Jonny Briggs

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Jonny Briggs
Format Children's programme, Kitchen sink realism
Starring Richard Holian
Leslie Schofield
Jane Lowe
Sue Devaney
Tommy Robinson
Jeremy Austin
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of episodes 33
Production
Running time 15 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel BBC1

Jonny Briggs is a Children's BBC kitchen sink realism television programme first broadcast in 1985. It revolves around the exploits of a young boy, the eponymous hero (played by Richard Holian), his pet dog, Razzle, and his eccentric family members: Mam (Jane Lowe) and Dad (Leslie Schofield), older sister Rita (Sue Devaney) and older brothers Albert (Tommy Robinson) and Humph (Humphrey) (Jeremy Austin). Another older sister, Marilyn, is mentioned but never seen. The stories often centre on Jonny's school life, where he and his best friend Pam are constantly in battle with the dreadful twins Ginny and Josie.

Previously some of the Jonny Briggs books by Joan Eadington were read on Jackanory. In the books Jonny has two more older sisters - Pat and Sandra. Based on a series of popular children's books by Joan Eadington, the programme is set in Middlesbrough, and was filmed in Bradford.

The theme tune "The Acrobat" composed by J A Greenwood in 1936 is considered synonymous with the series. The piece of music chosen for the programme was recorded by renowned trombonist Colin Buchanan.

Series guide[edit]

  • Series 1 13 editions broadcast 11 November 1985 – 23 December 1985
  • Series 2 20 editions broadcast 10 November 1986 – 20 January 1987

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