BBC Home

Explore the BBC


11th July 2014
Accessibility help
Text only
My Science Fiction Life

BBC Homepage

Contact Us


Like this page?
Send it to a friend!

 
Children of the Stones

1977

TV: Children of the Stones

Creator: Jeremy Burnham, Trevor Ray

Recollections...

Sinister Stone-Circle Peoplearrow icon

I was 10 years old in 1977, when this series aired. It was shown twice - and each time I missed the last episode! Fortunately, I got to see the progra ...
more from third-doctor

In Depth

Children of the Stones

A surprisingly sophisticated mix of science fiction and occult horror for children's tea-time telly.

The series opens with the arrival of Adam Brake (Gareth Thomas, later of Blake's 7) and his son Michael at the village of Milbury. Adam, a scientist, is planning to study the stones that encircle Milbury.

As the pass into the ring of stones, one momentarily seems to appear ahead of them. This is only the first of many unnerving events. The local residents are all oddly, disturbingly content - a beautific dazedness that's spreading to new arrivals too.

Examining old texts and relics, Adam and Michael realise that the village is caught in a temporal loop, controlled somehow by creepy local squire Hendrick. They face being trapped within the stones unless they can work out the mystery in time.

The seven episodes of Children of the Stones was shot in Avebury, which sits in a genuine stone circle. A well-developed and intricate plot, combined with excellent performances and a superbly spooky title sequence, make this one of the best-remembered children's science fiction/fantasy series of the time.

Work nominated by third-doctor.

Eloise_R recommends...


My Science Fiction Life contributor Eloise_R recommends her favourite stories from the site.

paulvonscott on Threads
I bought the DVD on the strength of this review.

AndySawyer on The Chrysalids
Couldn't have said it better myself, and didn't!

TheBebopcowboy on Babylon 5
A lively review of a fantastic series - RIP.

Will-Hadcroft on The Incredible Hulk
This renewed my interest in The Incredible Hulk.

GrahamDRichards on The Tripods
Tangible enthusiasm for a boyhood favourite.

Related works



About the BBC | Help | Terms of Use | Privacy & Cookies Policy