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Five Children and It 

Five children discover a Psammead in the local sand pit, they find out the Psammead will grant them three wishes.




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Series cast summary:
Simon Godwin Simon Godwin ...  Cyril 6 episodes, 1991
Nicole Mowat Nicole Mowat ...  Anthea 6 episodes, 1991
Charles Richards Charles Richards ...  Robert 6 episodes, 1991
Tamzen Audas Tamzen Audas ...  Jane 6 episodes, 1991
Lewis Wilson Lewis Wilson ...  The Lamb 6 episodes, 1991
Alexander Wilson Alexander Wilson ...  The Lamb 6 episodes, 1991
Laura Brattan Laura Brattan ...  Martha 6 episodes, 1991
Francis Wright ...  The Psammead 6 episodes, 1991
Paul Shearer Paul Shearer ...  Andrew 4 episodes, 1991
Penny Morrell Penny Morrell ...  Lady Chittenden 3 episodes, 1991
David Garlick David Garlick ...  Groom 3 episodes, 1991


Five children discover a Psammead in the local sand pit, they find out the Psammead will grant them three wishes.

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Release Date:

9 January 1991 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The Sand Fairy See more »

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(6 episodes)


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The lyrics to the "Wishing" song, which The Psammead performs during the closing credits are: When you want you're heart's desire/And there's nothing but the fire/Of a madly yearning wild imagination/When all you have to do is choose/And if you don't your bound to loose/Something special in your life will pass you by/Castles in the air/Or a chest purest gold/Start a quest/Before you're old/Try wishing/A little harder every day/Wishing/To chase the clouds away!/In the twinkling of an eye/You'll grow tall/or even fly/You won't know until you try/So do/And in the magic that you find/Dream your dream away. See more »


The Psammead: [singing the "Wishing" song during the closing credits] When you want your heart's desire and there is nothing but the fire of a madly yearning wild imagination. When all you have to do is choose and if you don't, you're bound to loose, something special in your life will pass you by. Castles in the air or a chest of purest gold. Cast aside despair, start a quest, before you're old. Try wishing, a little harder everyday. Wishing, to chase the clouds away. In the twinkling of a eye, you could ...
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The Psammead is seen singing "Wishing" during the closing credits. See more »


Followed by The Return of the Psammead (1993) See more »


Composed by Michael Omer
Sung by Francis Wright
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Childhood favourite
29 September 2015 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

FIVE CHILDREN AND IT is another sterling example of Children's BBC back when they made decent, cultured fare for children. This one's a six-part adaptation of the E. Nesbit (THE RAILWAY CHILDREN) novel, featuring a quartet of kids who discover a mysterious Psammead (or 'Sand Fairy') living in the local sandpit who has the power to grant a wish a day.

Okay, the quality of this production - not to mention the acting - isn't up with the likes of, say, THE BORROWERS, but it's still a lot of fun and I loved it as a kid. The child cast are, shall we say enthusiastic, if not incredibly talented, but they come second to the excellent Psammead, whose combination of animatronics, voice acting, and mannerisms is unforgettable. I particularly love the way he sings the lyrical song over the closing credits.

Each of the six episodes offers a mixture of mini-adventures as the kids wish for something that inevitably goes wrong somehow. The special effects are dated, but the budget extends to some fairly impressive milieus of circuses and medieval castles. Some of the sub-plots are better than others, but there's plenty of wry humour which works well, and by the end you've fallen in love with both characters and Psammead. A sequel, RETURN OF THE PSAMMEAD, followed, but avoid the 2004 Hollywood-ised film like the plague; it takes the original novel, shreds it, and throws in nonsense about dinosaurs and assorted nonsense.

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