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Children of the Stones 

Scientist Adam Brake and his son Matthew arrive in the sleepy English village of Milbury to find it under the grip of weird psychic powers unleashed by the sinister village squire, Hendrick... See full summary »






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Series cast summary:
Gareth Thomas ...  Adam Brake 7 episodes, 1977
Veronica Strong Veronica Strong ...  Margaret 7 episodes, 1977
Peter Demin Peter Demin ...  Matthew Brake 7 episodes, 1977
Ruth Dunning Ruth Dunning ...  Mrs. Crabtree 7 episodes, 1977
Iain Cuthbertson ...  Rafael Hendrick / ... 6 episodes, 1977
Katharine Levy Katharine Levy ...  Sandra 6 episodes, 1977
Freddie Jones ...  Dai 5 episodes, 1977
John Woodnutt ...  Link 3 episodes, 1977
Peggy Ann Wood Peggy Ann Wood ...  Mrs. Warner 3 episodes, 1977
Darren Hatch Darren Hatch ...  Kevin 3 episodes, 1977
Ian Donnelly ...  Bob 3 episodes, 1977


Scientist Adam Brake and his son Matthew arrive in the sleepy English village of Milbury to find it under the grip of weird psychic powers unleashed by the sinister village squire, Hendrick, and whose power they struggle to break. Written by S.Lake <s.lake@surrey.ac.uk>

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Release Date:

10 January 1977 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Children of the Stones See more »

Filming Locations:

Avebury, Wiltshire, England, UK

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(7 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Rebroadcast in the United States as part of "The Third Eye" mini-series, first aired 1983 on the children's televison network Nickelodeon See more »


Adam is described as an astrophysicist, but appears to be concerned only with geology. See more »

Alternate Versions

The original British release divided each episode into two parts. The text "Part One" and "Part Two" were displayed on the screen at the start of each segment. This did not carry over to the American versions of the series, which ran each episode as a single segment. See more »


Featured in The 100 Greatest Scary Moments (2003) See more »

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Spine tingling fun for kids (of all ages!)
8 September 2002 | by gnbSee all my reviews

If ever any one ITV region was the head of the pack when it came to producing children's TV, then HTV West, on the merit of "Children of the Stones" alone, would be it.

Broadcast in 1977, COTS is a 7-part fantasy series set in the fictional village of Milbury. Starring a pre-Blake's 7 Gareth Thomas and 70s telly stalwart Iain Cuthbertson, this delightful little series concerns a scientist and his son's attempts to discover the secret power behind the Milbury stone circle.

This is an incredibly eerie sci-fi series and to call it a kids show is a bit of an insult. It is a well crafted tale, brought to the screen with some very adept direction and a remarkably haunting musical score.

The performances from the cast are uniformly excellent and special praise must got to the talented youngsters involved.

If you can get a hold of this tremendous series then I can highly recommend it. However, it has been deleted on video in the UK for some time.

COTS is kids TV at its best - thoughtfully written, well acted, amazingly directed and a delightful, summery, eerie masterpiece. Because of its folksy score and pagan references COTS has been referred to as "The Wicker Man" for kids - it could be called a lot worse.

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