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The Return of the Psammead 

Four children encounter the magic powers of Psammead, the sand fairy.








Series cast summary:
Toby Ufindell-Phillips ...  George 6 episodes, 1993
Laura Clarke ...  Ellie / ... 6 episodes, 1993
Leonard Kirby ...  Pip 6 episodes, 1993
Vicci Avery ...  Lucy 6 episodes, 1993
Polly Kemp ...  Bessie 6 episodes, 1993
Frank Taylor ...  Mr. Dobbs 6 episodes, 1993
Joanna Barrett ...  Lil Dawkins 6 episodes, 1993
Simon Slater ...  Dawkins 6 episodes, 1993
Francis Wright ...  The Psammead 6 episodes, 1993
Anna Massey ...  Aunt Marchmont 5 episodes, 1993
Calum MacPherson ...  Albert Dobbs 5 episodes, 1993
Carol MacReady ...  Cook 3 episodes, 1993
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Four children encounter the magic powers of Psammead, the sand fairy.

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The fabulous furry creature who makes children's wishes come true is back!


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In addition to writing the series, Helen Cresswell also authored a novelization. See more »

Crazy Credits

The Psammead is seen performing "Try Wishing" during the closing credits. See more »


Follows Five Children and It (1991) See more »


Written by Michael Omer
Sung by Francis Wright
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British Early 90's Period Children's' TV at its Simplest, Unpretentious Best
7 November 2017 | by diveinthedark-89834See all my reviews

I saw every episode of this back in 1993 when it premiered on the BBC,and it's fascinating watching it 25 years later as a 35- year- old!

These were the days when the media (and children alike) still appreciated period authenticity on TV; no modernisation or trendiness (save the future scene!).

Based on the classic Children's Book 'Five Children And It',it tells the story of 4 children in 1910's England who stay with their (dowdy spinster) Aunt Marchmont while their younger sibling/s have Scarlet Fever. They meet the Sand Fairy, or 'Psammead' (who's easy to mistake for a Jim Henson Puppet!) who makes all their wishes come true. That's ALL their wishes,even the ones they make as a mere figure of speech: "I wish I was invisible"; Aunt Marchmont's wish to be a child again,etc!

For the sake of this being a period but early-90's production, a favourite episode is the one where they wish to go (80 years?) into the future. They visit their house - now upgraded with refrigeration and electrical appliances - where a supposed great- granddaughter has a junior acid-house party; plenty of sloppy clothes and curtains to boost!

An considerable cast were adopted. Anna Massey plays the Aunt; think the French woman in Darling Buds Of May. The young actors who played the children were perhaps infinite unknowns; Laura Clarke and Toby Ufindell-Phillips each appear to have acted in only 1 other production. I suppose it displays the BBC's genuine pursuit of scouting fresh new talent from an basic, non-prestigious outlet.

I was also interested to find out that this production was quite big in the USA (where it was directly titled 'Return Of The Sand fairy); I'm glad they're fond of BBC TV over there!

All in all, I'll give it 9/10 for being genuine, authentic, upfront, funny, and a simply delightful production from an time when UK TV was at its climax of class,entertainment and overall quality.

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6 January 1993 (UK) See more »

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