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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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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Kay Harker is of unspecified age in the book . Although he is supposed to be approximately 12 in the TV series , Devin Stanfield was in fact 13 years old when filming commenced and was already 13.5 by the time the production had wrapped . See more »

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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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As traditional at Christmas as The Wizard of Oz
7 September 2001 | by (Cheshire,England) – See all my reviews

The Box of Delights to my brother and I is as traditional at Christmas as The Wizard of Oz or indeed The Queens speach!! Every year since 1984 we have "delighted" in watching The Box armed with sweets in our formative years and beer in our latter. Even now as grown men missing The Box for 1 year would be regarded as sacrilige. To us The Box epitimises Christmas with its magic and mayhem,villains and heroes and ultimately allround Christmassy feel. The casting is outstanding, try to read the book after watching the show and you can't imagine anyone else in the roles. Devin Stansfield is excellent as Kay,unfortunately it appears it was the pinnacle of his career as he doesn't appear to have acted since. The late great Patrick Traughton and Robert Stephens excell in their roles and it is in The Box I'll remember them not Dr Who or Shakespeare. The musical score is fantastic the composer has captured the spirit of a pre-war Christmas amazingly well, the version of The first Noel is magical. We love The Box because it enables us to hang onto our childhood.As there are 2 of us it enables us to protect each other from the mockery of our respective spouses who believe we're like a couple of kids.Both have tried and failed to take our one and only recording to tape over it with Coronation Street. Now wouldn't that be the Purple Pim........


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