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Bootleg (TV serial)

Genre Drama
Written by Alex Shearer
Paul Smith
Directed by Ian Gilmour
Starring Steven Geller
Gemma Jones
Anthony Hammer
Martin Jarvis
Greg Saunders
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 3
Original channel BBC One
Original release 8 December 2002 (2002-12-08) – 22 December 2002 (2002-12-22)

Bootleg is a 2002 miniseries for children, commissioned by the BBC and based on a book of the same name by Alex Shearer. It was shown as a three-part series in the UK, with subsequent broadcasts in Australia and all over the world.

The novel has been adapted in Japan in the form of manga and 13 episode ONA series under the title Chocolate Underground (チョコレート・アンダーグラウンド Chokorēto Andāguraundo).[1]


  • Plot 1
  • Media 2
    • Book 2.1
    • TV series 2.2
    • Manga 2.3
    • Anime 2.4
      • Cast 2.4.1
  • References 3
    • Other references 3.1
  • External links 4


The film is about a new political party called the "Good for You" (abbreviated as GFY) which comes into power and bans chocolate. Two kids named Smudger Moore and Huntley Hunter want to get their chocolate back. They begin by selling bootleg chocolate, and go on to join an underground resistance organization.

The film climaxes in a huge revolution where people take to the streets. They demand that chocolate be brought back, and that the government be overthrown.

The way in which the revolution is triggered, by a group seizing a "terrorist-proof" broadcasting studio to broadcast a message of resistance, has a remarkable resemblance to V's broadcast in the graphic novel V for Vendetta (1982–1988).



Bootleg was first published as a book written by Alex Shearer and is published by Macmillan Children's Books on 4 July 2003.[2]

TV series

The adaptation, commissioned by BBC was made into a three-part series and was first broadcast in the United Kingdom and later in Australia.

It has won a British Academy of Film and Television Arts Award for Best Children's Drama, with the screenplay written by Paul Smith.

The TV adaptation features British actors Martin Jarvis, Steven Geller and Gemma Jones.


The manga adaptation was done by Japanese manga artist, Aiji Yamakawa. It was serialized in Shueisha's shōjo monthly manga magazine, Bessatsu Margaret from its 2nd issue and ended on the 15th issue of the magazine in the year 2008.

It has only one volume and was released on October 2008.[3]


The anime adaptation of the manga is written by Kiyoko Yoshimura and animated by Production I.G with original character designs provided by Aiji Yamakawa. voice actor Fumie Mizusawa and Toshiyuki Toyonaga voices the main characters, Smudger Moore and Huntley Hunter respectively and Japanese singer, Maaya Sakamoto voicing Carol Hunter.

The adaptation's theme song and insert song are sung by Kana Nishino. The theme song's title is Make Up and the insert song is titled as Kirari and is released under SME Records.




  1. ^ "UK's Bootleg Novel Animated for Mobile Phones in Japan".  
  2. ^ " Bootleg: Alex Shearer: Books". Retrieved 19 March 2009. 
  3. ^ "チョコレート・アンダーグラウンド: 紀伊國屋書店BookWeb". Retrieved 22 April 2009. 
  4. ^ "チョコレート・アンダーグラウンド | CHOCOLATE UNDERGROUND - Cast list". Retrieved 22 April 2009. 

Other references

  • Shearer, Alex. Bootleg. Macmillan Children's Books, July 2003. (ISBN 978-0330415620)

External links

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