Five children discover a Psammead in the local sand pit, they find out the Psammead will grant them three wishes.




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Series cast summary:
Simon Godwin ...
Nicole Mowat ...
Charles Richards ...
Tamzen Audas ...
Lewis Wilson ...
 The Lamb 6 episodes, 1991
Alexander Wilson ...
 The Lamb 6 episodes, 1991
Laura Brattan ...
Paul Shearer ...
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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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Release Date:

9 January 1991 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

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 »


The Psammead: [singing the "Wishing" song during the closing credits] When you want your heart's desire and there is nothing but the fire of a madly yearning wild imagination. When all you have to do is choose and if you don't, you're bound to loose, something special in your life will pass you by. Castles in the air or a chest of purest gold. Cast aside despair, start a quest, before you're old. Try wishing, a little harder everyday. Wishing, to chase the clouds away. In the twinkling of a eye, you could ...
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The Psammead is seen singing "Wishing" during the closing credits. See more »


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Composed by Michael Omer
Sung by Francis Wright
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Beautifully done childlike fantasy film
29 April 2002 | by See all my reviews

This is a beautiful adaptation of an Edith Nesbitt book, very full of a beautiful childlike innocence and wonder. The Sand Fairy(or Psammead) is one of the best creature puppets I have ever seen- its movements are amazingly lifelike and full of personality. An excellent fantasy film- highly recommended.

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