Just William (1977 TV series)

Just William is a British television series based on the Just William series of books by Richmal Crompton. It aired for two series, between 1977 and 1978, on ITV. The series starred child actors Adrian Dannatt as William and Bonnie Langford as Violet, as well as established film star Diana Dors as Mrs Bott.

Just William
StarringAdrian Dannatt
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series2
No. of episodes26
Running time30 min.
Production company(s)London Weekend Television
Original release6 February 1977 
22 January 1978



Series One

  1. "William and the Begging Letter"
  2. "William the Great Actor"
  3. "The Outlaws and the Tramp"
  4. "The Sweet Little Girl in White"
  5. "William and the Badminton Racket"
  6. "A Little Interlude"
  7. "William and the Prize Pig"
  8. "William and the Wonderful Present"
  9. "William the Matchmaker"
  10. "Waste Paper Please"
  11. "Only Just in Time"
  12. "William and the Sleeping Major"
  13. "William Clears the Slums"

Series Two

  1. "William's Lucky Day"
  2. "The Great Detective"
  3. "Violet Elizabeth Wins"
  4. "William Holds the Stage"
  5. "William the Philanthropist"
  6. "It All Began with a Typewriter"
  7. "A Rescue Party"
  8. "William Finds a Job"
  9. "Parrots for Ethel"
  10. "William's Worst Christmas"
  11. "William at the Garden Party"
  12. "Two Good Turns"
  13. "Finding a School for William"
  14. "William and the Tramp"


Two annuals based on the series were published by World Distributors (Manchester) Ltd. for 1978 and 1979 (published in late 1977 and 1978 respectively). These consisted mainly of features, games and activities, with picture strip stories also included.

Both series of Just William' have been released on DVD by Network. Series One (released 18 May 2009) and Series Two (released 24 September 2009) are available individually as 2-disc sets, and also packaged together as Just William: The Complete Series


  • Evans, Jeff (2001). The Penguin TV Companion. Harmondsworth, England: Penguin Books. ISBN 0-14-051467-8.
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