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Marcus Harris ...
 Julian (26 episodes, 1978-1979)
Gary Russell ...
 Dick (26 episodes, 1978-1979)
Jennifer Thanisch ...
 Anne (26 episodes, 1978-1979)
Michele Galagher ...
 George (26 episodes, 1978-1979)
Toddy ...
 Timmy the Dog (26 episodes, 1978-1979)
Michael Hinz ...
 Quentin Kirrin / ... (25 episodes, 1978-1979)
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 Rogers (13 episodes, 1978-1979)
Susanna Best ...
 Fanny Kirrin / ... (12 episodes, 1978-1979)
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They are part of my childhood
24 July 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I was 9 when I read my first Famous Five book, which I borrowed from a friend. It was the adventure of the scientist being held kidnapped in the old castle and the Five's troubles with the fairground people. From that day on I became an addict. Enid Blyton certainly had the knack to create interesting stories with a great deal of suspense that kept you in tenterhooks. In a little over four years I managed to gather the entire series of the FF books, hardback Spanish editions which I still own today. This series was first broadcast in Spain in 1979 -I was too young at that time but I remember it-, and then again in the summer-autumn of 1987, when I was 14 and had read all of the books. I loved it right away, although I found the contemporary settings with the Ford Fiestas and Cortinas a little funny. Still, the acting is all right though. I love Michael Hinz as Uncle Quentin, since he brings to the character some real-life maturity he has not in the books. George is just like in the books, the stubborn tomboy. Anne (fortunately!) is a lot more mature and less irritating than in the original stories. Julian is more or less the same I-know-everything bossy type but still likable, and Dick (my all-time favourite) is very much like in the books too, always in the background and under Julian's authority but yet he saves the day quite a few times. I have seen the 1990s remake, and although I love the 1940-50's art direction, the kids' acting is often ridiculous, Uncle Quentin is a total wally and the whole thing looks like a light parody of the FF stories rather than a serious adaptation.


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