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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 4 October 2011
This final series of seven, 25-minute supernatural/psychological tales from 1978 have a mix of contemporary and historical settings. A collection of mostly setbound stories with dated (but still charming) special effects. This third collection certainly attracted a decent line-up of guest stars (see episode list below). As with the previous two series I found some stories to be better than others.

In what is probably my favourite story of the collection, the series gets off to a good start with "Eleven O' Clock", a sensitively directed spooky tale about a father and daughter who face supernatural forces while on holiday in an old French farmhouse. Amongst some of the good performances I was impressed with Clive Swift in "And For My Next Trick", where he plays a failed magician, who while unable to hold the attention of his child audience, eventually finds himself endowed with strange powers, the ending provides an effective twist. The episode "The Boy Merlin" was developed into the 1979 children's TV series.
Of course, with this being a children's series, the stories won't exactly have you leaving a light on all night, but some of these dramas do manage to provide a few atmospheric moments.

Having watched and digested all three series, I have to say that I've enjoyed all of them (including the admittedly weaker stories). Overall I would pick the first series as my favourite, with this final collection in second place.
As with the first two series, the picture and sound quality are good. The only extra is a 3-minute image gallery, there are no subtitles. Having checked on the IMDb I found the episode synopsis to be incomplete, so I have replicated the details from the inside of the DVD case below....

*ELEVEN O'CLOCK - Linda and her father are on holiday at an old farmhouse in France. At 11am on November 11, strange things begin to happen. Supernatural forces reach out to father and daughter...
Starring Ronald Hines, Tina Heath, Anna Korwin and Stephen Galloway.

*THE ROSE OF PUDDLE FRATRUM - Where is Rose Collard the ballerina, and why did she put a curse on the ballet that made her famous?
Starring Joan Greenwood, Bryan Pringle, June Brown, Christopher Lillicrap and Duncan Lamont.

*AND FOR MY NEXT TRICK... As a magician and children's entertainer, Devine is a failure. So when he suddenly finds he has strange powers, why does a young girl fear for him?
Starring Clive Swift, Caroline Embling and Jacqueline Pearce.

*THE BOY MERLIN - Myfanwy, grandmother of a young apprentice magician Merlin, sees a vision: "Their names shall be spoken together a thousand years hence... Merlin and Arthur'.
Starring Ian Rowlands, Donald Houston and Rachel Thomas.

*THE MAN WHO HATED CHILDREN - Higgs hates all children, especially Willie and Tom. He even has plans to put children under the age of nine on leads. But then he comes up against the special magic of Peter Pan...
Starring George A. Cooper, Brian Wilde, Charles Morgan, James Ottaway, Paul Watson and William Smoker.

*THE SILVER APPLE - What is the link between the beautiful Iona, a flying carpet, twin princes, a wizard who rules the Twilight Land, and the Silver Apple? The answer: magic!
Starring Peter Duncan, Brian Peck, Rachel Herbert, Simon Turner, Olaf Pooley, Prue Clarke and George Claydon.

*HONEYANN - Strange things are happening at pop star Roddy Magee's mansion. Is Nanny what she seems to be? And why does she fear Honeyann?
Starring Madge Ryan, Adrienne Posta, Gwyneth Strong, Paul Angelis and George Waring.
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on 22 November 2016
The 1st series was creepy and is the one that my childhood memory thinks of. By series 3 it had become much lighter and had stepped out of the shadows somewhat, a great pity.
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on 27 December 2016
Very good service but I didn't much like the series
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on 15 August 2013
Bought this product after watching the series as a child.
On the positive side there are some clever stories and some well known talented actors.

It is watchable but it is evident that the programme makers must have had a severely restricted
scenery budget. For several of the stories, the scenes were filmed in a studio set up to try and look like the outside world but for all intents and purposes they look like the set of a amateur dramatic club performance.
To be fair modern British Kids TV still suffers partially from the same problem to a much lesser degree.
Being made in the late 1970's they had to rely on blue screen technology for effects.

The dim lighting in many of the episodes just adds to the atmosphere and the plethora of later to be famous talented actors make up for some of the less well known and slightly wooden acting of a few of the others.

On balance it is worth watching for the storylines alone. I would hope one day they would re-make this but fear they would loose some of the scary atmosphere due it being too scary and dark for younger children now.
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on 1 February 2013
i have all three of these series but have not watched this one yet but if it is as good as the first series then it will be good
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on 9 October 2011
NOTE: I refer to the three series here as s1, s2 and s3. I know this is a bit contrived but I think it's better than constantly writing "the third series" etc.

The most important thing is that this is an improvement on the second series, which IMHO was dreadful. It's not as good as s1, but it's still an enjoyable little show.

Of course some episodes are better than others. I'd say the best is "The Boy Merlin", which has wonderful atmosphere and great performances all round. "The Eleventh Hour" is also good, and perhaps the only episode which could have come from s1.

Thankfully gone are the awful social messages of s2, which seemed like a well-being manual for youngsters dreamed up by sociologists at some leftie 1970s college ("be confident, and be yourself!"). Also gone is s2's repetitiveness; all the episodes here are different. In fact a number seem like pilots for potential series - "The Silver Apple", "The Rose of Puddle Fratrum", "The Man Who Hated Children" and possibly "Honeyann". AFAIK, only "The Boy Merlin" got its own series.

The emphasis in s3 is on fantasy rather than the supernatural. I'd say s1 had established a pretty solid line in ghost stories for children; it took things seriously and was unafraid to send chills down the viewer's spine. There seems to have been a decision to go lighter. As a result, s3 tends towards the whimsical, and certainly never goes for the ominous (a la s1's "The Waiting Room"). Indeed some of the episodes are just silly and played for laughs - I'm thinking of Joan Aiken's "The Rose of Puddle Fratrum". Fantasy is all very well but they should have done it as a separate series because the title "Shadows" is no longer appropriate.

On the other hand there is "The Man Who Hated Children", which starts off whimsical (including a talking swan!) but suddenly gets rather hardcore at the end. A nice surprise.

In summary, if you like s1 you'll probably like s3. The episodes vary wildly, but the good ones are worth it.
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on 4 March 2013
Are what this DVD invoked.Happy memories of when I was sixteen, before life got complicated with stuff like having to earn a living.
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on 10 June 2015
Great tv series from my youth, Still holds up today
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on 20 March 2015
Very creepy this DVD
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on 17 August 2014
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