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The Famous Five
(1978-1979)

TV Series

AKA: Enid Blyton's Famous Five

Country: UK

Genre: Adventure, Family

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Synopsis

Four kids - Julian (Marcus Harris), Dick (Gary Russell), Anne and George - together with Timmy the Dog, solve mysteries and fight petty criminals. An adaptation of Enid Blyton's stories in which the setting has been shifted to the 1970s.

Notes

  • Of the original 21 novels, only three were not adapted for this series: "Five on a Treasure Island" and "Five Have a Mystery to Solve", because the Children's Film Foundation still had the film and TV rights to the books; and "Five Have Plenty of Fun", because it didn't fit into the production schedule.
  • The first episode of this series was entitled "Five Go to Kirren Island", a misspelling of "Kirrin Island".
  • The series was accompanied by much merchandise, including jigsaws and annuals (such as the annual shown in the Profile picture on this page), as well as occassional features and a picture strip story in 'Look-in' magazine.
  • The theme music for this series (which wasn't sung by the cast, but by the Corona Stage Academy choir) was released as a single in 1978.

Notable Guest Appearances

Picture for The Famous Five

Cast

  • Marcus Harris
    (Julian)
  • Gary Russell
    (Dick)
  • Jennifer Thanisch
    (Anne)
  • Michele Galagher
    (George)
  • Toddy
    (Timmy the Dog)
  • Michael Hinz
    (Quentin Kirrin)
  • Friedrich von Thun
  • Susanna Best
    (Fanny Kirrin)
  • Wayne Brooks
    (Tinker)

BoyActors Reviews

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Surprisingly charming version of Blyton's stories re-set in the 1970s, even if the acting is sometimes a little ropey. The whole thing was done much better by the 90s series. Great theme tune, though.

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Keep an eye out for the guest appearance by Rupert Graves, who went on to major adult roles in excellent films such as Maurice and Different for Girls.

My Movie Rating: Red StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed Star 8 / 10
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