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Jossy's Giants
(1986-1987)

TV Series

Country: UK

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Sports

IMDb

Synopsis

Jossy Blair, a former England and Newcastle United youth player forced out of the game by injury, who now runs a struggling independent sports shop, agrees to take over the hapless Glipton Grasshoppers, a youth football team managed by the avuncular Albert Hanson. Renaming them the Glipton Giants he strives to transform the club's fortunes.

Notes

  • Comprising two seasons shown in successive years of 5 episodes each
  • The series was written by celebrated darts commentator Sid Waddell (1940-2012), a Cambridge-educated polymath who hailed from Northumberland in the North East of England and made a career for himself in broadcasting at Granada and Yorkshire Television before moving to the BBC. Whilst at Yorkshire Television he originated The Flaxton Boys (1969-1973).
  • Although the series was filmed in Greater Manchester, it is full of references to the North East. Jossy Blair is a Geordie, the strip the team wear is black and white, and there are cameos in the series from Bryan Robson and Bobby Charlton.

Notable Guest Appearances

  • Kieran O'Brien in episode 1.2-1.3 "Foul Play"/"The Siege of St. James'" 1986
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Cast

  • Jim Barclay
    (Joswell 'Jossy' Blair)
  • Mark Gillard
    (Ross Nelson)
  • Paul Kirkbright
    (Ricky Sweet)
  • Julian Walsh
    (Harvey McGuinn)
  • Stuart McGuinness
    (Glenn Rix)
  • Ian Sheppard
    (Ian 'Selly' Sellick)
  • Oliver Orr
    (Wayne Chapman)
  • Julie Foy
    (Tracey Gaunt)
  • Christopher Burgess
    (Albert Hanson)
  • John Judd
    (Bob Nelson)

BoyActors Reviews

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A fun series, and the main kids are fine actors. Mind you, it contains a surprisingly large amount of feminism - in Season 2, Jossy organises a match between the boys and their girlfriends, and naturally the girls win the match; and although the match has been organised to show how 'out of shape' the lads are, the conclusion drawn is that anything boys can do girls can do better (though to me the sight of girls playing football only confirms how ungainly the latter look when playing the sport, in comparison with boys). The female characters are also, in contrast to the boys, intelligent and omniscient - even Jossy's otherwise slightly dippy love interest. The character of Tracey spends all her time hectoring the boys, which isn't entirely pleasant. Other than this, the show is quite entertaining, though perhaps not something you are likely to feel the need to watch more than once. One never really gets a sense of the team's progress, of their struggling gradually to success from match to match. Episodes tend to concentrate on something tangential to the team's career, such as Jossy's gambling habit or the boys being distracted from football by their girlfriends.

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