Buddy was a 1986 BBC schools drama, based on the novel of the same name by Nigel Hinton. It was shown as part of the social studies strand.
It starred Wayne Goddard as Buddy Clark, a teenager dealing with various life problems and Roger Daltrey as his father Terry ( a role Daltrey would reprise in the 1991 film Buddy’s Song with Chesney Hawkes as Buddy).
Buddy is a young boy who is often picked on for being poor. He lives with his parents. It all started when Buddy wanted some money for a school trip and he was unable to go on previous school trips because he did not have the money. When his mother told him she did not have any money to give him, Buddy ended up taking the money from her purse. At the end of the day, his mum found the money missing and asks Buddy where he put the money, after revealing that he did take the money, his mum said “Like father, like son”, as his father was previously sent to prison for breaking and entering. Before leaving she added “thief”, and left Buddy crying.
The next day Buddy found out his mum had left.
Four months later, with his mum still missing, he keeps getting called dustman at school often by his teacher and his classmates due to the state of his clothes, the amount of money in his family and also because he is friends with black twins Julius and Charmian who were also picked on.
Meanwhile, Buddy’s dad got a job and worked a nightshift, but he refused to tell Buddy what it was which made him feel suspicious…