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Release Date:
27 November 1993 (USA) See more »
Based on the novels of Mary Norton. See more »
The Borrowers are small, 15cm high humans who live in the English hinterland. They live out their lives in mouse-hole sized nooks in human homes... See more »
4 wins & 3 nominations See more »
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 (Series Cast Summary - 8 of 9)

Ian Holm ... Pod (6 episodes, 1992)

Penelope Wilton ... Homily (6 episodes, 1992)

Rebecca Callard ... Arrietty (6 episodes, 1992)
Paul Cross ... George (6 episodes, 1992)

Siân Phillips ... Mrs. Driver (6 episodes, 1992)

David Ryall ... Crampfurl (6 episodes, 1992)
Daniel Newman ... Spiller (4 episodes, 1992)

Tony Haygarth ... Mildeye (4 episodes, 1992)

Series Directed by
John Henderson (unknown episodes)
Series Writing credits
Richard Carpenter (unknown episodes)
Mary Norton (unknown episodes)

Series Produced by
Tim Bevan .... executive producer (unknown episodes)
Walt deFaria .... executive producer (unknown episodes)
Grainne Marmion .... producer (unknown episodes)
Fiona Morham .... line producer (unknown episodes)
Series Original Music by
Howard Goodall (unknown episodes)
Series Cinematography by
Clive Tickner (unknown episodes)
Series Film Editing by
David Yardley (unknown episodes)
Series Production Design by
Sophie Becher (unknown episodes)
Series Art Direction by
Ian Bailie (unknown episodes)
Series Costume Design by
Nic Ede (unknown episodes)
Series Makeup Department
Kimberly Dewar .... assistant makeup artist (unknown episodes)
Anne Oldham .... hair stylist / makeup artist (unknown episodes)
Alex Volpe .... assistant hair stylist (unknown episodes)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William Booker .... third assistant director (unknown episodes)
Mark Layton .... second assistant director (unknown episodes)
Barry Wasserman .... first assistant director (unknown episodes)
Series Art Department
Carl Apsey .... carpenter (unknown episodes)
Lee Apsey .... chargehand (unknown episodes)
Frank Berlin .... painter (unknown episodes)
Derek Cheedon .... stand-by props (unknown episodes)
Geoff Clarke .... stand-by stagehand (unknown episodes)
Stan Cook .... stand-by props (unknown episodes)
Mickey Eaton .... painter (unknown episodes)
Michael Fisher .... carpenter (unknown episodes)
Mick Fisher .... carpenter (unknown episodes)
Julie-Ann Fulford .... production buyer (unknown episodes)
James Gemmill .... scenic painter (unknown episodes)
Tom Hannam .... art department assistant (unknown episodes)
David Hindle .... assistant art director (unknown episodes)
Glen Ibbitson .... scenic painter (unknown episodes)
Tony Kerr .... construction manager (unknown episodes)
Benedict Lasertesse-Jones .... art department runner (unknown episodes)
Robert Mason .... stand-by painter (unknown episodes)
George Reynolds .... stagehand (unknown episodes)
Ron Ross .... carpenter (unknown episodes)
Robert Sansom .... stand-by carpenter (unknown episodes)
Reg Wheeler .... prop storeman (unknown episodes)
Steve Wheeler .... property master (unknown episodes)
Lisa Wright .... storyboard artist (unknown episodes)
Series Sound Department
Chinna Opaka .... sound trainee (unknown episodes)
Ian Voigt .... sound recordist (unknown episodes)
Series Special Effects by
Ross King .... special effects supervisor (unknown episodes)
Mark McCullough .... special effects BetaCam operator (unknown episodes)
Series Visual Effects by
David Cassicy .... blue screen supervisor (unknown episodes)
William Rigby .... supervising modelmaker (unknown episodes)
Series Stunts
Gareth Milne .... stunt arranger / stunts (unknown episodes)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Sophie Aitken .... clapper loader (unknown episodes)
William Bowe .... stand-by rigger (unknown episodes)
Steve Costello .... gaffer (unknown episodes)
Nick Coward .... video assist operator (unknown episodes)
John Curtis .... generator operator (unknown episodes)
Alfie Emmins .... best boy (unknown episodes)
Darren Gatrell .... electrician (unknown episodes)
Jeremy Hiles .... camera operator (unknown episodes)
Tom Hilton .... still photographer (unknown episodes)
Brian Kemp .... electrician (unknown episodes)
Alan Rank .... grip (unknown episodes)
John Roberts .... rigger (unknown episodes)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sara Andrews .... costume maker (unknown episodes)
Melissa Layton .... wardrobe supervisor (unknown episodes)
Series Editorial Department
James Cooper .... assistant editor (unknown episodes)
Series Transportation Department
David Becky .... unit driver (unknown episodes)
Kevin Gallagher .... driver: construction department (unknown episodes)
John Henry Wills .... driver: props (unknown episodes)
Series Other crew
Kirsty Arnold .... stand-in (unknown episodes)
Philip Barber .... metal work (unknown episodes)
Jean Bourne .... script supervisor (unknown episodes)
Magnus Boyd .... chaperone (unknown episodes)
Wendy Chandler .... properties: Hendreary (unknown episodes)
Jason D'Souza .... fabrics: Hendreary (unknown episodes)
Fiona Dunn .... assistant accountant (unknown episodes)
Rosemary Freeman .... chaperone (unknown episodes)
Jo Macdonald .... production assistant (unknown episodes)
Miara Martell .... location manager (unknown episodes)
Finn McGrath .... unit runner (unknown episodes)
Lyn Mcilraith .... fabrics: Borrowers (unknown episodes)
James Morrice .... stand-in (unknown episodes)
Louise O'Malley .... production accountant (unknown episodes)
Tori Parry .... production coordinator (unknown episodes)
Claire Phillips .... fabrics: Hendreary (unknown episodes)
Joanna Stevens .... stand-in (unknown episodes)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
Canada:170 min | USA:164 min | UK:30 min (6 episodes)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:G | Finland:K-7 (2007) (DVD) | UK:U

Did You Know?

Ian Holm and Penelope Wilton were married in real life during the time of filming.See more »
Arietty:I said I was sorry what more do you want?See more »
Movie Connections:
Version of The Borrowers (1973) (TV)See more »


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Hard to beat..., 14 August 2015
Author: Leofwine_draca from United Kingdom

THE BORROWERS is a BBC TV miniseries from 1992 and, in my mind, the definitive adaptation of the Mary Norton novels. This is the series I grew up with and watched at an impressionable age and it still delights today with its simple but sophisticated special effects and the storyline which is full of warmth and wit.

Forget Jim Broadbent and (ugh) Christopher Eccleston, Ian Holm is the definitive Pod. He brings a real world-weariness to his role as the father of the borrowing family and I love his various asides and exasperated expressions. Penelope Wilton epitomises everybody's mother and is a delight, while Rebecca Callard epitomises Arrietty pretty much perfectly.

Sure, this series has dated a little, and the special effects have been superseded by modern-day CGI, but I think they still look fantastic and I wouldn't change a thing. I particularly enjoyed seeing all the British character actors as the villains (the trio of Sian Phillips, David Ryall, and Tony Haygarth is certainly one to beat) and the fact that the miniseries format means we get to see the borrowers actually, well, borrowing and living their lives as well as all the action you'd expect. This series is a real delight.

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