Growing up there were two people I wanted to be.
Jo March. Which is pretty much a given....if you take Professor Bhaer out of the equation. Which I never will. It's a bugbear that I can't relinquish. (More here.)
Press Gang was a British television show that ran from 1989 until 1993. It was broadcast on the Australian Broadcast Company (ABC) every afternoon as part of the children's programming block. The premise of the show was a famous investigative journalist starts editing The Gazette and sets up a junior publication. Students managed the paper in the hours before and after school. The staff was made up of a mixture of the highly academic (Lynda, Sarah, Kenny) and the delinquents who were forced to use their time productively (Spike, Frazz, Colin). The running arc was the day to day operations of the newspaper plus the Lynda/Spike relationship with self contained investigations each episode.
While I adore Spike...I will watch Dexter Fletcher (the British actor who spoke with an American accent the entire run of the show) in anything - it was also the Lynda show for me. While she was on occasion called a bitch, not undeservedly at times, she was a compelling character. Brittle, feisty and completely lackingthe ability to socialise. She was fascinating in her sheer power of will.
The show was smart and well ahead of the times. I still remember their episodes on teen suicide and huffing with clarity. The idea for the show was formulated by an Glaswegian head master and pitched to ITV. The head master was Bill Moffat. When the pitch was picked up, he recommended his son (Stephen Moffat) a twenty-five year old English teacher write the script. Stephen wrote it, they LOVED it and the rest is history. Twenty years later that man is the head writer for the BBC's Doctor Who, Coupling and the upcoming movie The Adventures of Tin Tin.
Today I read that Sawalha and Moffat continue to talk about a reunion and it is my fervent wish that this happens. I want to see where Lynda is today, with or without Spike. She's compelling enough on her own!
Who were your inspirations as a tween?