Jossy's Giants

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Jossy's Giants
Genre Comedy
Written by Sid Waddell
Directed by Edward Pugh
Starring Jim Barclay
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 2
No. of episodes 10
Production
Running time 25 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel BBC 1
Original run 23 April 1986 – 8 April 1987

Jossy's Giants was a children's footballing comedy drama that ran on BBC1 between 1986 and 1987.[1] The show's plot centred on a boys' football team, the Glipton Giants, and their enthusiastic Geordie manager Joswell 'Jossy' Blair. The show was written by darts commentator and television personality Sid Waddell, himself a native of Newcastle upon Tyne. In total, only ten episodes were made. The Producer/Director Edward Pugh became an Executive Producer and ran Children's Programmes Department at BBC Manchester after the series. The distinctive theme music was written by Mike Amatt. Football scenes were shot at a since demolished Oldham Town FC site off Middleton Road, Chadderton, exterior scenes were shot in and around Stalybridge, and the studio material was shot at BBC Oxford Road.

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Many of the child actors from the series have since left acting, although Jim Barclay, who played Jossy Blair, still appears on British television in such programmes as My Family and Blessed. Julian Walsh, who played Harvey, appears in many TV shows, including Sorted. Walsh was also the face of the Warburton's Bread TV advertising campaign in 2007. He is still acting today and has appeared in notable programmes, such as The Street. Julie Foy, who played Tracey Gaunt, went on to appear in Press Gang and Coronation Street, while Suzanne Hall, who appeared in four episodes as Harvey's girlfriend Opal, has been in Hollyoaks since 2005.

Cast[edit]

Character Played by Notes
Jossy Blair Jim Barclay Profligate manager of the Glipton Grasshoppers and fiance to Glenda Fletcher
Albert Hanson Christopher Burgess Blair's assistant manager and business partner
Tracey Gaunt Julie Foy The Giants' number one fan
Bob Nelson John Judd Jack of all trades and father to Ross
Ross Nelson Mark Gillard Glipton's star turn
Ricky Sweet Paul Kirkbright Captain of the team
Harvey McGuinn Julian Walsh Goalkeeper
Glenn Rix Stuart McGuinness One of two outlandishly coiffured strikers
Ian 'Selly' Sellick Ian Sheppard As above
Wayne Chapman Oliver Orr Club stalwart
Daz Lee Quarmby Bright young thing
Cllr Glenda Fletcher Jenny McCracken Jossy Blair's fiancée

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