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The Demon Headmaster takes over television, subjecting the population to 24-hour news coverage. In order to defeat him, the CBBC presenters must play various CBBC game shows to reach 100% on the entertainment scale.
The show is adapted from four of Gillian Cross's "Demon Headmaster" novels. The first half of the first series is adapted from "The Demon Headmaster", the second half is adapted from "The Prime Minister"s Brain", the second series is adapted from "The Demon Headmaster Strikes Again" and the third series is adapted from "The Demon Headmaster Takes Over". See more »
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
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