The Box of Delights (1984– )

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Based on the classic children's novel by John Masefield, the story follows the exploits of a young boy, Kay Harker, who finds himself drawn into a world of magic and danger when he ... See full summary »

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1984  
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Young Kay Harker inherits responsibility for a mystical and magical box with unimaginable powers.

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Cast

Series cast summary:
Devin Stanfield ...
 Kay Harker (6 episodes, 1984)
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 Abner Brown (6 episodes, 1984)
Geoffrey Larder ...
 Foxy Faced Charles (6 episodes, 1984)
Jonathan Stephens ...
 Chubby Joe (6 episodes, 1984)
Heidi Burton ...
 Jemima (6 episodes, 1984)
Joanna Dukes ...
 Maria (6 episodes, 1984)
Flora Page ...
 Susan (6 episodes, 1984)
James Grout ...
 Inspector (5 episodes, 1984)
Carol Frazer ...
 Caroline Louisa (5 episodes, 1984)
Crispin Mair ...
 Peter (5 episodes, 1984)
Glyn Baker ...
 Herne the Hunter (5 episodes, 1984)
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 Sylvia Daisy Pouncer (4 episodes, 1984)
John Horsley ...
 Bishop of Tatchester (4 episodes, 1984)
Helen Fraser ...
 Ellen (4 episodes, 1984)
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 Cole Hawlings (3 episodes, 1984)
Anne Dyson ...
 The Old Lady (3 episodes, 1984)
Nick Berry ...
 Pirate Rat (3 episodes, 1984)
Stewart Harwood ...
 Pirate Rat (3 episodes, 1984)
Bill Wallis ...
 Rat (2 episodes, 1984)
Charles Pemberton ...
 Chief Constable (2 episodes, 1984)
Johnny Casino ...
 Old Jim (2 episodes, 1984)
Simon Barry ...
 Mouse (2 episodes, 1984)
Jason Kemp ...
 Waterfall Boy (2 episodes, 1984)
John Styles ...
 Puppeteer (2 episodes, 1984)
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Based on the classic children's novel by John Masefield, the story follows the exploits of a young boy, Kay Harker, who finds himself drawn into a world of magic and danger when he encounters an old Punch and Judy man. Written by <markh@centurione.com>

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1 November 1984 (UK)  »

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La caja mágica  »

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Filming lasted for a period of six months in the early months of 1984 . Editing and special effects took the best part of summer and fall of 1984 and the series was eventually broadcast in the last two months of 1984 , culminating on Christmas Eve 1984 (coinciding with the events of the finale which take place on Christmas Eve). See more »

Quotes

Kay Harker: Ellen, do you know how to make a posset?
Ellen: Why, I most certainly do!
Kay Harker: Well, then, I wish you would.
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Enchanting!
18 September 1999 | by (Peoria, IL) – See all my reviews

How could you not like a story where the villain - and an evil and odious villain he is - is a Methodist Bishop? Where little boys turn into mice and run through the walls to spy on the bad guys?

This is a thoroughly charming Christmas fantasy, wonderfully made by the BBC in the mid-80's, based on a children's book by John Masefield. Set in England in the 1930's, it tells the adventures of Kay Hawker as he returns home from school for Christmas. On the train he meets a mysterious but kindly old man who gives him the Box of Delights, a magical box which gives the holder the powers of flight, physical transformation, and the ability to travel through time. Of course, the forces of evil, led by the aforementioned Bishop, are out to steal the Box, and its up to Kay and his friends to stop them.

This is an absolutely first rate BBC production. Patrick Troughton of Dr. Who fame is the mysterious old man and Robert Stephens is the Bishop. The story, the visual effects, and the music are all enthralling.

Actually, its somewhat of a fluke that I have seen this program since it has - to my knowledge - never been shown in the United States. In the mid-80's I was living in Cleveland, Ohio, and we could pick up Canadian TV from across the Lake. One day I happened to turn on the television and this was on; I was instantly captivated. Ever since then I have tried to find tapes of this show but, unfortunately, they are not available in the U.S.


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