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Old 29-11-2012, 04:18
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Anyone remember this and like it?

I did even though I thought it was filmed in a amateurish way. I found it quite likeable so I was able to over look the way it was filmed.

By the way, I have a question on this. In one of the episodes, where the main character, Peter has a party round his place, he imagines singing to the girl of his dreams and I was wondering was that a real song or one they just made for the programme?

The chorus lyrics went "Its so baby I know,...... I know that I could be so in looovve with you" and I can't remember the rest, but was that a real song and if so what was it called?



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Old 29-11-2012, 10:14
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I have a vague memory of this. Wasn't it based on the books 'Diary of a health freak'?
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Old 29-11-2012, 10:54
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Oh yes, Liza Walker (who played Amanda Jeffs) - I still have dreams about her. Shame she hasn't done much TV lately.
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Old 29-11-2012, 11:08
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It was based on those books, but only pretty loosely. The book was more a genuine 'guide to being a teenager' in fiction format. The TV show kept his name and the fact that he was a teenager. But in the book it was a pretty standard 'boy meets girl' the whole point of the book was to be very relatable, so nothing that unusual happened, it was an 'every boy' going through standard teenage problems. Him being a 'health freak' was just so they could justify shoehorning in lots of facts and figures about being a teenager. Alex would say 'just found all this information from my local doctor' and then you'd have two pages of stats.

Whereas the TV was far more fantastical, with the girl he fancied being a scheming model, the teachers being a bit bonkers etc.
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Old 29-11-2012, 13:57
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I read the books in secondary school and found them great because I was a huge hypochondriac. Didn't know they were also a TV series.
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Old 02-12-2012, 07:40
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It was based on those books, but only pretty loosely. The book was more a genuine 'guide to being a teenager' in fiction format. The TV show kept his name and the fact that he was a teenager. But in the book it was a pretty standard 'boy meets girl' the whole point of the book was to be very relatable, so nothing that unusual happened, it was an 'every boy' going through standard teenage problems. Him being a 'health freak' was just so they could justify shoehorning in lots of facts and figures about being a teenager. Alex would say 'just found all this information from my local doctor' and then you'd have two pages of stats.

Whereas the TV was far more fantastical, with the girl he fancied being a scheming model, the teachers being a bit bonkers etc.
Wasn't the writer the actor that played the dad in the TV programme as well and helped produce or direct it as well? Daniel Peacock?
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Old 02-12-2012, 08:23
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Wasn't the writer the actor that played the dad in the TV programme as well and helped produce or direct it as well? Daniel Peacock?
Yes, it was his project. I almost put that above, but wanted to avoid writing a whole essay! His involvement meant the dad was a bit of a wacky 'cowboy' character. Also had Tony Robinson at first as a teacher.
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Old 02-12-2012, 11:44
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Oh my god I completely forgot about this till you mentioned it! Loved the books too... hey it's on youtube!!
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