About this title


Based on the book by Terry Pratchett, the adventure begins for thirteen-year-old Johnny Maxwell and his four friends when they come to the aid of eccentric homeless woman, Mrs Tachyon, and are left minding her trolley full of black bags while she is hospitalised. When the children later visit her in hospital, Mrs Tachyon lets them into the secret that her black bags-- or 'Bags of Time-- are special and can be used to create a gateway to the past. The five youngsters end up during the Blitz where fun and games turn serious when they quickly realise the prejudices of the era. But when they return to their own time, the gang discover they have somehow changed history as a result Johnny's grandmother died in a bombing as a teenage girl meaning Johnny's mother and, in turn, himself were never born. The children are now in a race to fix the path in order to save the future but can they succeed before the bombs start falling...?

Country: United Kingdom

Type: scripted

Status: Ended

Language: English

Release Date: January 15, 2006

Also Known As: Johnny and the Bomb, Terry Pratchett's Johnny and the Bomb


Company Credits

Production Co: Childsplay Productions, British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)

CastSee full cast »

Beatrice Kelley
as Mrs. Wilkinson
John Axon
as Stage Manager
John Henshaw
as Councillor Seeley
Sally Sheridan
as Staff Nurse
Paul Copley
as Sgt Bourke
Lucien Laviscount
as Yo-Less
Anthony Bowers
as PC Gallagher
Keith Barron
as Sir Walter
Siobhan Finneran
as Mrs. Bushell
Holliday Grainger
as Rose Bushell
Maxine Burth
as Lynn Partridge
Howard Gay
as Hickson
Felicity Montagu
as Mildred Seeley
Jazmine Franks
as Kirsty
Samantha Seager
as Carol Maxwell

Seasons & Episodes

Season 1

2006 | 3 Episodes


Awards & Nominations

BAFTA Children's Award 2006


BAFTA Children's Award

Best Drama



BAFTA Children's Award

Best Writer

Emmy 2006



Children and Young People

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