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Children of the Stones: The Complete Series [DVD]

Gareth Thomas , Iain Cuthbertson , Peter Graham Scott    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Gareth Thomas, Iain Cuthbertson, Peter Demin, Veronica Strong, Katherine Levy
  • Directors: Peter Graham Scott
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Network
  • DVD Release Date: 17 Oct 2011
  • Run Time: 175 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0058NNGFU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,651 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Children of the Stones was an undisputed landmark in children's television. Jeremy Burnham and Trevor Ray's groundbreaking fantasy series, starring Iain Cuthbertson and Gareth Thomas and filmed largely in Avebury in Wiltshire, combined scientific fact and fiction with pagan mythology and rural folklore in its portrayal of a village held captive by the sinister power of its Neolithic stone circle.

Intelligent, atmospheric and genuinely unnerving, the series often cited by those who grew up in the Seventies as the most frightening thing seen on television was the result of collaboration between writers Burnham and Ray, producer Patrick Dromgoole (whose previous credits had included classic HTV series Sky and Arthur of the Britons) and producer/director Peter Graham Scott; classical composer and conductor Sidney Sager scored the series' chilling theme and incidental music. Unsurprisingly, Children of the Stoneshas gained a devoted cult following in the decades since its first transmission in 1977.

SPECIAL FEATURES
[] An in-depth booklet by Tim Worthington on HTV's fantasy television programming
[] A second disc showcasing HTV's cult shows with episodes of Sky, King of the Castle, The Clifton House Mystery and Into the Labyrinth
 



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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
... it would probably all be like Children of the Stones.

This is perfection on a silver disc.

Very few old TV shows completely live up to fond childhood memories. Production values, fashion, acting styles have all changed so much. It's almost miraculous that this vaguely science fictional "young adult" equivalent of the Wicker Man stands up to repeat viewings now. It really does deserve that over-used title "a genuine classic".

The hero is a teenage boy whose astro-scientist dad is investigating the strange properties of the stone circle that surrounds a too-perfect English country village. He quickly notices that everyone except newcomers are just too spookily happy with their lot. He makes friends with the two other "normal" teens in the village, and a mad old tramp, but it's soon clear that the threat of becoming blissed-out zombies hangs over them all.

It's classically claustrophobic and suspenseful without being "old fashioned" (except, ironically, for the fashions). The race against time to discover the secret of the always-too-suspicious lord of the manor is even scarier because almost everything happens in daylight.

The golden age cast includes Iain "Budgie" Cuthberston, Gareth "Blake's 7" Thomas and Freddie "unsung genius" Jones. If you like this try to track down comedy series The Ghosts of Motley Hall, which has dated but now exudes period charm.)

Genuinely not for very young children. Ideal for middle aged post-youths.
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
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You only have to read other reviews to see just how great this series was when it was first broadcast back in the seventies. I won't comment on the series itself as it goes without saying that it was absolutely superb. I'll comment more on this new 'Network' edition. This is a two-disc edition, with the entire series being housed on the first DVD and the second DVD gives you 'tasters' of other programmes that were made around the same era by HTV West. 'Sky' is featured on there, as well as 'King of the Castle' amongst others, and I already have the DVD of 'Sky' (again distributed by Network). The only thing I think that's a shame is that it doesn't feature the interviews with Peter Graham Scott and Gareth Jones that were featured on the previous 'Second Sight' single disc edition. However, I'm really pleased that 'Network' managed to get the distribution rights as the 'Second Sight' edition seemed to go out of print shortly after it first came out. At least it will have a much longer shelf life with 'Network', and they've released many other great programmes from the past. Get this DVD today and enjoy QUALITY TV - in the days when X-Factor and Big Brother had never even been heard of! Oh if only we could turn back the clock! Happy Day to all who read this! If you watch this series you will indeed all be happy ones!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great to revisit an old favourite. 9 Dec 2011
By M. Bond
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Having vaguely remembered this spooky series form so long ago it was great to see it again and compare my memory with the original experience.

