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The Tale of the Dollmaker 

A girl goes to visit her friend in the country, but learns she has mysteriously disappeared!



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Episode cast overview:
Maia Filar ...
Susan Henderson
Eve Crawford ...
Aunt Sally
Sam Stone ...
Uncle Pete
Jason Alisharan ...
Ross Hull ...
Raine Pare-Coull ...
Jodie Resther ...
Sam (as Joanna Garcia)


A girl goes to visit her friend in the country, but learns she has mysteriously disappeared!

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5 February 1994 (Canada)  »

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(52 episodes)


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Uncle Pete: Hey Melissa! I've got some work to do on the septic tank! Wanna lend a hand?
Melissa: Gee, septic tank, sounds like fun, but uh, I think I'll pass...
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Welcome to the dollhouse.
18 May 2014 | by (Edinburgh.) – See all my reviews

Melissa (Maia Filar) is spending some holiday time with her aunt and uncle, as usual, and looking forward to catching up with a friend, Susan (Amanda Walsh). Unfortunately, Susan has disappeared. Her family have left their home, maintaining ownership of the property in case Susan one day finds her way back. Snooping around where Susan used to live, Melissa finds an old dollhouse that seems to play tricks on her mind. Is it the key to Susan's disappearance?

Written by David Preston, this is a solid supernatural tale. It's just a shame that it doesn't live up to the potential of the title. Dolls are spooky, and this episode has one or two spooky moments, but it could have been much better.

Director David Winning does a decent job of mixing the tension with the plot developments. The cast are of the usual standard, but the weaker elements of the episode (acting, a lack of big scares) are compensated for by a brisk pace and decent levels of tension for younger viewers to enjoy.

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