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The Owl Service - The Complete Series [DVD] 
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All eight episodes of the late-sixties TV series about a girl, holidaying with her family in a remote Welsh valley, who stumbles upon ancient magical forces. Alison (Gillian Hills), along with step-brother Roger (Francis Wallis), are spending a few weeks of the summer in Wales, at a house formerly owned by Alison's late father. After discovering a set of dinner plates in the attic, Alison traces the plates' flower pattern onto paper, discovering that they fold in turn into owls. Soon, the house starts to reveal hidden secrets, compelling Alison to experience an ancient legend brought back to life.
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destruction of earth and mankind through war and slave belonging to tech not to mention the destraction tv and spectator anything. that have tried to replace them.....and failed..The Owl service like other thoughts and ideas explored by the author have to be listened and read to before you watch, otherwise you like other reviews will judge this series on everything but it's substance.
I saw Alan Garner lecture at a course in South Wales in the 1990s and was impressed by the way he talked about his works. Both he and his books are of great interest. He has an interest family and background and his books tell quite fascinating stories. The Owl Service particularly blends both the present (of the time production, though dated now) and the ancient past, reality and legend. That the drama was produced in North Wales and on the Wirral is nice since I live in that part of the world myself. I was in my late teens when I read the novel, in my early adulthood when I watched the TV drama and now in middle age seeing the TV drama in DVD form. And in all three periods the story continues to haunt. Today it is less scary than it was originally but nevertheless haunting and memorable.
An aside is that the Stone of Gronw was made special for the series and set up by a river. Years later in the different valley in North Wales a stone with a hole cut through it was found in a river by archaeologists.
But a reading of the recently published book on 'folk horror' lead me to checking it out on you tube
I then received it as a Father's Day gift,and I have to say I'm mighty impressed with it
For a tv series aimed at 'young adults' it goes far beyond the usual fare
I'd known Gillian hills from the movies 'beat girl' and 'blow up' but she's at her most sensuous in this, and she really is one of the 'cult' actresses of the sixties
The story revolves around a discovered dinner service that depicts either flowers or owls
The aura of Welsh mythology hangs over everything
The characters aren't really likeable,but that's OK
And the mother- who is referred to,spoken to,but never seen- gives the whole thing a kind of lynchian feel
But the star is Gillian hills,who pouts,teases,and hangs around the holiday cottage in short night dresses and bikinis that must have made viewing a must for the male family members up and down the land when it was first aired
Folly foot and white horses,this definitely is not!!!
And the last episode predates the exorcist by some five years or so !!!!!!!
My advice- go buy it
It's children's tv for grown ups
I'm just amazed it got made in the first place
I'm glad to say that the passing of time has not diminished the slightly off-kilter atmosphere of this classic series. Unlike much of "children's TV drama" these days, "The Owl Service" keeps you off-balance and intrigued as to what's actually going on.
This is an intensely claustrophobic story of relationships within a very English (step) family and the staff of their holiday home. Set in an oppressive Welsh valley it focuses specifically on the experiences and tensions between three teenagers who are forced to relive an ancient "mythical" conflict. Using a tale from "The Mabinogion" as the basis for the conflict it explores the difficulty of growing up and dealing with attraction, jealousy, alienation, the pressures of family, responsibility and even national identity but places it all within a subtly creepy supernatural setting.
The acting may now seem slightly stilted and the patronising "Granada-enforced" recaps do somewhat spoil the deliberate ambiguity of certain events but the meaning and power of the story has survived intact and "The Owl Service" provides some of the most "adult" children's TV you will ever have the good fortune to see.
edit: A special honourable mention must be paid to Roger's shorts :)
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