The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 3/4

Season 1 Episode 1

Pilot Episode

Aired Unknown Sep 16, 1985 on ITV
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Pilot Episode
Adrian Mole is thirteen and three quarter years old and has what he considers a very difficult life. His is, in his own mind, an undiscovered intellectual who enjoys writing poetry and reading classic literature. He feels himself to be surrounded by Phillistines with little or no brains, most particularly his mother, Pauline. His father, George, is fond of old Jim Reeves records and is a very heavy smoker and quite a heavy drinker (in Adrian's opinion). In this first episode, Adrian has to suffer as he watches his parents' marriahe slowly disintegrate and his mother fall for Mr. Lucas from next door whose wife has just left him for another woman. It is soon clear that Pauline and Mr. Lucas are having a torrid affair but it seems that Adrian and his father are the only ones not to know about it. Ah well, at least he has the support of his best friend, Nigel, a grumpy old pensioner named Bert Baxter and the beautiful Pandora Braithwaite, a new girl at school with whom he thinks he might falls in love, after all, he is nearly fourteen so he feels it's high time that he did.moreless

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  • It's pretty tough being aged 13 and 3/4, having troublesome parents, a spotty skin and a grumpy old-aged pensioner to look after. Just ask Adrian Mole!

    Adrian doesn't have what he considers to be a very easy life in the English Midlands. He lives with his mother, father and the Dog and things can and do get very trying for him on a regular basis.

    In this first episode, Adrian is dismayed to discover that he has spots on his chin for the first day of the new year. As if that isn't bad enough, the dog has run off after knocking the meter reader off his bucycle and he has to lock the poor thing in the coal shed when the police bring it home. To topit all off, he is convinced that his parents don't understand him and that he has a highly inadequate diet.

    His best friend, Nigel, seems to having egverything; a brand new racing bike and all the comforts of home. This just makes Adrian feel worse.

    When Mr. and Mrs. Lucas who live next door end up separating, he just can't understand why his mother finds it necessary to comfort Mr. Lucas so much. Imagine his surprise then when he learns from Nigel that Mr. Lucas and his mother have been having an affair for ages! Bert Baxter, the old-aged pensioner whom Adrian takes care of is no help and the only bright star on poor Adrian's personal horizon is the new girl at school, Pandora Braithwaite, whom he thinks just might be the perfect girl for him.

    This series is based on Sue Townsend's hilarious best-selling book series and it isn't to be missed, particularly by those who were young in the mid 80s.

    Top television!moreless
Louise Jameson

Louise Jameson

Tania Braithwaite

Recurring Role

Freddie Jones

Freddie Jones

Mr. Scruton

Recurring Role

Bill Wallis

Bill Wallis

Dr. Gray

Recurring Role

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