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Dodger, Bonzo and the Rest
Format Drama
Created by Geoffrey Case
Starring Lee Ross, Sophy McCallum, Mark Fletcher, Jenny Jay
Country of origin  United Kingdom
No. of episodes 13
Running time 30 minutes/60 minutes
Original channel Thames Television
Original run 18th February 1985 – 22nd December 1986

Dodger, Bonzo and the Rest was a television drama series which centered around the lives of a large foster family in London. It was aired in the early evenings on the ITV channel's Children's ITV. There were two series of 6 episodes between 1985 and 1986 plus a Christmas Special which aired on 22 December 1986. The Christmas Special was the final episode of the series.

It starred Lee Ross as Dodger, and Sophy McCallum as his sister Bonzo.



The pilot episode was a TV play written by Geoffrey Case for the anthology series Dramarama, which featured a different screenplay each week. Its airing on the Dramarama series gained much popularity and it was commissioned a full series.

Final episode

Possibly the most memorable episode of the series was the final episode, which was the 1986 Christmas Special. It follows Dodger working at a department store and trying hard to rake up some spending money, but while he is happy working in the packing section, his dreams of becoming a valued member of staff are stifled when the new manager Mr. French drags Dodger to Santa's Grotto to replace an elf. Dodger is angered but is quickly convinced when he is told that his wages will be increased.

Meanwhile Lisa is desperate to see her mother for Christmas, but Ronnie has to try and persuade her that seeing her mother again may not be the best thing for her.

Sharon is victim to an abusive boyfriend and Elaine tries to convince her to give her baby a better life.

Popular Demand

Although its run was short, it proved to be a popular series and fans are still requesting that it be released on DVD. As of yet there are no plans for a DVD release in the near future.

Theme Song

The theme song was the highly popular Madness song "Our House". The version of the song used on the show was performed by the young cast members. Another popular song heard in one of the episodes of the series was the Rod Stewart song "Sailing". This was also performed by the cast members at the closing credits of one of the early episodes as the characters sailed along the River Thames in London.

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