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★★★☆☆ Even regular films by the Children's Film Foundation are known for a slightly 'detached' quality. As a result those with intentional fantastical themes were positively bizarre. The Monster of Highgate Ponds (1961), The Boy Who Turned Yellow (1972) and A Hitch in Time (1978), which have been remastered and released on DVD by the BFI under the collective name Weird Adventures, are three such titles. Starring such British stalwarts as Patrick Troughton and Sorcha Cusack, and produced by amongst others Alberto Cavalcanti, Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, these films encapsulate an era of British frivolity.
Here are three stories as enchanting as they are downright odd. Featuring a dragon-like monster from Malaysia who causes excitement amongst local inhabitants when he takes up residence in the ponds on Hampstead Heath, a boy who turns yellow when he meets an alien who can travel through the electrical grid system, and a nutty professor who uses »
- CineVue UK
BBC One has renewed Father Brown for a second series.
The daytime drama starring Mark Williams as the eponymous crime-solving Roman Catholic priest will return for ten more 45-minute episodes later this year.
Based on the stories by Gk Chesterton, the series has achieved an average audience of 2.1 million and a 23.5% share.
Filming will begin in the Cotswolds for 14 weeks from Monday, May 27.
"The series features popular stories set in the Cotswolds country houses which look sensational on screen and it's great to attract actors of the calibre of Mark Williams and Sorcha Cusack back for a second series."
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