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Weird kids' TV of my childhood

Found a nice new blog, Wyrd Britain, which is full of supernatural stuff and folk horror - specifically I was interested in the latest post, about The Witches and the Grinnygog. I'd thought I knew all of that sort of children's TV series made in Britain in the 80s, but apparently not. Watched it on YouTube and I don't think this one will be getting a DVD revival for the reasons the blogger points out, but it was an interesting curiosity.

Then, through the IMDb page for the series, I came across this Den of Geek article: Spooky and magical 80s kids' TV dramas which mentioned a few more that I'm unfamiliar with. There's also some interesting stuff suggested below it which will enchant anyone of the right age to remember Look and Read...



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Sep. 19th, 2016 12:28 am (UTC)
I've heard of that series but I'm pretty sure I didn't see it. Perhaps it was on at a time of day when I wasn't home (I didn't have a VCR). The 80s were good for children's TV.
Sep. 19th, 2016 10:00 am (UTC)
I remember being riveted by Moondial and Tom's Midnight Garden, and then they started doing The Chronicles of Narnia - all that within a couple of years!
Sep. 19th, 2016 07:43 pm (UTC)
The Leon Garfield adaptations were excellent, especially Mr Corbett's Ghost.

And thanks for the link to Wyrd Britain. It looks fantastic. I didn't know about the Kim Newman so that goes near the top of my reading list.
Sep. 20th, 2016 10:41 am (UTC)
I've been going through that other post looking for stuff mentioned - the Astercote (nice book) adaptation and most of the Leon Garfieds seem to have fallen into the "never released on VHS or DVD" pit, so I could only find The Ghost in the Water on YouTube. We gave up on it because R in particular found it too slow, but I liked the atmosphere and will return to it on my own.
Sep. 20th, 2016 07:27 pm (UTC)
Mr Corbett's Ghost is on YouTube in case you haven't seen that one. Black Jack is there as well. I wish these things were in HD so that I could watch them on the TV but no doubt people have uploaded them from VHS.

Oh gosh. Someone has uploaded 'The Sign of Four' with Ian Richardson.
Sep. 21st, 2016 01:39 am (UTC)
I'll have to check all of those out! And yes, I suspect it's just sheer luck that someone taped some of this stuff off the TV and uploaded it later.
Sep. 21st, 2016 01:51 am (UTC)
I had Mr Corbett on VHS as well as other obscure things. I took my tapes to the recycle depot last year except for a few that I kept just in case. Just in case of what, I don't know. Not long ago I was looking at a list of lost films and one was a film that I'd seen on UK TV in the early 80s. It made me realise that there could be any number of lost or rare items still knocking around on tape and one should be careful about tossing them.
Sep. 19th, 2016 05:31 pm (UTC)
Here in the UK we had The Tomorrow People on ITV and The Box of Delight on BBC
Sep. 20th, 2016 10:39 am (UTC)
I'm also in the UK! I was too young for The Box of Delights but Mum picked it up on video when I was 11 - still a yearly Christmas tradition!
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