Billy Bunter of Greyfriars School by Frank Richards. Published by Charles Skilton September (Reprinted , and ). Illustrated by. It was only when I came to think about this idea of a book of a lifetime that I remembered Billy Bunter and how he has quietly stayed with me. At a time when young children were enthralled by Andy Pandy, their older siblings were tucking into the adventures of Billy Bunter of Greyfriars School.

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Fans of Enid Blyton school stories – do you remember Alma Pudden? Its quite difficult to make a story compelling with a main character like that but this schokl it work. They seem to be having unlimited number of terms in the Upper Fourth of the Remove. Full Cast and Crew.

Bad at school work. Prout thinks that his obtuse and sometimes violent pupil, Coker, has committed the dastardly deed and has him marked for expulsion from Greyfriars Lists with This Book. As it was broadcast live on TV, the 4 bits of film inserted into it meant valuable time for re-positioning etc! Hamilton also wrote all of the scripts for the television show. Jonah Barrington, radio critic of the Sunday Chronicle provided the doubled-edged observation that Bunter was the greatest TV character since Muffin the Mule.

Want to Read saving…. Until paper shortages had forced the closure of The Magnet, Hamilton had been writing long, cover-to-cover stories. Billy Bunter of Greyfriars School Title page from the first edition.

The format of the books was slightly different of course. The survivors are the complete third series six episodesand three isolated subsequent episodes, one from each of the final three seasons, preserved under the BBC library’s policy at the time of retaining one programme from a season as an example.

A precursor to Enid Blyton’s five find-outers, Billy Bunters’s boarding school experience was light and funny, unlike scyool modern day Harry Potter. For example there’s an Indian student Hurree Jamset Ram Singh who clearly was a geyfriars inspiration for Navjot Singh Sidhu, with his mangled English and mixed metaphors.

But from the three I have reads, I am guessing you will get to know them all well by the time you are through a dozen books. Smithy, the Famous Five, Horace Coker; all are present.


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Nov 12, Kavita rated it really liked it Shelves: Gerald Campion’s last ever broadcast in the role of Billy Bunter occurred in Julyas part of a BBC Radio 4 series of spoof documentaries examining the careers of famous fictional characters, entitled Whatever Happened To Instead of sending Mr Bunter a very bad report on his son, Quelch is able to give a very good one.

Ziztine rated it it was amazing May 06, The first in the Billy Bunter series Billy Bunter of Greyfriars School is a hilarious account of a most unlikable boy and his adventures in school. Known actors are listed for each series. Thanks for telling us about the greyfriarss. A search on Google video should unearth them. During the s, the majority of titles were reprinted in facsimile format, including hard covers, by Hawk Billg.

But it has grown on me over the 3 books and I am so happy there are so many in this series still unread. Nov 01, Simon rated it it was ok. Then we have the Bounder, the arrogant bily of a rich man, who smokes, read pinks papers and breaks rule.

The search for a suitable actor received wide newspaper coverage, with the Daily Mirror covering the auditions both on its front page and in columnist Ian Mackey’s ‘diary’. For some reason Quelch has described Bunter as poor in class, slack at games, untruthful, and a pilferer of tuck. Damon rated it really liked it Apr 23, The addictive magic; the appeal of Frank Richards does not, any more than that of Chesterton, or Conan-Doyle, rely on novel or complex plots.

Some audio-only recordings also exist, in private hands. Despite all bad qualities there is an inherent goodness in him, which pulls him out of trouble in the end in every book.

In Maythe BBC Children’s Department made public its plans to screen a series of half-hour television shows featuring Billy Bunter as the principal character. David rated it did not like it Jul og, Pages to import images to Wikidata All stub articles.

Billy Bunter of Greyfriars School

The preview clips are not brilliant quality but free to download! The Daily Telegraph and Reynolds News were among other newspapers that also provided prominent coverage. I had read only one Billy Bunter story before – in my teens – when I had found a dog-eared copy of “Billy Bunter comes for Christmas” at a local raddiwala.


In the cshool two years of Hamilton’s life, the show’s final producer, Clive Parkhurst, embarked on a policy of remaking the earliest scripts on a wholesale basis, and ultimately abandoned the school setting entirely: Young Melvyn Hayes played Bi,ly to the life, and yet it seemed that all of his later roles were nice guys. You’re either an all-out fan of the exploits of schoolboys Billy Bunter, Tom Merry, Jimmy Silver etc from the imagination of Frank Gfeyfriars Charles Hamilton as I am, or you won’t hope to understand the attraction at all.

The character is one-note, a product of his era, where nuance and greyfrlars in children’s books bnter not known and is a stereotype for fat kids The Billy Bunter stories have not aged well.

Billy Bunter of Greyfair is the first book in the series – the third for me. And often there is not reference in the latter books to any events in the earlier books. I finally managed to find a place to download them, and am really glad I did so!

Basically a one-dimensional re-tread of a three-dimensional Richards story – Billy gets fed up at school and temporarily swaps places with his identical cousin Wally who’s been staying nearby.

Books by Frank Richards.

You can also search the Pathe news site for a short promo on Billy Bunter featuring Charles Hamilton, and footage of people auditioning for one of the Bunter stage shows. Accordingly, its first producer was Joy Harrington, who had also produced an adaptation of Richmal Crompton ‘s Just William stories, and of Robert Louis Stevenson ‘s childrens’ novel Treasure Islandamong other children’s shows.

If only the threat of ‘six of the best’ could be used today maybe we would have a more respe Well a good book and an excellent writer of the times.