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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1 November 1984 (UK)  »

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The events of the series cover a time span of four days. Specifically, Kay Harker's arrival at the train station occurs on the morning of 21th of December. The next morning Peter and Kay witness the abduction of Cole Hawlings by Abner Brown's underlings. The rest of Kay's adventures unfold over the next consecutive two nights (evidenced by the dialogue between Chubby Joe and Abner Brown in the final scenes where Joe points out that the old man is their prisoner for the last two nights) and finally the denouement takes place on December 24th late at night. Although Kay is seen waking up once more after his lunch with Maria who was released from her kidnappers this is actually a siesta and not another night sleep. The story is placed chronologically in 1934. See more »

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very exciting
22 November 2004 | by (u.k.) – See all my reviews

I have not been quite so excited watching a series in a long time, thanks to the bbc wanting re-releasing of all their best children's drama this delight is now on DVD.

Its very hard to think of things that haven't been said about this brilliant drama but i'll try.

As we are coming closer to Christmas i would urge anybody who loves to get into the festive mood to buy this as everything that you'd associate with xmas is here and yes it is slightly intimidating if you weren't born into a middle class background as all the children go to boarding school and speak in possibly dated plummy tones but the story is what counts and it's a cracker.

It's adventurous, fun and a little scary (with wolves howls in the air). The acting in the principal actors is spot on and the thing thats so great about it all is you never feel like you're being talked down to as a child, this explains why it's so popular with nostalgic adults Ed Trotter


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