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Sky Hunter: Part 1 - Strangers on the Canal 

Three children uncover a crime ring involved in the illegal bird trade.




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Episode cast overview:
Luke Batchelor ...
Lennox Greaves ...
Tom Roberts, the birdman
Isobil Nisbet ...
'Cat' Mary MacBride
Emma Jean Richards ...
Sharon Blake
Mike Savage ...
Bert Badger
Jayne Tottman ...
Jackie Blake
Donald Waugh ...
Nigel Anthony ...
Narrator (voice)
Charles Collingwood ...
Derek Griffiths ...
Michael Maynard ...
Dave Royal ...
Julie Stevens ...


Three kids go on a canal boat holiday. They spot a rare peregrine falcon flying about and meet a pair of dumb crooks who're trying to nab it. They confide in their friend, who runs a local junk shop, and they all go to investigate. Mr Trim turns out to be the mastermind behind the illegal bird trade in eggs the area, a man called Badger and a woman called Cat Mary. The only threat to their plan is another dodgy-looking bloke, whom the children call The Birdman because they suspect he's the thief. The Birdman is keeping the villains' house under observation as he is actually an RSPB inspector, so Trim and co trick the kids into sending a coded telegram to Trim's buyer. The kids find out what's going on, but when they go to check out Trim's shop Jackie is caught. The Birdman helps the two lads get away, and reveals to the kids he is on the trail of Badger, Mary and Trim. Butch and Trevor find a secret message from Jackie and set off towards London Zoo, where the crooks are planning to ... Written by purplehippy

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19 September 1978 (UK)  »

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The programme that made me fall in love with Peregrine Falcons
19 September 2011 | by See all my reviews

I am old enough to remember seeing this in the early 80s at school, this programme was the first one I can remember watching that made me think about the horrible things mankind do to animals and also made me fall in love with Peregrine Falcons.

Now 30yrs later they are still my favourite bird and I've spent most of my life campaigning and making people aware of the beauty and fragility in nature and all because of one afternoon in school sitting cross legged on an uncomfortable TV room floor.

This is the only programme out of the series of 'Look and Read' school programmes that has stuck with me throughout my life

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