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Buddy (TV opening title).jpg
Opening title from the first episode. The subsequent episodes feature Buddy, with his hair cut, in the opening title.
Genre Schools drama
Written by Nigel Hinton
Directed by Roger Tonge
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 1
No. of episodes 5
Producer(s) Roger Tonge
The TV Script of Buddy
Buddy TV script book cover.jpg
The cover of the script which was published as a book.
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Publisher Hinemann
Publication date
May 1987
Media type Print (paperback)
ISBN 978-0-435-23412-6

Buddy (1986) is a BBC schools drama, based on the novel of the same name by Nigel Hinton. It was shown as part of the social studies strand.

It starred Wayne Goddard as Buddy Clark, a teenager dealing with various life problems, Roger Daltrey as his father Terry and pupils from the Cavendish School in Eastbourne.

Daltrey reprised his role in the 1991 film Buddy's Song with Chesney Hawkes as Buddy.


  1. "Raining in My Heart"
  2. "Crying, Waiting, Hoping"
  3. "Blue Suede Shoes"
  4. "That'll Be the Day"
  5. "Everyday It's-A Getting Closer"

Differences from the novel

When Buddy is first seen in school his friends Julius and Charmian are present. In the book they were off with the cold.

When Terry was arrested along with Ralph, Des King turned up then walked away.

When Buddy ran away he went straight to 56 Croxley Street. In the book he spent the first night in a bus shelter out in the countryside.


Actor Role
Wayne Goddard Buddy Clark
Caspar Hayley Young Buddy
Roger Daltrey Terry Clark
Kay Stonham Carol Clark
Norman Bird Mr Normington
Lorraine Plummer Charmian Rybeero
Dennis Victory Julius Rybeero
Ena Cabayo Mrs Rybeero
Lloyd Anderson Mr Rybeero
John Harrington David Siddell
Debra Saunders Emma Groves
Anne Dyson Mrs Soloman
Duncan Preston Ralph Campbell
Trevor Ray Mr King
Virginia Denham Joyce
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