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Mark Farmer ...  Johnny Jarvis 6 episodes, 1983
Ian Sears ...  Alan Lipton 6 episodes, 1983
...  Paul Turner 6 episodes, 1983
...  Manning 6 episodes, 1983
Catherine Harding ...  Mrs. Jarvis 6 episodes, 1983
Maurice Colbourne ...  Jake 6 episodes, 1983
Johanna Hargreaves ...  Stella 5 episodes, 1983
Diana Davies ...  Mrs. Lipton 6 episodes, 1983
Nick Stringer ...  The Colonel 6 episodes, 1983
...  Kenny 5 episodes, 1983
Nadia Cattouse ...  Mrs. Turner 4 episodes, 1983
Neil Cunningham ...  Rev. David Sales 4 episodes, 1983
...  Spud 4 episodes, 1983
Gary Shail ...  Guy 4 episodes, 1983
Tommy Eytle ...  Mr. Turner 3 episodes, 1983
...  Mr. Jarvis 3 episodes, 1983
Ancel McFarlane ...  Stephen Turner 2 episodes, 1983
Sarah London ...  Pauline 2 episodes, 1983
...  Group member 2 episodes, 1983
Vincent Allen ...  Mick 2 episodes, 1983
Toby Arnold ...  Group member 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
...  Benny 2 episodes, 1983
Diana Kyle ...  Clare 2 episodes, 1983
Caroline Lancaster ...  Careers officer 2 episodes, 1983
Sidney Livingstone ...  Mr. Lowther 2 episodes, 1983
...  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
...  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
Sonya Saul ...  Sharon Turner 1 episode, 1983
...  Ranjit 1 episode, 1983
Bill Bingham ...  TV Interviewer 1 episode, 1983
Karen Bowen ...  Sarah 1 episode, 1983
...  Sidney 2 episodes, 1983
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In Hackney in 1977, Johnny Jarvis and Alan Lipton become unlikely friends in their final year at school: Jarvis is the class clown, a popular lad with a talent for welding, while Lipton is a bookish dreamer who spends his time fabricating impressive exploits, pondering the future and fantasising about the father he's never met. As they leave school and anxiously embark on an uncertain future, can their friendship survive? Written by GusF

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Mark Farmer (Johnny Jarvis), Ian Sears (Alan Lipton), Alrick Riley (Paul Turner), Catherine Harding (Mrs. Jarvis) and Maurice Colbourne (Jake Lipton) are the only actors to appear in all six episodes of the series. See more »

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Great Drama, shame BBC haven't released on DVD
9 March 2005 | by 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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