Billy Bunter

Documentaries about and dramatisations of the classic schoolboy tales
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William George Bunter is a fictional schoolboy created by Charles Hamilton using the pen name Frank Richards. He features in stories set at Greyfriars School, originally published in the boys' weekly story paper The Magnet in 1908. The character has appeared in novels, on television, in stage plays and in comic strips.

He is in the Lower Fourth form of Greyfriars School, known as the Remove, whose members are 14–15 years of age. Originally a minor character, his role was expanded over the years with his antics being heavily used in the stories to provide comic relief and to drive forward the plots.

Bunter's defining characteristics are his greediness and overweight appearance. His character is, in many respects, that of a highly obnoxious anti-hero. As well as his gluttony, he is obtuse, lazy, racist, nosy, deceitful, slothful, self-important and conceited. These defects, however, are not recognised by Bunter. In his own mind, he is an exemplary character: handsome, talented and aristocratic; and he dismisses most of those around him as "beasts". The negative sides of Bunter are offset by several genuine redeeming features; such as his tendency, from time to time, to display courage in aid of others; his ability to be generous, on the rare occasions when he has food or cash; and above all his very real love and concern for his mother. All these, combined with Bunter's cheery optimism, his comically transparent untruthfulness and inept attempts to conceal his antics from his schoolmasters and schoolfellows, combine to make a character that succeeds in being highly entertaining but which rarely attracts the reader's lasting sympathy.

  1. Good Old Greyfriars, 40th Anniversary, 22nd Sept 1981 (7.2Mb)
  2. Greyfriars Reminiscences of Frank Richards 1965 (19Mb)
  3. Billy Bunters Christmas Party, 13th Dec 1986 (87.2Mb)
  4. Bunter The Hero, 13th July 1993 (14.2Mb)
  5. Billy Bunter Afloat, 20th July 1993 (14.2Mb)
  6. Billy Bunter On Trial, 27th July 1993 (14.3Mb)
  7. Bunter In Brazil, 3rd Aug 1993 (13.7Mb)
  8. Bunter Night Out, 10th Aug 1993 (13.8Mb)
  9. Chunkleys Stores, 17th Aug 1993 (14Mb)
  10. Whatever Happened to… Horace Henry Samuel Quelch, 2nd July 1994. (12.6Mb)

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