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The Treasure Seekers -- Widower Richard Bastable (Nicholas Farrell, Chariots of Fire) faces financial ruin if he cannot complete his new invention, a refrigeration machine.


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Widower Richard Bastable (Nicholas Farrell, Chariots of Fire) faces financial ruin if he cannot complete his new invention, a refrigeration machine. | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Camilla Power ... Dora Bastable

Felicity Jones ... Alice Bastable
Kristopher Milnes ... Oswald Bastable
Ben Simpson ... Noel Bastable
William Forde ... H.O. Bastable
Patsy Byrne ... Eliza

Nicholas Farrell ... Bastable
Tom Georgeson ... Bates

Ian Richardson ... Haig
Alexander Harding ... Albert-Next-Door

James Wilby ... Henry Carlisle

Gina McKee ... Mary Leslie
Roger Sloman ... Wiggins

Nigel Davenport ... Lord Blackstock

Peter Capaldi ... Jellicoe

John Sessions ... Redman
Tom Bowles ... Young Wincott

Donald Sinden ... Old Wincott

Keira Knightley ... The Princess
Janet Henfrey ... Governess

Dermot Keaney ... Burglar
Peter Jeffrey ... Wentworth
Ann Firbank ... Emily
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gavin MacFadyen ... Narrator

Directed by
Juliet May 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Olivia Hetreed 
E. Nesbit  novel

Produced by
Michael Forte .... executive producer
Margaret Glover .... associate producer
Alan Horrox .... producer
Yvonne Sellins .... line producer
Original Music by
Tony Flynn 
Cinematography by
David Higgs 
Film Editing by
Michael Pike 
Production Design by
Ian Russell 
Costume Design by
Pam Downe 
Makeup Department
Clare Le Vesconte .... hair stylist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jethro Ensor .... third assistant director
Cliff Pinnock .... first assistant director
Sacha Whitmarsh .... second assistant director
Art Department
Lisa McDiarmid .... stand-by art director
Jonathan Pilcher .... art department assistant
Lee Turnham .... props
Sound Department
Chris Ashworth .... sound mixer
Chris Pickhaver .... boom operator
Joss Gower .... stunt double
Camera and Electrical Department
Stewart Hadley .... gaffer
Nathan Mann .... camera operator
Jim Monks .... grip
Other crew
Garance Rawinsky .... location manager
Diana Sprott .... script supervisor

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UK:97 min (DVD)
Sound Mix:
Netherlands:AL (2009) (DVD)

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In 2014 two of the young actresses in this film, Felicity Jones and Keira Knightley, were nominated for Academy Awards in different movies.See more »


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Good children's story, for adults too, 24 April 2014
Author: SimonJack from United States

"The Treasure Seekers" is a very good and entertaining film set in England in the early 19th century. It's a British TV production based on a book by E. Nesbit. I confess that I don't recall having known or heard about Edith Nesbit. She was an author and poet who wrote or co- wrote more than 60 fiction books for children. She lived from 1858 to 1924.

While this TV movie doesn't say when it takes place, one can date the time by the father's efforts to invent refrigeration. No one person can lay claim to the title of inventor of the refrigerator. The encyclopedias mention several different inventors in Great Britain, the U.S., France and elsewhere. Each developed a different method of refrigeration between 1805 and 1859.

This is a pleasant story about five children of the Bastable family who set out to help save their home and their inventor father from financial ruin. The actors are all very good. The production qualities all are very good as well. Two or three non-family members comment during the movie how Bastable has a wonderful bunch of children, or that his children are very lively. I won't give away the whole story, but have this one observation. While the kids mean well in what they do, most of them do things that disobey their father. And, each time it causes considerable problems for the father and the family. I think they could be lively without being disobedient. Until the mid-20th century in America, children behaved generally very well. They were obedient, well- mannered and respectful.

So, I wonder if this production was a modern adaptation of the book, still setting it back in time. Or, did Ms. Nesbit actually write these lively characters to be disobedient as portrayed? Of course, one of those actions of disobedience led to connections that eventually were the salvation of the family. The movie shows clearly the problems that arise from the acts of disobedience, and it shows the regret of each child after wards.

This is a fun story and one that I think the whole family would enjoy.

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