There’s a literary angle to our nostalgia quiz this week with questions all about Bury author Richmal Crompton and her world-famous Just William books.

The quiz also covers some of the household names who’ve starred in the Just William films, TV series and theatre productions – ranging from a very young Dennis Waterman to Bonnie Langford.

Crompton wrote no less than 39 Just William books over a period of 48 years from 1922 to 1970.

How well do you remember William Brown and his friends and the stars who’ve played them on stage and screen? It’s time to test your knowledge and compare your score with friends.

You can brush up on all your local nostalgia in Clive Hardy’s brilliant books on Manchester in the 1950s, 60s and 70s.

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Which international movie star played William’s best friend Ginger in the 1940 film Just William when he was 12?

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What was the name of William’s gang?

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How many copies of the Just William books, first published in 1922, have been sold in the UK alone?

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Bonnie Langford was brilliant as the pampered Violet Elizabeth Bott in the Just William TV series of 1977 to 1978. Which TV talent show did she win at the age of six in the early 1970s?

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What age was unruly schoolboy William in the Just William books? It never varied throughout the half century Crompton was writing the titles.

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Just William and Black Beauty star Stacy Dorning, pictured, played Susan Rush in which TV comedy series in the 1980s?

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Minder star Dennis Waterman, pictured, got his first TV break portraying William Brown on TV at the age of 14 in 1962. In which police drama did he play Detective Sergeant George Carter with Gorton actor John Thaw as his sidekick?

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Which character did Bonnie Langford play in the sci-fi series Doctor Who from 1986 to 1987?

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Diana Dors was Mrs Bott, mother of Violet Elizabeth, in the TV series Just William. She also starred in her own sitcom from 1970 to 1972. What was it called?

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Bury author Richmal Crompton, the creator of the William books, was born in what year?

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