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The wolves are running...

In 1984, the BBC debuted a new children's TV serial, an adaptation of John Masefield's The Box Of Delights. It was a huge hit, and made a major impression on a whole generation of school children. Then, for many years, it remained in the vaults; fondly remembered, but lurking unseen. Ten years ago, when it was released on DVD, something of an internet tradition grew up around it - that of recreating those old Children's BBC screenings, by watching one episode a week, timing it so that the last episode is on Christmas Eve. That means that the first episode is watched on November 19th.

I haven't seen the show for four or five years now. I can't watch something every year, the way that some people can! I don't like to overdo it. But this year is the show's thirtieth anniversary. So, what better way to say a happy birthday to one of the most gloriously atmospheric bits of children's telly than to jump back in and give it a spin? Beneath the cut is episode one, courtesy of YouTube. Whatever you celebrate at this time of year, I recommend giving this show a watch. The SFX are very 1984, it's true, but nobody in their right mind cares about that. This is children's TV at its finest.

See you same time next week for episode two - and no sneaking ahead!


Nov. 26th, 2014 04:09 pm (UTC)
That's a shame! Although I'm sure there must have been some good German TV as well.

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