The adventures of a warren of rabbits as they struggle to develop their new home and protect it from the various threats they face.

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Series cast summary:
Andrew Falvey ...
 Fiver (39 episodes, 1999-2001)
 Bigwig (39 episodes, 1999-2001)
 Hawkbit (39 episodes, 1999-2001)
Sue Elliott-Nichols ...
 Blackberry (38 episodes, 1999-2001)
Phill Jupitus ...
 Dandelion (26 episodes, 1999-2000)
 Hazel (26 episodes, 1999-2000)
 Kehaar (26 episodes, 1999-2000)
Elliot Henderson-Boyle ...
 Pipkin (25 episodes, 1999-2000)
 Vervain / ... (24 episodes, 1999-2001)
Rob Rackstraw ...
 Campion / ... (22 episodes, 1999-2001)


Heeding the warning of a vision of their old home's destruction, a group of rabbits led by Hazel, his brother Fiver the visionary, the ever inventive doe, Blackberry, and Bigwig, a former member of their old home's military class, go in search of a new home. With the help of new found friends like Kehaar the gull and Hannah the mouse, Fiver's vision leads them to a home called Watership Down. Now, Hazel and his friends must establish their warren and protect it from the threats they face which include humans, predators, and especially the menace of a tyrannically militaristic warren led by the merciless General Woundwart. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <>

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Sir John Hurt, who provided the voice of "General Woundwort", provided the voice of "Hazel" in the 1978 movie. See more »


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In Fields of Sun
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber
Lyrics by Mike Batt
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In the long run it's good. Just goes to show what's missing with kids TV. Adventure.
18 June 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Ah memories. Coming home from boredom and stress of school. On goes the TV and ahh, nice, watership down. Maybe it was the music that got me watching this. Who knows what it was but I know what made me keep watching it.

If anyone asks me which is better: films or TV series's, I'd have to say TV series's. Why? Mainly because if you make a film you're stuck having to make it all fit into say one or two hours (three sometimes) and even when you're making a film of a book a lot can be missed out. Non readers of that book can be lost with events and sayings which were only explained in the book. With a TV series you have time to spread things out. To explore and develop characters. To explain backgrounds in detail. To really make the audience understand things. If you've seen the film then read the book you'll know what I'm talking about.

That's why I prefer this to the film. There's more of it. You can't help but be drawn into the story line. It's exciting, it's fun. It also has a darker side that gets explored. Scratch away the surface of kiddiness of this show and you'll see.

Why be restrained with only having what's in the book? Apart from spoiling the book it'll never look really good. They've made the story more politically correct by changing one character from male to female and having a main character female mouse so the cast isn't entirely male. But you get by that if you don't think much of that idea.

The underlying plot is really gripping as the rabbits find that new life on watership down isn't as safe as it seems. I won't explain in fear of spoiling the show but it's there.

As I said in the summary, there's a lack of good quality adventure stories that aren't just very very childish and bad. Maybe that's why Harry Potter is doing so well. This is childish as well, I know. After all it was made for children. It's good but some viewers may be thrown by its at first glance childishness.

I miss this kind of show.

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