An early 70s live-action kids TV show that was shown both in the UK and USA. The show featured a gang of 7 kids whose clubhouse was an old red London double decker bus, sat disused in a junkyard. The show was a British and American co-production, that ran for only 17 episodes, and told the misadventures of the gang. All the child actors were unknown at time, and were joined on the show by well known comedy actor Melvyn Hayes. Hayes who would become best known for his campy role as, Gunner "Gloria" Beaumont, in the mid-70s sitcom It Ain't Half Hot Mum. Hayes played the only regular adult, as a street sweeper who befriended and looks out for the Double Deckers.
Among the child cast of the show, which appeared on the BBC in the UK and ABC in the United States, some went on to success in the entertainment industry. Actress Gillian Bailey, who played Billie, went on to star in the children's TV series Follyfoot. Peter Firth who played Scooper, would find international acclaim in the lead role of the both the theatre production and the movie adaptation of the controversial play Equus. Established child actor Brinsley Forde, who played Spring, would go on to appear in a number movies, and form the British reggae band Aswad.
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Even though the show wasn't a musical based show unlike, The Monkees or The Partridge Family. It did often feature catchy musical numbers. The Double Deckers is well remembered for its happy up-tempo and annoyingly catchy theme tune, that seems still to this day to get stuck in your head after a listen to it. Warning... Listening to the Double Deckers theme tune may result in you humming the bloody thing all day long.