Johnny and the Bomb (BBC-1 2006, George Mackay, Frank Finlay)

In three part children’s scifi drama Johnny and the Bomb, Johnny Maxwell comes into the possession of a bag-lady’s shopping trolley stuffed with bin bags which she says are “bags of time”.

When activated the trolley takes Johnny and his friends back in time to wartime Blackbury on the eve of the only German bomb drop on that small Pennine town – but when they return to the present something has gone wrong and they find that history has been changed so that Johnny was never born and they have to return to the past to fix whatever it is they changed.

George MacKay as Johnny Maxwell
Lucien Laviscount as Yo-Less
Jazmine Franks as Kirsty
Kyle Herbert as Wobbler
Anthony Bowers as PC Gallagher
Scott Kay as Bigmac
Samantha Seager as Carol Maxwell
Roy Brandon as Home Guard
Holliday Grainger as Rose Bushell
Frank Finlay as Tom Maxwell
William Beck as Dr. Harris
Paul Copley as Sgt Bourke
John Axon as Stage Manager
Howard Gay as Hickson
Keith Barron as Sir Walter
Zoë Wanamaker as Mrs. Tachyon
Beatrice Kelley as Mrs. Wilkinson
John Henshaw as Councillor Seeley
Felicity Montagu as Mildred Seeley
Matthew Beard as Young Tom Maxwell
Sally Sheridan as Staff Nurse
Siobhan Finneran as Mrs. Bushell
Patrick Connolly as PC Collingwood

crew details
Writer and Producer: Peter Tabern
Novel: Terry Pratchett
Director: Dermot Boyd

production details
Country: UK
Network: BBC One – Child’s Play
Duration: 3×40 minute episodes
Aired From: 15 January 2006

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