TV: Children of the Stones
Creator: Jeremy Burnham, Trevor Ray
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 ...
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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.
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