If you allow for all production styles of the time and that the series was aimed at children this remains a great piece of entertainment and a story I suspect could easily be remade in the same form in the future, or a movie?
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Anybody got a time machine?????? 16 April 2012
Format:DVD
Yes before X Factor and all the other rubbish we have today came Children of the Stones. As if this series was not amazing enough it was made better by the fact many parents disapproved of their kids watching this stuff much like they did with the fantastic Ace of Wands. I thought there was another kidult programme in the 70s about stone circles as well as Children of the Stones as I seem to remember one where the stones moved or was I just eating to much food colouring!

Children of the Stones was great and everytime I watch the dvd I am sad when it gets to the last episode as I want it to go on forever and transport me back to what I see as better times and you could get GREEN Angel Delight - anybody remember that??????? There was everything to look forward maybe get a flat with my best friend just like the Liverbirds. Now theres just the dvds, the failed marriage and my 50th birthday fast approaching so if you know where to buy a time machine with at least 6 months tax on it let me know.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Most frightening childrens tv programme ever ! 23 Mar 2013
Format:DVD
Filmed during the legendary drought summer of 1976 and broadcast in 1977 - The Children of the Stones was and is the most frightening children's tv programme ever made. It scared the life out of me when I first watched it as a 6 year old. I only watched it once but the impact has never left me. From the scary opening sequence, with the spooky music and eerie shots of the stones of Avebury circle. I've just watched it again after 36 years and have been impressed how well it has aged. Its still atmospheric and the plot is intelligent. They call it "The Wicker Man" for children. I agree. Best children's tv show ever.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A TV CLASSIC! 25 Jun 2013
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This was a reminder of when children's TV was good quality, well made and very entertaining. The storyline in this fantastic series is well written and very intelligent and even when watching it again with my 11 and 13 yr olds, very scary!
I have heard it is being made into a musical too. Yes, the special effects are dated but this does not detract from the sinister characters or the spookiness of the music and the chanting. Always a cliffhanger at the end of each episode wanting you to quickly watch the next!
A great series for teenagers and maybe their parents too to reminisce their youth in the late 70's.
A must-have for your DVD collection!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars AVEBURY STONES WILTSHIRE
Brilliant childrens tv from HTV 1977.
I am lucky to live in Ramsbury which is not very far from Avebury and I go all the time for picnics etc. Read more
Published 1 month ago by M. Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars brings back memories
I remember seeing this on TV and later reading the novelisation.

It' feels a wee bit dated now, but then it wasn't made "for poetserity", and it's still... Read more
Published 1 month ago by F. Lane
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Buy
Took me back to my childhood. Great atmospheric show. Eery music. Love it. Will watch this in years to come.
Published 3 months ago by Regular User
5.0 out of 5 stars Spooky!
I half caught some of this series in my late teens, and it really really stuck in my mind. So much so that I hunted the DVD down 35 years later - AND I am writing this review. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Enquirer
5.0 out of 5 stars Children of the Stones
It was everything I remember when I first saw it as a young boy. The waft of nostalgia was palpable in the house.
Published 3 months ago by patrickmrchips
5.0 out of 5 stars children of the stone
very good dvd, loved this it brought back memories of when I was younger, also loved seeing some of the known actors in it, and looking at them now how we change when we get older. Read more
Published 4 months ago by karen clowes
5.0 out of 5 stars Childhood nightmares!
What a fantastic blast from the blast - worked out I was 10 when I saw the only re-run of this series as was only apparently shown once after the original in 1976/7 (I was 8 then... Read more
Published 8 months ago by M CAUFIELD
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable nostalgia trip
Remembered this series from first time around and it really frightened me then. Still enjoyed it and for a kid's programme it's still pretty scary. Read more
Published 9 months ago by wiltshire titch
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrifc
Dear me but did this bring back memories! You would not see something like this being broadcast at prime kids time in this day and age - the nanny state would step in with it... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Shuttlj
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
Comes over as old-fashioned and a bit childish - and it's no good saying it was written for youngsters because the youngsters of today would be much more critical of that aspect. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Mark Yates
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