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I can't believe they're releasing this!,
This review is from: Dark Season [DVD]  (DVD)I'm 27 now and I fondly remember watching this on CBBC in the early 1990s and rushing into school the next day to talk about what we'd seen. It was a great kid's drama with a dollop of sci-fi a splash of thrills etc. From what I remember, it's a six parter. The first half is about this weird group of people who give each kid at this school a free computer. The catch was that this group used the computers to control the kids. You can see were Russell T Davies' ideas for Doctor Who were spawned! Remember Doctor Who recently where in an alternative universe, the man who created the Cybermen downloaded info directly into people's brains with blue-tooth type earpieces?
The second half was where this weird woman and a group of archeologists dug up the school playing field as a war machine was buried underneath it. The weird woman incidentally can also be seen in Moondial as Miss Pendragon! Useless bit of info there.
It was years later when Kate Winslet started cropping up in films that I wondered where I'd seen her before. Yes, Kate Winslet is in this with two other kids, a brainy one and one on a skateboard.
I can't remember much more of the plot so buy or rent it and check it out!
It's gonna look a bit dated now - especially the computer's they give to the kids (very retro), but I'll be snapping this up!
Anyway, if you're anything like me and buy any old tat they put out on DVD to remind you of your misspent youth, you probably have ordered this already. By the way, the BBC are also releasing Century Falls on the same day. This was a similarly dark tale that I missed the first time round so I'll be buying that too.