When the "Good For You" party bans chocolate, two boys resolve to bring down the government.




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Series cast summary:
Greg Saunders Greg Saunders ...  Ron Moore 3 episodes, 2002
Roz Hammond ...  Tricia Moore 3 episodes, 2002
Rhondda Findleton ...  Carol Hunter 3 episodes, 2002
Ian Bliss ...  Darius Crowe 3 episodes, 2002
David Roberts ...  Martin Burrows 3 episodes, 2002
Damien Bodie ...  Frankie Crawley 3 episodes, 2002
Heli Simpson Heli Simpson ...  Myrtle Jackson 3 episodes, 2002
Aljin Abella ...  Dave Hoosan 3 episodes, 2002
Rodney Afif ...  Sweeping man 3 episodes, 2002
Sean Barker ...  Trooper 3 episodes, 2002
Daniel Bliss Daniel Bliss ...  Information Film Boy 3 episodes, 2002
Darcy Bonser Darcy Bonser ...  Ben (2002) 3 episodes, 2002
Frank Bren Frank Bren ...  Shopkeeper 3 episodes, 2002
Chris Broadstock Chris Broadstock ...  Trooper 3 episodes, 2002
Christopher Bunworth Christopher Bunworth ...  TV studio director 3 episodes, 2002
Rick Burchill Rick Burchill ...  Defence secretary 3 episodes, 2002
Marco Chiappi Marco Chiappi ...  Mr. Feely 3 episodes, 2002
Janelle Da Silva Janelle Da Silva ...  Television presenter 3 episodes, 2002
Daniel Daperis Daniel Daperis ...  Derek Crawley 3 episodes, 2002
Cherise Donovan Cherise Donovan ...  Tracey 3 episodes, 2002
Paul English ...  Mr. Jackson 3 episodes, 2002
Steven Geller Steven Geller ...  Mike 'Huntley' Hunter 3 episodes, 2002
Anthony Hammer Anthony Hammer ...  Jason 'Smudger' Moore 3 episodes, 2002
Martin Jarvis ...  Mr. Blades 3 episodes, 2002
Gemma Jones ...  Mrs. Bubby 3 episodes, 2002
Flynn Jungwirth Flynn Jungwirth ...  Trooper 3 episodes, 2002
Terry Kenwrick Terry Kenwrick ...  Committee member 3 episodes, 2002
Bruce Kerr ...  Chancellor 3 episodes, 2002
Lachlan Macdonald Lachlan Macdonald ...  Trooper 3 episodes, 2002
Rhys McConnochie ...  Mr. Farmer 3 episodes, 2002
Sally McLean ...  Angie Powers 3 episodes, 2002
Esme Melville Esme Melville ...  Old Lady 3 episodes, 2002
Stephanie Millar Stephanie Millar ...  TV Newscaster 3 episodes, 2002
Paul Moder Paul Moder ...  Estate Agent 3 episodes, 2002
Denis Moore Denis Moore ...  Wolfgang Puckl 3 episodes, 2002
Alfred Nicdao Alfred Nicdao ...  Kenny Yap 3 episodes, 2002
Eddie Perfect Eddie Perfect ...  TV studio floor manager 3 episodes, 2002
Andrew Peters Andrew Peters ...  Treatment officer 3 episodes, 2002
Taysha Rankin Taysha Rankin ...  School Girl 3 episodes, 2002
Tony Rickards ...  Fishy Brian 3 episodes, 2002
Giles Rittman Giles Rittman ...  Information Film Boy 3 episodes, 2002
Tim Robertson ...  Prime Minister Tom Turner 3 episodes, 2002
Keir Saltmarsh Keir Saltmarsh ...  TV shop owner 3 episodes, 2002
Ian Scott Ian Scott ...  Crowe's Assistant 3 episodes, 2002
Louise Siversen Louise Siversen ...  Mrs. Spring 3 episodes, 2002
Richael Tanner Richael Tanner ...  Kylie Moore 3 episodes, 2002
Scott Terrill Scott Terrill ...  Chewing gum man 3 episodes, 2002
Paul Upchurch Paul Upchurch ...  Seedy Man 3 episodes, 2002
Cam Van Steel Cam Van Steel ...  Trooper 3 episodes, 2002
Leah Vandenberg ...  Wendy 3 episodes, 2002
Richard Vette Richard Vette ...  Trooper 3 episodes, 2002
Danica Wild Danica Wild ...  Chloe Feely 3 episodes, 2002


When the "Good For You" party bans chocolate, two boys resolve to bring down the government.

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Drama | Family

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UK | Australia



Release Date:

2002 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Laitonta suklaata See more »

Filming Locations:

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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(3 parts)


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Did You Know?


The greeting in the novel is quite different than the one used in the movie where they'd say "Good for You". In the book they would say "Crunchy apples to you comrade" another would respond with "Juicy oranges to you" and the first person would return with "Have a banana". See more »


Australian (Victorian) number plates are clearly visible. See more »


Remade as Chocolate Underground (2008) See more »

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Fantastic family viewing
24 December 2002 | by simonclarkeSee all my reviews

I was so impressed with Bootleg. I thought it started strong, but just got better and better as the show progressed. Episode three had me on the edge of my seat in parts, and in tears in other parts. The cast is very strong, although the Australian accents do shine through in places. I'm assuming it is supposed to be set in England and not Australia. The two leading kids (Steven Geller and Anthony Hammer) do a brilliant job of portraying Huntley and Smudger. Anthony is Australian and Steven is English. The two of them seemed to have so much energy ,and were genuinely believable as good friends. I wonder how they were off camera. My guess is that they got on really well. Anthony's robotic trance in episode 3 is faultless. You will recognise Anthony from his days as Leo Hancock in Neighbours. I was extremely impressed with Steven Geller's performance. His character takes longer to explain than Anthony's. But in Episode three, he went through all the emotions perfectly. His tearful and aggressive scenes were very believable, and the stare of disbelief at the end of episode 2 gave me goose pimples! You will recognise him from playing Mike in Mike and Angelo on CITV. Martin Jarvis played a lovely old book seller, and Gemma Jones was a warm and cuddly sweet shop owner.

Overall, Alex Shearer's novel was beautifully brought to life by Ian Gilmore's clever directing. It was a funny and light hearted tea-time drama which the BBC should be proud of. I'm not sure whether they are planning a sequel, but I would certainly watch it if they did. I look forward to the DVD or video release.

Congratulations to all involved.


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