Dinah Glass moves in with a new foster family and begins to attend the same school as her new foster brothers. But there is something very strange going on at the school. BBC adaptation of the children's novels by Gillian Cross.




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Series cast summary:
Terrence Hardiman ...
 The Demon Headmaster / ... (19 episodes, 1996-1998)
Frances Amey ...
 Dinah Hunter / ... (19 episodes, 1996-1998)
Gunnar Atli Cauthery ...
 Lloyd Hunter (19 episodes, 1996-1998)
Kristy Bruce ...
 Ingrid (19 episodes, 1996-1998)
Thomas Szekeres ...
 Harvey Hunter (19 episodes, 1996-1998)
Rachael Goodyer ...
 Mandy (19 episodes, 1996-1998)
Anthony Cumber ...
 Ian (18 episodes, 1996-1998)
 Mrs. Hunter (17 episodes, 1996-1998)
 Rose Carter (10 episodes, 1996)


Dinah Glass is a young girl, nervous about joining her new foster family; The Hunters. Although the parents are welcoming, the two brothers (Harvey and Lloyd) are more cautious but that's the least of her problems once she starts at her new school. The headmaster is intent on order and the pupils are unusually willing to obey, except for a few. What is going on and just what is the headmaster up to? Dinah hopes to find out, if she can just win the trust of Harvey and Lloyd.

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2 January 1996 (UK)  »

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the demon headmaster - a classic
22 April 2005 | by (london, england) – See all my reviews

There are some reviews on here, how the demon headmaster isn't very good. Well i watched this series first hand, coming home from school to watch it every Wednesday (as i remember) and i loved it! It was the talk of the school, everyone loved it, to watch it now first hand wouldn't be fair, as its years old to criticise it!! the second series wasn't as good, but the demon headmaster is brilliant!!! and it gave me and all my friends, great entertainment when we were kids!! The demon headmaster has to be a classic kids program!! i loved it!! I remember the way his eyes use to go, and hypnotise the characters, and the growing plants. i think most people who watched it after school, would agree it was one of the best kid programs!

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