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Australian Childrens Television Foundation

It’s going to be a bleak Christmas for the Riordans when Joe’s father gets the sack in December, 1932. The money 13-year old Joe gets from selling papers is all they have. Then Joe and his dad have a fight. Joe leaves home vowing never to return. He lives on the streets, battling with his wits and his fists as he gets to know the city and its characters. The downs and outs, the communist agitators, the Sallies, old Harris, his mate … Persuaded by his mother, Joe returns home for Christmas to an uneasy truce with his father, but the situation changes when his father finds a job and realises his son is now a man. Stars Christopher Schlusser, Tony Llewellyn-Jones, Linden Wilkinson.

PRODUCER: Jane Ballantyne