Young Dora is sent to stay with her uncle on his farm in rural England while her parents travel overseas for a year. Seeing as she has a love for horses, her uncle suggests she visit ... See full summary »
Young Dora is sent to stay with her uncle on his farm in rural England while her parents travel overseas for a year. Seeing as she has a love for horses, her uncle suggests she visit Follyfoot Farm, which is a part of his estate that looks after unwanted and unloved horses. It is only here that Dora feels truly happy, but what will happen when her parents return? Written by
Kevin Steinhauer <K.Steinhauer@BoM.GOV.AU>
The TV series was based on the novel "Cobbler's Dream" by Monica Dickens. In this book, the farm was not named. The name "Follyfoot Farm" was devised by Tamara Essex, daughter of the programme's producer and writer Tony Essex, based on the village of Follifoot (note the slightly different spelling) in North Yorkshire, which was a few miles from Hollin Farm, the location used for the farm in the series. Monica Dickens wrote several more books in the early 1970s to coincide with the TV series, and referred to the previously un-named farm as "Follyfoot Farm" in those books. See more »
Forget the show, which never grabbed me as a kid, but that theme tune. The haunting sounds of folkies The Settlers singing The Lightning Tree (a symbol of the show) is my favourite TV theme. It took me ages to find the record, but since I did it's never been off my turntable. Time someone sampled it really - I put it on a tape and brought it into work and everyone was entranced by it. Best theme tune of all time? You decide.
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