Wednesday, 15 April 2015
138 The Kids From 47A
First watched : Summer 1973
I don't think I saw much of this; I seem to recall tuning in to see if it was like The Tomorrow People when it could hardly have been further removed from sci-fi camp. The Kids From 47A introduced me to the concept of "latch key kids" who didn't have any parents to open the door when they came home from school. The show has basically the same premise as the sixties film Our Mother's House with the youngsters trying to stay together after widowed mum goes to hospital. By the start of the second series she's died. Oldest sister Jess who's just started work has to balance her career aspirations with looking after her younger siblings. The series mixed socially realistic situations with broad comedy and I wouldn't mind betting Shameless creator Paul Abbott caught the odd episode,
Despite the writing team including future TV gods, Phil Redmond and Lynda La Plante, the show , which ran from 1973 to 1975 , seems little celebrated today.