Here Come the Double Deckers
was a 17-part British children's TV series from 1970-71 revolving around the adventures of seven children whose den was an old red double-decker London bus
in an unused works (junk) yard.
A co-production between British independent film company Century Films and American TV company 20th Century Fox
, it was a children's comedy adventure sitcom
. The shows (without adverts) were about 21 minutes long.
The programme made its debut on September 12, 1970 at 10:30 am ET in the US on ABC
, and at 4:55 pm on January 1, 1971 in Britain on BBC One
. In the US, the series was rerun on Sunday mornings during the 1971-72 TV season on ABC from September 12, 1971 to September 3, 1972, in the same time slot.The Encyclopedia of Daytime Television
, by Wesley Hyatt (Billboard Books, 1997)
Each week saw the gang in a separate adventure including episodes based around a runaway home made hovercraft
, a chocolate factory and invading 'Martians
' with guns that shot out chocolate candy, a disastrous camping holiday, collecting tin foil for a guide dog
, becoming pop moguls with their protégé 'The Cool Cavalier' and a haunted stately home.
The cast were unknowns apart from Melvyn Hayes
, an established adult actor, and Gillian Bailey
, fairly experienced for a child actor. Bailey is now head of the drama department at Royal Holloway University
. Peter Firth
has gone on to a prominent acting career, appearing in Equus
, The Hunt for Red October