A quarter of a century ago, a few weeks before Christmas, this happened…
…and children’s TV, particularly at Christmastime, was never the same again.
It has been twenty five years since the BBC’s adaptation of John Masefield
’s magical fantasy The Box of Delights
appeared and time has not weathered its charm and festive cheer.
If you find yourself shouting the word ‘Splendiferous!’ when opening your presents on Christmas morning, or muttering that Granny nabbing the last After Eight mint is the ‘Purple Pim’ then chances are you’ve seen, and fallen in love with, The Box of Delights
. It is a delightful yarn, spun with a love of Boy’s Own adventures and using some innovative animation effects to create a television event that is a treasure trove of nostalgic joy.
It begins with the impeccably posh young boy Kay Harker as he returns home from boarding