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1
Release Date:
19 November 1989 (UK) See more »
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Plot:
Young Prince Caspian of Narnia wonders and dreams about the old days of Narnia when animals talked,... See more »
Awards:
6 nominations See more »
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A tale of two tales; "Will no-one silence this mouse!?" See more (18 total) »

Cast

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Warwick Davis ... Reepicheep (6 episodes, 1989)
Jonathan R. Scott ... Edmund Pevensie (6 episodes, 1989)
Sophie Wilcox ... Lucy Pevensie (6 episodes, 1989)
William Todd-Jones ... Aslan / ... (5 episodes, 1989)
Tim Rose ... Aslan (5 episodes, 1989)

Ronald Pickup ... Aslan (5 episodes, 1989)
David Thwaites ... Eustace Clarence Scrubb / ... (5 episodes, 1989)
Ailsa Berk ... Aslan / ... (5 episodes, 1989)

Samuel West ... King Caspian (4 episodes, 1989)
John Hallam ... Captain Drinian (4 episodes, 1989)
Guy Fithen ... Rhince (4 episodes, 1989)
Neale McGrath ... Rynelf (4 episodes, 1989)
Christopher Godwin ... Lord Rhoop (3 episodes, 1989)

Gabrielle Anwar ... Princess (3 episodes, 1989)
Geoffrey Bayldon ... Ramandu (3 episodes, 1989)

Kenny Baker ... Dufflepud (3 episodes, 1989)
Preston Lockwood ... Coriakin (3 episodes, 1989)

Jack Purvis ... Dufflepud Leader / ... (3 episodes, 1989)
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Series Directed by
Alex Kirby (6 episodes, 1989)
 
Series Writing credits
C.S. Lewis (6 episodes, 1989)
Alan Seymour (6 episodes, 1989)

Series Produced by
Colin Shindler .... executive producer / executive producer: WonderWorks (6 episodes, 1989)
Paul Stone .... producer (6 episodes, 1989)

Dale Bell .... executive producer (unknown episodes)
Jay Rayvid .... executive producer / senior producer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Original Music by
Geoffrey Burgon (6 episodes, 1989)
 
Series Film Editing by
Stephen Newnham (3 episodes, 1989)
 
Series Production Design by
Sarah Greenwood (6 episodes, 1989)
Alan Spalding (6 episodes, 1989)
Adrian Uwalaka (6 episodes, 1989)
 
Series Costume Design by
Judy Pepperdine (6 episodes, 1989)
Ros Little (5 episodes, 1989)
Charlotte Palmer (5 episodes, 1989)
 
Series Makeup Department
Lesley Altringham .... makeup artist (6 episodes, 1989)
Julie Dartnell .... makeup artist (6 episodes, 1989)
Sylvia Thornton .... makeup artist (6 episodes, 1989)
 
Series Production Management
Mick Evans .... production manager (6 episodes, 1989)
Diana May Jones .... production manager (6 episodes, 1989)
 
Series Art Department
Joanna Cheese .... graphic designer (6 episodes, 1989)
Sarah Dewis .... graphic designer (6 episodes, 1989)
Barbara Horne .... properties buyer / property buyer (6 episodes, 1989)
Vin Burnham .... designer: Aslan (5 episodes, 1989)
Alli Eynon .... designer: Aslan (5 episodes, 1989)
Paul James .... designer: Aslan (5 episodes, 1989)
Niki Lyons .... designer: Aslan (5 episodes, 1989)
 
Series Sound Department
Bill Whiston .... sound (6 episodes, 1989)
 
Series Visual Effects by
Tony Harding .... visual effects designer (6 episodes, 1989)
Robin Lobb .... video effects designer (6 episodes, 1989)
Mickey Edwards .... visual effects designer / visual effects assistant (5 episodes, 1989)
 
Series Stunts
Gareth Milne .... fight arranger (2 episodes, 1989)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
John Mason .... lighting (6 episodes, 1989)
Trevor Wimlett .... camera operator / camera (6 episodes, 1989)
Frank Mungall .... rostrum camera (2 episodes, 1989)
Peter Willis .... rostrum camera (2 episodes, 1989)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ros Little .... assistant costume designer (2 episodes, 1989)
 
Series Editorial Department
Stephen Newnham .... editor: video tape (3 episodes, 1989)
 
Series Music Department
Crouch End Festival Chorus .... choir (unknown episodes)
 
Series Other crew
Sally Blake .... production assistant (6 episodes, 1989)
Gilly Hayward .... assistant floor manager (6 episodes, 1989)
Philip Lewis .... production associate (6 episodes, 1989)
Sue Stuart .... assistant floor manager (6 episodes, 1989)
Derek Taylor .... vision (5 episodes, 1989)
Sam Heaphy .... flying sequences (3 episodes, 1989)
Gareth Milne .... fight arranger (2 episodes, 1989)

Wayne Docksey .... animal master (unknown episodes)
 

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30 min (6 episodes)
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Trivia:
This series, unlike its predecessor, and sequel adapted two volumes of the Chronicles of Narnia.See more »
Quotes:
King Caspian:We are in great danger. It's landed on the beach.
Lucy Pevensie:Where?
Edmund Pevensie:Between us and the ship.
King Caspian:Our arrows will be useless against dragons and they're not at all afraid of fire.
Reepicheep:Uh, with your Majesty's leave...
King Caspian:No, Reepicheep, you are not to attempt single combat with it.
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10 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
A tale of two tales; "Will no-one silence this mouse!?", 24 June 2001
Author: Tom May (joycean_chap@hotmail.com) from United Kingdom

"Prince Caspian" and "The Voyage of the Dawn Treader" should be reviewed separately, as they are patently separate installments of the Narnia saga.

