Between 1962 and 1963, Dennis Waterman portrayed Just William.
William was a BBC television series based on Richmal Crompton’s Just William series of books. From 1962 to 1963, it was shown in two series. There were a total of 12 episodes, each lasting half an hour.
The BBC was thought to have deleted all episodes, however the British Film Institute stated in 2016 that it had retrieved the second episode of the first series, William And The Leopard Hunter. The comedy’s remaining eleven episodes were all classified as missing.
Waterman was best known for his tough-guy leading roles in television series including The Sweeney, Minder and New Tricks, singing the theme tune of the latter two.
Waterman’s acting career spanned 60 years, starting with his childhood roles in film and theatre, and his adult roles in film, television, and West End theatre.
He was known for the range of roles he played, including drama (Up the Junction), horror (Scars of Dracula), adventure (Colditz), comedy (Fair Exchange), comedy-drama (Minder), musical (Windy City) and sports (The World Cup: A Captain’s Tale), as well as police TV series such as The Sweeney.
He appeared in 29 films, the last being released in 2020.