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Four kids travel to the magical land of Narnia where they must battle an evil queen with the direction of the lion, Aslan.
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Complete series cast summary:
 Peter Pevensie (6 episodes, 1988)
Sophie Cook ...
 Susan Pevensie (6 episodes, 1988)
Jonathan R. Scott ...
 Edmund Pevensie (6 episodes, 1988)
Sophie Wilcox ...
 Lucy Pevensie (6 episodes, 1988)
 The White Witch (6 episodes, 1988)
 Mr. Beaver (5 episodes, 1988)
 Mrs. Beaver (5 episodes, 1988)
Mick Walter ...
 Ginaarbrik (5 episodes, 1988)
Ailsa Berk ...
 Aslan (4 episodes, 1988)
Martin Stone ...
 Maugrim (4 episodes, 1988)
William Todd-Jones ...
 Aslan (4 episodes, 1988)
Keith Hodiak ...
 Aslan's Satyr / ... (4 episodes, 1988)
Garfield Brown ...
 Aslan's Satyr / ... (4 episodes, 1988)
 Aslan (3 episodes, 1988)
Irene Marot ...
 Hag (3 episodes, 1988)
Kairen Kemp ...
 Hag (3 episodes, 1988)
Jeffrey Perry ...
 Mr. Tumnus (3 episodes, 1988)
Michael Aldridge ...
 Professor Digory Kirke (3 episodes, 1988)
Mike Eastman ...
 Miraz Soldier (3 episodes, 1988)


In World War, the four Pevenses children: Peter Susan, Edmund and Lucy are evacuated from London to the country house of an eccentric old professor. There, bored and restless, first Lucy and Edmund, and then all four of the kids make their way through an attic wardrobe in Narnia, a magical land of mythical creatures and talking animals. But Narnia is not perfect: it's always winter and never Christmas since the White Witch began her rule. And there are evil creatures as well as good, and a traitor in their midst. Only the return of Aslan can bring victory in the coming battle to win spring and freedom back to Narnia. 3x54min episodes. Written by Kathy Li

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13 November 1988 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe  »

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Mr & Mrs Beaver's costumes were notoriously impractical in the snow. So much so that in outdoor scenes, a couple of assistants, nicknamed the "Beaver Retrievers" had to stand around to pick the actors up, if they slipped over. See more »


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[the children and beavers are planning to go on the run to find Aslan and Mrs Beaver is insisting on taking loads of supplies]
Mrs. Beaver: I don't suppose the sewing machine is too heavy to take?
Mr. Beaver: Yes it is! Anyway you didn't think you'd be able to use it when we were on the run now did you?
Mrs. Beaver: I just can't abide the thought of that witch fiddling with it and breaking it or stealing it most likely as not.
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Brilliant, evocative, memorable, classic. A bit cheap.
3 May 2001 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

The criticisms of this BBC adaption, made as the first in what proved to be a set of four of C.S. Lewis' books are largely unfair. The budget was small

  • by American standards, at the time in the UK it was positively lavish -

and the effect achieved given these constraints and the fact that the show is now almost 15 years old is pretty impressive. The adaption is an even-handed one, the leads are relatively engaging the animals don't look at all bad with Aslan clearly having the majority of the budget for the whole show lavished on him. Only those drunk on the slick fantasy effects of the 90's could complain. Above all Barbara Kellerman is the standout, however, as the White Witch, sending a chill into the hearts of even the most confident of seven year olds; as I was when this was first shown on British television. As far as I'm concerned the whole series was seminal. They don't make them like this anymore - though some would say thank goodness.

Narnia requires a big-budget adaption for the big screen. But until that comes along this is easily the best screen version of C.S. Lewis' best known story out there. And the music is absolutely fantastic.

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