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The Famous Five

TV Series

Country: UK

Genre: Adventure, Family



Julian (Marco Williamson), Dick (Paul Child) and Anne are sent to live with their Uncle Quentin in the English countryside, where they team up with their rebellious tomboy cousin Georgina - who likes to be known as George - and her scruffy mongrel Timmy. When they're not consuming lashings and lashings of ginger beer, the Five investigate strange goings-on in their local area which, despite the sparseness of its population, turns out to be a hotbed of petty crime, conducted largely by crooks of mind-boggling incompetency.


  • Based on the series of children's adventure novels (published 1942-1963) written by English author Enid Blyton (1897-1968), this series succeeded in adapting every one of the original series of 21 books.
  • The series has been issued nearly complete (except for the double episode "Five Go to Smuggler's Top", which had a VHS release only) on a Dutch release DVD set entitled "De Vijf". The front sleeve of this DVD set (see the Profile picture on this page) shows the Famous Five - plus James Tomlinson (at far right) who starred as Tinker in the episodes "Five Go To Demon's Rocks" and "Five Are Together Again". The production photo is from the former of these episodes.

Notable Guest Appearances

  • Ben Brazier in episode 2.09 "Five Go Off in a Caravan" 1997
  • Nick Pepper in episode 2.11 "Five Are Together Again" 1997
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BoyActors Reviews

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A fun romp, just as the books are, and set in the original time period, unlike the 1970s version where the androgynous clothes and hair rather obscured the hugely popular George's determined boyishness.

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Dividing Bar

Enid Blyton's oeuvre is hardly great literature, but as an adaptation of her stories it is hard to imagine this production being bettered (hence the 10 stars). Paul Child is particularly personable, and there are some great boys making appearances here and there in the series. Sniffer (Lee Turnbull) is brilliant in the episode "Five Go to Mystery Moor" - the handkerchief always cracks me up (you'll have to view the episode to see what I mean!).

Must Watch My Movie Rating: Red StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed Star 10 / 10
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