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9 January 1991 (UK) See more »
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 - 11 of 18)
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)

Francis Wright ... The Psammead (6 episodes, 1991)
Paul Shearer ... Andrew (4 episodes, 1991)
Penny Morrell ... Lady Chittenden (3 episodes, 1991)
David Garlick ... Groom (3 episodes, 1991)

Series Directed by
Marilyn Fox (6 episodes, 1991)
Series Writing credits
Helen Cresswell (6 episodes, 1991)
E. Nesbit (6 episodes, 1991)

Series Produced by
Richard Callanan .... producer (6 episodes, 1991)
Series Original Music by
Michael Omer (6 episodes, 1991)
Series Production Design by
Humphrey Jaeger (6 episodes, 1991)
Series Costume Design by
James Keast (6 episodes, 1991)
Series Makeup Department
Victoria Pocock .... makeup designer (6 episodes, 1991)
Series Production Management
Oliver Cookson .... production manager (6 episodes, 1991)
Series Art Department
Laura Richardson .... properties buyer (6 episodes, 1991)
Linda Sherwood-Page .... graphic designer (6 episodes, 1991)
Series Sound Department
Martin Broadfoot .... sound recordist (6 episodes, 1991)
John Downes .... dubbing mixer (6 episodes, 1991)
Series Special Effects by
James Davis .... special effects (6 episodes, 1991)
Andy Frazer .... special effects (6 episodes, 1991)
Alan Groves .... special effects (6 episodes, 1991)
Mark Holt .... special effects (6 episodes, 1991)
Paul McGuinness .... special effects (6 episodes, 1991)
Series Visual Effects by
Malcolm James .... visual effects designer (6 episodes, 1991)
Adam McInnes .... video effects (6 episodes, 1991)
Series Stunts
John Waller .... stunt arranger (2 episodes, 1991)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
David Gautier .... video camera (6 episodes, 1991)
John King .... lighting director (6 episodes, 1991)
Pete Lester .... vision control (6 episodes, 1991)
Series Editorial Department
Stephen Newnham .... videotape editor (6 episodes, 1991)
Series Location Management
Charles Whaley .... location manager (6 episodes, 1991)
Series Other crew
Sharon Bradley .... assistant floor manager (6 episodes, 1991)
Alison Law .... production associate (6 episodes, 1991)
Mary McKernan .... production assistant (6 episodes, 1991)
Camilla McNair .... assistant floor manager (6 episodes, 1991)

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Also Known As:
"The Sand Fairy" - USA (video title)
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UK:25 min (6 episodes)

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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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Childhood favourite, 29 September 2015
Author: Leofwine_draca from United Kingdom

FIVE CHILDREN AND IT is another sterling example of Children's BBC back when they made decent, cultured fare for children. This one's a six-part adaptation of the E. Nesbit (THE RAILWAY CHILDREN) novel, featuring a quartet of kids who discover a mysterious Psammead (or 'Sand Fairy') living in the local sandpit who has the power to grant a wish a day.

Okay, the quality of this production - not to mention the acting - isn't up with the likes of, say, THE BORROWERS, but it's still a lot of fun and I loved it as a kid. The child cast are, shall we say enthusiastic, if not incredibly talented, but they come second to the excellent Psammead, whose combination of animatronics, voice acting, and mannerisms is unforgettable. I particularly love the way he sings the lyrical song over the closing credits.

Each of the six episodes offers a mixture of mini-adventures as the kids wish for something that inevitably goes wrong somehow. The special effects are dated, but the budget extends to some fairly impressive milieus of circuses and medieval castles. Some of the sub-plots are better than others, but there's plenty of wry humour which works well, and by the end you've fallen in love with both characters and Psammead. A sequel, RETURN OF THE PSAMMEAD, followed, but avoid the 2004 Hollywood-ised film like the plague; it takes the original novel, shreds it, and throws in nonsense about dinosaurs and assorted nonsense.

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