A motley group of people - a Russian princess, an English poet and a retired Scots grocer among them - are brought together at Huntingtower. But why?




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Series cast summary:
Paul Curran ...  Dickson McCunn 6 episodes, 1978
Peter Settelen ...  John Heritage 6 episodes, 1978
Iain Andrew Iain Andrew ...  Dougal 6 episodes, 1978
Neil Crossan Neil Crossan ...  Old Bill 6 episodes, 1978
Eric Cullen Eric Cullen ...  Wee Jaikie 6 episodes, 1978
Andrew Faulds ...  James Loudon 6 episodes, 1978
Alan Hunt Alan Hunt ...  Peter Paterson 6 episodes, 1978
Emma Jacobs Emma Jacobs ...  Princess Saskia 6 episodes, 1978
John Keenan John Keenan ...  Tammas Yownie 6 episodes, 1978
Stanley Lebor ...  Leon 6 episodes, 1978
Liam O'Callaghan Liam O'Callaghan ...  Dobson 6 episodes, 1978
Iain Stewart ...  Napoleon 6 episodes, 1978
Jean Taylor Smith Jean Taylor Smith ...  Mrs. Morran 6 episodes, 1978
Izabella Telezynska ...  Eugenie 6 episodes, 1978
Bill Armour Bill Armour ...  Tinker 5 episodes, 1978
Shane Briant ...  Alexis 5 episodes, 1978
Jake D'Arcy Jake D'Arcy ...  Tinker 5 episodes, 1978
James Kennedy James Kennedy ...  Tinker 5 episodes, 1978
Tutte Lemkow ...  Spidel 5 episodes, 1978
Hans Mater Hans Mater ...  Tinker 5 episodes, 1978
Victor Carin Victor Carin ...  McGuffog 3 episodes, 1978
Tom Watson Tom Watson ...  Sime 3 episodes, 1978
David Wood ...  Sir Archibald Roylance 3 episodes, 1978


A motley group of people - a Russian princess, an English poet and a retired Scots grocer among them - are brought together at Huntingtower. But why?

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One of the finest BBC children's serials ever
12 January 2006 | by mcnpaulsSee all my reviews

I saw this both times when it was shown - when I was around 10 - and it started a lifelong devotion to John Buchan. As a working class Scottish kid, I could barely believe that I was watching a brilliant historical adventure story that featured heroes who came from my background and who weren't much older than me. All of the lads in my class at school loved it, too. The magnificent performance by the young actor who played Dougal, the leader of the Gorbals Diehards, still stays with me as a superb performance by a boy actor, and he captures much of the warrior-leader genius of the character from the novel.

The old guy who plays Dickson McCunn was also brilliant, too, as the elderly, mild-mannered retired grocer who discovers he's actually a hero. The memory of the final scene of the six Diehards saluting him as he drives past them still brings a lump to the throat and a tear to the eye.

Finally, David Wood as Sir Archibald Roylance is another great portrayal of a Buchan hero. (Wood was also the greatest ever Gollum - forget Jackson's LOTR in "The Hobbit" as adapted by "Jackanory".

I wish this would come out on DVD or be repeated so my own sons can see it.

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22 October 1978 (UK) See more »

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