Five children discover a Psammead in the local sand pit, they find out the Psammead will grant them three wishes.
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1991  
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Simon Godwin ...
 Cyril (6 episodes, 1991)
Nicole Mowat ...
 Anthea (6 episodes, 1991)
Charles Richards ...
 Robert (6 episodes, 1991)
Tamzen Audas ...
 Jane (6 episodes, 1991)
Lewis Wilson ...
 The Lamb (6 episodes, 1991)
Alexander Wilson ...
 The Lamb (6 episodes, 1991)
Laura Brattan ...
 Martha (6 episodes, 1991)
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 The Psammead (6 episodes, 1991)
Paul Shearer ...
 Andrew (4 episodes, 1991)
Penny Morrell ...
 Lady Chittenden (3 episodes, 1991)
David Garlick ...
 Groom (3 episodes, 1991)
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Five children discover a Psammead in the local sand pit, they find out the Psammead will grant them three wishes.

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Family | Fantasy

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9 January 1991 (UK)  »

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The Sand Fairy  »

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The lyrics to the "Wishing" song, which The Psammead performs during the closing credits are: When you want you're heart's desire/And there's nothing but the fire/Of a madly yearning wild imagination/When all you have to do is choose/And if you don't your bound to loose/Something special in your life will pass you by/Castles in the air/Or a chest purest gold/Start a quest/Before you're old/Try wishing/A little harder every day/Wishing/To chase the clouds away!/In the twinkling of an eye/You'll grow tall/or even fly/You won't know until you try/So do/And in the magic that you find/Dream your dream away. See more »

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The Psammead is seen singing "Wishing" during the closing credits. See more »

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Followed by The Return of the Psammead (1993) See more »

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Wishing
Composed by Michael Omer
Sung by Francis Wright
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Enchanting children's fantasy with genuine escapism.

This was made as a six part serial for the BBC in 1991. It was very successful and much of this is due to the quirky charm of the Psammead, a sand fairy. The story is a faithful adaptation of E.Nesbit's classic novel and possesses all of the enchantment and magic of the original. The children happen on an ancient and temperamental sand fairy, the Psammead, as they play in a gravel pit. It finds itself compelled to grant three wishes a day which it does somewhat resentfully by inflating its wrinkly stomach, these moments alone are well worth the price of the video (the DVD fully remastered with extras is due for release in October 2004). This is well worth a look.


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