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UK, ITV (Granada), Children's sitcom, colour, 1999
Starring: Christian Cooke, Stefan Podolchuk, Heston Aniteye

Wilmot Tanner is an excitable pre-teen who gets into all manner of scrapes when his fantasy-fuelled schemes go awry. Many times it is a conversation with doddery next-door neighbour Mr Ronson which sparks Wilmot's potty plans, but, irrespective of their origin, he is aided by his best friend, the impressionable Martin, and opposed by his big brother Terry, himself something of a schemer. The innocent victims of the chaos are the brothers' parents, and the mess is usually witnessed with wry amusement by another neighbour, the somewhat lofty young girl Amber Watts (who has a secret crush on Terry), and by her taciturn friend Edith.

A sparky and likeable show that didn't patronise its young audience. Veteran sitcom writer Alex Shearer created the lead character for a book, Wilmot And Chips.

Christian Cooke - Wilmot Tanner
Stefan Podolchuk - Terry
Heston Aniteye - Martin
Carole Copeland - Mrs Tanner
Stefan Escreet - Mr Tanner
Alan Rothwell - Mr Ronson
Katie Ferguson - Amber Watts
Katie Hodgson - Edith

Alex Shearer - Creator / Writer
John Smith - Director / Producer
Patrick Titley - Executive Producer
Transmission Details
Number of episodes: 13 Length: 30 mins
Series One (6) 5 May-9 June 1999 � Wed mostly 4.05pm
Series Two (7) 21 Sep-2 Nov 2000 � Thu 4.35pm
Review by Mark Lewisohn.
Reviews supplied by Radio Times 2003 BBC Worldwide - used under licence from BBC Worldwide.

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