Just William (1970s TV series)

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Just William
Starring Adrian Dannatt
Original language(s) English
No. of series 2
No. of episodes 26
Running time 30 min. each
Production company(s) London Weekend Television
Original release 6 February 1977 – 22 January 1978

Just William was an ITV television series based on the Just William series of books by Richmal Crompton. It ran for two series between 1977 and 1978. The series starred child actors Adrian Dannatt and Bonnie Langford as well as established film star Diana Dors.


Character Actor
William Brown Adrian Dannatt
Mr Brown Hugh Cross
Mrs Brown Diana Fairfax
Ethel Brown Stacy Dorning
Robert Brown Simon Chandler
Violet Elizabeth Bott Bonnie Langford
Ginger Michael McVey
Henry Craig McFarlane
Douglas Tim Rose
Mr Bott John Stratton
Mrs Bott Diana Dors


Series One[edit]

  1. William and the Begging Letter
  2. William the Great Actor
  3. The Outlaws and the Tramp
  4. The Sweetest Little Girl in White
  5. William and the Badminton Racket
  6. A Little Interlude
  7. William and the Prize Pig
  8. William and the Wonderful Present
  9. William the Matchmaker
  10. Waste Paper Wanted
  11. Only Just in Time
  12. William and the Sleeping Major
  13. William clears the Slums

Series Two[edit]

  1. William's Lucky Day
  2. The Great Detective
  3. Violet Elizabeth Wins
  4. William Holds the Stage
  5. William the Philanthropist
  6. It All Began with a Typewriter
  7. A Rescue Party
  8. William Finds a Job
  9. Parrots for Ethel
  10. William's Worst Christmas
  11. William at the Garden Party
  12. Two Good Turns
  13. Finding a School for William
  14. William and the Tramp


Two annuals based on the series were published by World Distributors (Manchester) Ltd. for 1978 and 1979 (published in late 1977 and 1978 respectively). These consisted mainly of features, games and activities, with picture strip stories also included.

All episodes of both series of Just William – including the 1977 special William's Worst Christmas – have been released on DVD by Network. Series One (released 18 May 2009) and Series Two (released 24 September 2009) are available individually as 2-disc sets, and also packaged together as Just William: The Complete Series


  • Evans, Jeff (2001). The Penguin TV Companion. Harmondsworth, England: Penguin Books. ISBN 0-14-051467-8. 

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