I remember seeing some episodes of this when I must have been 18. A bit old for children's stories, but this was strangely compelling. I remember Hattie Jacques was in it, and there was a rather dark and menacing atmosphere to the story. There was a character who painted furniture on the wall and thought they were real. There was a spooky rolling pumpkin. And a Black Leaf it was somehow vital to find. All this stayed in my mind but I never came across the story elsewhere and couldn't even remember the name of the TV series. By accident a few years ago I came across a paperback of the book it was based on, and recognised the story from the synopsis. The name of Hattie Jacques' TV character isn't in the book (perhaps they changed it), but the story seems about the same. It starts like Enid Blyton but becomes much darker - perhaps the author was influenced by the horror of the 1st world war at that time.
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