Little Gems - Junket 89
Junket 89 was another brilliant piece of filming from the late Children's Film foundation. As I said in The Adventures of HAL-5, the CFF company was wound up long ago in 1981. Sad to think of all the great films that came out of that little film production company, but nice to see so many young actors who went on to become much bigger stars. The film Junket 89 is no exception, since it starred a young Richard Wilson (I saw him the other week in an original black and white Dr. Finlay's Casebook - shows how long he has been in the business), Linda Robson & Pauline Quirke (first acting roles in a film and later found fame in "Birds of a Feather"). In my opinion, the real star of Junket 89 is Christopher Benjamin who has been the backbone of countless British dramas, science fiction, childrens and comedy programs throughout the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s and 2000s. His familiar face has been seen in the following television and films:
The 1992 BBC television series "A Likely Lad", (coming soon to Little Gems) in which he played Harold Sowter, The Tomorrow People, Doctor Who, Ace of Wands
The films Cyrano de Bergerac (1985) & Ring of Bright Water (1969)
Blott on the Landscape, The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, Dick Turpin, When the Boat Comes In, Poldark, The Forsyte Saga, Campion, Yes, Prime Minister, Hadleigh. Thriller (to be released in November, fingers crossed), The Avengers, The Prisoner, The Saint, Special Branch, Upstairs, Downstairs, Van der Valk, Rich Man, Poor Man, The Protectors, The Return of Sherlock Holmes, Minder, Shoestring, The Sandbaggers to name a few.
Junket 89 lasted approximately 57 mins or so and was released in 1970 - still looking for which channel it was first shown on.
Just in case anyone was wondering where the film name came from, the image below of Junket's locker should help explain.
Science Master Mr. Potter
O'Fred (Junket's best friend)
Boston (trouble maker but a bit slow)
Burns (trouble maker and leader)
Daisy (character hasn't changed in thirty years)
Molly (same with this one)
Thomas Trowser-Legge (nickname Boofles)
Sprocket the Butler
Brigitte the Maid
More School Children
Even more School Children
If anyone recognises themselves or was part of the production team and would like to add to the file, I would love to hear from you.
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|The Anna Scher Children's Theatre in Islington
|Sir Gary Sobers
|Story and Screenplay
|Peter K. Smith
|Carole K. Smith
|Made by Balfour Films for
|The Childrens Film Foundation Ltd.
|On Location in:
|London, Middlesex and Dorset
|Recorded at :
|Cine-Lingaul Studios Ltd., London, England
|Copyright Children's Film Ltd. Foundation 1970