"Prince Caspian"

A rather expositionary chapter in the series of seven stories, tying in the "Lion, The Witch..." with later chapters, by phasing out Peter and Susan and introducing Caspian. The production, viewed twelve years after I saw it as a child, is rather disappointing, with no sense of spectacle or proportion at all conveyed. Particularly, the locations used for Narnia are distinctly unimpressive, dour and unsuitable; not beautiful enough at all. The budget for this story was clearly kept to minimum to save for the following comparative epic. What we get is a fairly drab English wood in glum weather conditions. The acting is far from compelling here, with the good but misguided dwarf whose name evades me at present particularly unimpressive, and the badger unimposing. The voices are often inappropriately jokey and lightweight - the dwarves and the badger set. Of course, Aslan is well voiced indeed, by Ronald Pickup, but is rendered immobile by the impracticalities of the B.B.C. producing a talking, walking lion... Miraz, is as Caspian effectively says at one point ("The witch is an evil a thousand times worse than Miraz!") composed of small-fry villainy. The duel between Peter and Miraz is laughably free of any suspense and power. One thing that stands out is that Susan has virtually nothing to do or say at all in this two-part story, and seems tangibly redundant. The main memorable scene, though, is a classic of sorts. It involves "a hag and a werewolf" getting up to some devillry trapped in a cave with Caspian and others. The acting by Barbara Kellerman as the witch is completely OTT and simple words are dragged out to accommodate innumerable syllables; "Who-oo-oo e-e-e-ev-err-r her-er-r-eard o-of a-a wi-i-i-tch that re-e-ea-eally di-iiieeed...!" lunacy! Could have done with being underplayed, and it would have been more successfully scary, although as a child I was scared by this scene, although it was the sombre, weird-looking werewolf creature who disturbed most I suspect. Overall, this story is frankly inconsequential, and just useful for that scene and its exposition, setting things up for the next tale. While far from the best book, it could have been done better than it is here; a very mediocre production.

Rating:- ** 1/2/*****

"The Voyage of the Dawn Treader"

Where to start? This four-parter is immensely superior in every way to "Prince Caspian". The then-still-flourishing B.B.C. children's drama department shrewdly and inventively dramatized a marvellous book, the fifth in the Narnia series, "The Voyage of the Dawn Treader", which ties in the Narnia ethos with a strong impression of Homer's epic narrative poem, "The Odyssey". Each of the islands visited on King Caspian's ambitious voyage is well conveyed, and unique, helped by wise choices of sublime locations, plain good writing and music. The Lone Islands, controlled ineptly by the wonderfully named "Governor Gumpas", and filmed around Sicily I think, are well created; unlike "Prince Caspian" a sense of scale and culture is created, by some use of extras and a wide filming of areas of the island, including vinyards etc. The other islands, including the almost haunting "Goldwater Island", the Dragon one, the Magician one, filmed nicely at a Welsh country house and grounds, and the last one with the dining table, are all well conveyed. Importantly, the actors generally make the most of their parts all the way through this story. Samuel West, as Caspian, portrays him with the right combination of precocious arrogance, gravitas and good humour. Particularly good is John Hallam, playing the role of Capt. Drinian with a wonderful world-weary diction, steady wisdom and charm. He is a completely convincing character, unlike any in "Prince Caspian". Shame that Hallam seems to have had relatively few substantial film roles, as he really is a fine presence in this production. The great C.S. Lewis character, the noble, swashbuckling dreamer, the mouse Reepicheep (wonderfully named!), is wonderfully costumed and acted and voiced by Warwick Davies. His yearnings to see what is past "The end of the world" and Aslan's country, are compellingly conveyed, in verse ("...Where the waves grow sweet/Doubt not, Reepicheep/You'll find all you seek, there, in the utter East"...) and in Davies' likeable portrayal. His temper is short with the obnoxious Eustace constantly moaning on, and their confrontations are often downright hilarious. Eustace's obnoxious, spoiled English schoolboy characterisitics are well played by a child actor also physically perfect for the part. Even his transition towards becoming a well-behaving young chap is well conveyed. Lucy and Edmund aren't as interesting in this story as Eustace, but are reasonably worked into the plot. Lucy, though, is a little wearing in her habit of whining, I would have to say. Other members of the ship's crew are jovially played, as well as Preston Lockwood's magician and the fine Geoffrey Bayldon's star Ramandu, who has a splendid lyrical speech in the last episode when he describes his life. The quality of the incidental music should be noted, especially its hymnal, elegiac quality in the last installment of this four-part tale. The only downsides to this sublime production are the cliffhangers - which are often too similar to each other, usually involving a sea monster, and fail to match a good "Dr Who" surprise cliffhanger - and, the voices of the "Duffers" on the Magician's island are too jokey and distinctly colloquial. Overall, a wonderful sense of adventure and atmospheric mystique is created in this production, which adapts an intoxicating book full of sublime mystery as well as anyone could have expected. The gap in quality between this and "Prince Caspian" is tangible, but the whole series seems worthwhile. "The Voyage of the Dawntreader" is as good a nostalgic, escapist series as the generally well-written and underrated (by the B.B.C. notably) "Dr Who" (any fan of this should check out the Narnia adaptations and vice versa), and a tangible reminder of just how good the B.B.C. once was at making TV drama of all kinds...

Rating:- *****/*****

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