/ Help with children's TV program from the 80s

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Sebastian Fontleroy - on 04 Feb 2013
This is an offshoot from the 'Things that used to scare you as a kid' thread. I'm trying to remember a children's TV program from the 80s. It wasn't the Children of the Stones or the Tomorrow People but it was similar and strange and had a load of teenagers running around some type of stately home and gardens like Tatton Park and i think there were statues of animals that came to life.

Anyone remember it?

Cheers
Seb
doz generale - on 04 Feb 2013
In reply to Sebastian Fontleroy:

Dark towers?
Sebastian Fontleroy - on 04 Feb 2013
In reply to doz generale:

Hang on i'll just check on youtube. That sounds good though. Cheers
Sebastian Fontleroy - on 04 Feb 2013
In reply to doz generale:

No it's not that. Something similar though. I can remember things turning to stone for some reason.
Tom Last - on 04 Feb 2013
In reply to Sebastian Fontleroy:

Moondial with Helena Bonham Carter?
Sebastian Fontleroy - on 04 Feb 2013
In reply to Southern Man:

That's the one, cheers :)
Blue Straggler - on 04 Feb 2013
In reply to Southern Man:
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> Moondial with Helena Bonham Carter?

that wasn't HBC, it was Siri Neal (who was rather memorable, even if only a minor support role, a few years later in The Cloning of Joanna May)
Tom Last - on 04 Feb 2013
In reply to Blue Straggler:
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> that wasn't HBC, it was Siri Neal (who was rather memorable, even if only a minor support role, a few years later in The Cloning of Joanna May)

Good knowledge, dunno where I got HBC from then funny how your memory plays tricks on you!
Sebastian Fontleroy - on 05 Feb 2013
In reply to Southern Man:
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> Moondial with Helena Bonham Carter?


Actually just had a look through the Moondial clips on youtube and it looks similar but that isn't the program i'm looking for. I specifically remember statues coming to life like dinosaurs or dragons?

RockAngel on 05 Feb 2013
In reply to Sebastian Fontleroy: Tom's Midnight Garden?

anyhoos, found this link that you might find useful: http://www.mjsimpson.co.uk/timeline/1980s.html
Turdus torquatus on 05 Feb 2013
In reply to Sebastian Fontleroy:

The Enchanted Castle

Sebastian Fontleroy - on 05 Feb 2013
In reply to RockAngel:

Thanks for that link, very interesting. Will check out Tom's Midnight Garden and Enchanted Castle on youtube.
ice.solo - on 06 Feb 2013
In reply to Blue Straggler:
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> that wasn't HBC, it was Siri Neal (who was rather memorable, even if only a minor support role, a few years later in The Cloning of Joanna May)

how the hell do you know these things?
Dauphin - on 06 Feb 2013
In reply to Sebastian Fontleroy:

Yeah, Sometimes I'm reminded of it walking around stately home gardens or London parks but I'm not sure what it was called. None of the above though. Found the Phoenix & the Carpet while looking for it though which made me smile. All frightfully plummy though ain't it?

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Sebastian Fontleroy - on 06 Feb 2013
In reply to Dauphin:
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> Yeah, Sometimes I'm reminded of it walking around stately home gardens or London parks but I'm not sure what it was called. None of the above though. Found the Phoenix & the Carpet while looking for it though which made me smile. All frightfully plummy though ain't it?
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Yeah, very plummy. It seems there were a lot of very similar programs made at the time, Children of Green Knowe being another one. I think a lot of 70s and 80s children's programs were influenced by the evacuations in the war and CS Lewis. Lots of middle class kids running around stately homes getting into adventures.

I haven't been able to check The Enchanted Castle yet as not on Youtube.
Turdus torquatus on 07 Feb 2013
In reply to Sebastian Fontleroy:

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> I haven't been able to check The Enchanted Castle yet as not on Youtube.

I think the series has been lost. There's some discussion here:

http://www.sausagenet.org/YaBB.pl?num=1200488105/0



Bobling - on 07 Feb 2013
In reply to Sebastian Fontleroy:

Wow, just watched the first few minutes of the Moondial and am amazed by how it appears to be a prequel to Resident Evil. All that's missing are Zombies!
ThunderCat - on 07 Feb 2013
In reply to Bobling:

As a complete tangent (but sort of on the subject of 80's / 90's tv programs)...remember Knightmare? Kid in a helmet directed around a digitally created dungeon?

I was on that.

crustypunkuk - on 07 Feb 2013
In reply to ThunderCat:
I was desperate to be on that when i were a lad. Think i wrote 3 times to try and get on, but never managed.
ThunderCat - on 07 Feb 2013
In reply to crustypunkuk:
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> I was desperate to be on that when i were a lad. Think i wrote 3 times to try and get on, but never managed.

Had a VHS copy of the episode we were on, which thankfully was binned and lost...the memory was lost forever.

Then some bastard came along and invented the internet and Youtube.
Bobz - on 07 Feb 2013
In reply to ThunderCat: Do you remember an evil jester man on that - it was my uncle! he was quite frightening!
ThunderCat - on 07 Feb 2013
In reply to Bobz:
> (In reply to ThunderCat) Do you remember an evil jester man on that - it was my uncle! he was quite frightening!

I remember Folly - he was on our episode. He wasn't that evil, was he?



jon haynes - on 07 Feb 2013
In reply to Sebastian Fontleroy:
My first thought was that it was Moondial that you were after (which used to terrify me). Then I thought it could be a series called 5 Children and It?
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Dauphin - on 07 Feb 2013
In reply to jon haynes:

No, it was set on in a stately home garden - at night the statues of dinosaurs would come alive although I think this was more implied than actually filmed - noises and shadows off camera. Very plummy accents and period costumes. I couldn't tell you what the central premise of the story arc was but it had a powerful affect on my imagination as a kid.

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Sebastian Fontleroy - on 07 Feb 2013
In reply to Turdus torquatus:
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That's annoying, i thought i was getting close.

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