The Demon Headmaster (1996–1998)

TV Series  |   |  Drama, Family
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.7/10 from 394 users  
Reviews: 3 user

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.

0Check in




3   2   1  
1998   1996  
1 nomination. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Queen's Nose (TV Series 1995)
Comedy | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Children's series about a magic coin that can grant wishes.

Stars: Heather-Jay Jones, Dominique Moore, Ella Jones
Adventure | Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

The true story of Sherwood Forest is finally revealed: Robin was a cowardly tailor from Kensington, and Marian was the brains behind the Merry Men. With her ruthless band of freedom ... See full summary »

Stars: Kate Lonergan, Adam Morris, Danny John-Jules
Art Attack (1990–2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

An educational series presenting various art project suggestions and creations.

Stars: Neil Buchanan, Peter Corey, Mitchell Knight
ChuckleVision (1987–2009)
Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Crazy antics ensue when Barry and Paul Chuckle get into various exaggerated situations.

Stars: Barry Chuckle, Paul Chuckle, Jimmy Patton
My Parents Are Aliens (1999–2006)
Comedy | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

The day to day life's of three orphaned children who are adopted by aliens that have trouble adjusting to the local culture.

Stars: Tony Gardner, Carla Mendonça, Patrick Niknejad
SuperTed (TV Series 1982)
Animation | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

In a toy factory, after being made, a teddy bear is put in a storeroom after being deposed. The teddy bear is found by a cosmic being from outer space known as Spotty Man, and Spotty Man ... See full summary »

Stars: Jon Pertwee, Derek Griffiths, Peter Hawkins
The Trap Door (TV Series 1984)
Animation | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

3D plasticine animation, featuring Berk, a blue creature who lives as servant to the unseen 'Thing Upstairs' in an old dark house. Every time the trap door opens a new adventure begins for ... See full summary »

Stars: William Rushton
Bananaman (1983–1986)
Animation | Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Stupid, but well-meaning and super-strong super-hero, Bananaman gets his strength from eating bananas. Before he eats a banana, Bananaman is a young boy called Eric who is keen to keep his ... See full summary »

Stars: Graeme Garden, Bill Oddie, Tim Brooke-Taylor
Brum (TV Series 1991)
Animation | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Brum is a car who loves to go around the city each day. Follow him as he helps save the day by identifying criminals, dances with people and sometimes even gets up to no good, only to be helpful later.

Stars: Adam Schumacher, Yemi Adenle, Dan Carey
The Raggy Dolls (1986–1994)
Animation | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

This features toys which have been thrown in a factory reject bin but come to life and have adventures. This time though they are dolls and, rather than becoming superheroes and saving ... See full summary »

Stars: Neil Innes
Round the Twist (TV Series 1989)
Comedy | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Tony Twist and his three children - thirteen year old twins Pete and Linda and nine year old Bronson - move to an old lighthouse on the rugged Australian Coast. They soon discover that the ... See full summary »

Stars: Mark Mitchell, Esben Storm, Rian McLean
Mona the Vampire (TV Series 1999)
Animation | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

An animated TV series about a girl called Mona, a young girl with a vivid imagination. She believes her hometown is overrun with supernatural monsters, and she plans to stop them all and save the town on a daily basis.

Stars: Emma Taylor-Isherwood, Carrie Finlay, Gabrielle Lazarovitz


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)
Katey Crawford Kastin ...
 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.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Drama | Family





Release Date:

2 January 1996 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Riivattu rehtori  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


(19 episodes)


See  »

Did You Know?


The Headmaster is the only character within the series to wear glasses. See more »


Spin-off The Demon Headmaster Takes Over TV (1997) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

Great books, great TV series
8 August 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Even as a child I loved the books, they were well written, interesting and funny and the character of The Demon Headmaster stuck in my head for a long time. Apart from one or two underused secondary characters, this was very good. As an adaptation it sticks true to the books' spirit, and is just as well written and interesting. And yes, The Demon Headmaster is very memorable here.

The production values are pretty good, same with the music, while the script has a good balance of humour and intelligence and the story is interesting and doesn't meander. The characters are great, Dinah is smart and brave and Lloyd and Harvey bring a smart and light-hearted touch. But I have to say The Demon Headmaster is the best character of all. The acting I had little problem with, Terence Hardimann is especially excellent in the title role, very cold and terrifying.

In conclusion, a great series and a solid adaptation too. 9/10 Bethany Cox

4 of 4 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
TV show help! dudphilips2001
I must be going mad! Sure I saw this in the 80s. artilevel
The Demon Headmaster takes over TV reddragon30000
Series 1 OFFICIAL DVD djarmhp
DVD Release in the UK nathlloyd1
Discuss The Demon Headmaster (1996) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: