10 80s Kids Books That Made Great TV Shows We All Loved!

We all loved these 10 shows when we were kids, there are a few that we all knew were based on books, but did you know all of them were? How many of the books did you read?


1. Jonny Briggsjonnybriggs

onny Briggs is a Children’s BBC kitchen sink realism television programme first broadcast in 1985. It revolves around the exploits of a young boy, the eponymous hero (played by Richard Holian), his pet dog, Razzle, and his eccentric family members: Mam (Jane Lowe) and Dad (Leslie Schofield), older sister Rita (Sue Devaney) and older brothers Albert (Tommy Robinson) and Humph (Humphrey) (Jeremy Austin). Another older sister, Marilyn, is mentioned but never seen. The stories often centre on Jonny’s school life, where he and his best friend Pam are constantly in battle with the dreadful twins Ginny and Josie.

2. Stig of the Dump

Barney is a young boy staying with his grandparents on the chalk Downs of southern England. He is the main character of the book and when he falls over the edge of an old chalk pit close to Barney’s grandparents’ house he tumbles down through the roof of Stig’s den. When he looks round, he encounters Stig, apparently a caveman with shaggy, black hair and bright black eyes. The chalk pit is disused and full of people’s dumped rubbish. Barney and Stig become friends. They have to manage without language, as Stig speaks no English, but that doesn’t seem to stop them. Stig’s den is a place built out of discarded rubbish, that Barney enjoys. They spend time improving Stig’s den, collecting firewood, going hunting, and at one point catch some burglars who break into Barney’s grandparents’ house. Although Barney mentions Stig to others, no-one believes that Stig is real.



3. Huckleberry Finn

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Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (or, in more recent editions, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn) is a novel by Mark Twain, first published in the United Kingdom in December 1884 and in the United States in February 1885. Commonly named among the Great American Novels, the work is among the first in major American literature to be written throughout in vernacular English, characterized by local color regionalism. It is told in the first person by Huckleberry “Huck” Finn, a friend of Tom Sawyer, the narrator of two other Twain novels (Tom Sawyer Abroad and Tom Sawyer, Detective). It is a direct sequel to The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.

4. Heidi


Heidi (German: [ˈhaɪdi]) is a work of children’s fiction published in 1881 by Swiss author Johanna Spyri, originally published in two parts as Heidi: her years of wandering and learning (German: Heidis Lehr- und Wanderjahre) and Heidi : How she used what she learned German: Heidi kann brauchen, was es gelernt hat). It is a novel about the events in the life of a young girl in her grandfather’s care in the Swiss Alps. It was written as a book “for children and those who love children” (as quoted from its subtitle). Heidi is one of the best-selling books ever written and is among the best-known works of Swiss literature