stagg ...  Pandora Braithwaite 6 episodes, 1985
Steven Mackintosh ...  Nigel Partridge 6 episodes, 1985
Julie Walters ...  Pauline Mole 5 episodes, 1985
Beryl Reid ...  May Mole 5 episodes, 1985
Freddie Jones ...  Mr. Scruton 4 episodes, 1985
Chris Gascoyne ...  Barry Kent 4 episodes, 1985
Louise Jameson ...  Tania Braithwaite 3 episodes, 1985
Robin Herford Robin Herford ...  Ivan Braithwaite 3 episodes, 1985
Mary Maddox Mary Maddox ...  Ms Fossington-Gore 3 episodes, 1985
Ahmed Khalil Ahmed Khalil ...  Mr. Singh 3 episodes, 1985
Brenda Cowling Brenda Cowling ...  Matron 3 episodes, 1985
Paul Greenwood Paul Greenwood ...  Mr. Lucas 2 episodes, 1985
Doris Hare ...  Queenie Baxter 2 episodes, 1985
Su Elliot Su Elliot ...  Doreen Slater 2 episodes, 1985
Bill Wallis Bill Wallis ...  Dr. Gray 2 episodes, 1985
Meera Syal ...  Mrs. Singh 2 episodes, 1985
Nikki Brooks ...  Claire Neilson 2 episodes, 1985
Walter McMonagle Walter McMonagle ...  Mr. O'Leary 2 episodes, 1985
Maggie Shevlin Maggie Shevlin ...  Mrs. O'Leary 2 episodes, 1985
Jeremy Austin Jeremy Austin ...  Craig Thomas 2 episodes, 1985
Anthony Watson Anthony Watson ...  Maxwell Slater 2 episodes, 1985
Gladis Robinson Gladis Robinson ...  Old Lady 2 episodes, 1985


Poor Adrian Mole (Gian Sammarco) has a lot on his plate. His parents are perpetually on the verge of divorce, he volunteers to help the aged and gets stuck with a revolting old man who treats him like a servant. He thinks he's an intellectual, but still can't manage to do very well at school, the girl he liked starts going out with his best friend and the only person who seems to be on his side is his mad old grandma. Written by Roseanne Hodge <rosie@ihug.co.nz>

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Comedy | Family


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The series takes place from January 1, 1981 to April 3, 1982. See more »


When Adrian and his dad are shopping in 1981 Leicester, an advert for the Beaumont Leys Shopping Centre can be seen. This centre was not built until 1984. See more »


Adrian Mole: It'll be really good to have her back. Love is the only thing that keeps me sane.
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Followed by The Growing Pains of Adrian Mole (1987) See more »


Profoundly In Love With Pandora
Composed and performed by Ian Dury and Chaz Jankel
[series theme tune]
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How to make a classic TV show
27 January 2000 | by TheEdge76See all my reviews

I clearly remember this when it was on TV here in NZ (about 1987). This is an amazing piece of TV history. I was only at primary school, but everyone I knew was talking about this nonstop! Some years later I remembered it and purchased all the books, managed to find a copy of The Secret Diary (first series) and watched again. It is amazing how close they were to the book, in some cases almost word-for-word.

All in all an excellent series, that follows the novels very closely, and makes the characters behind the words seem much more life-like and real (the actor they chose for Adrian was almost exactly like I imagined him to be!)

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Release Date:

16 September 1985 (UK) See more »

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A 13 és 3/4 éves Adrian Mole titkos naplója See more »

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Thames Television See more »
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1.33 : 1
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