Chocky was a children’s TV series on ITV in the 80s which was based on the book of the same name from the 60s. It told the story of Matthew Gore who was chosen by the Alien Chocky to tell all about planet earth. Sounds fun doesn’t it? Well it wasn’t it was just creepy! Despite it being quite scary it was actually very good and it spawned two further series – Chocky’s Children and Chocky’s Challenge.
David Gore becomes rather concerned that his son of twelve, Matthew, is a bit old to have an imaginary friend. His concerns deepen as his son becomes increasingly distressed and blames it on arguments with this unseen companion, which he calls “Chocky”. As the story unfolds, it becomes clear that the friend is far from imaginary, but is an alien consciousness communicating with Matthew’s mind—a fact that is of intense interest to shadowy government forces. “Chocky” reveals that it is a scout sent from its home planet (where there is only one sex) in search of new planets to colonise, or to provide subtle guidance to newly-emerging intelligent life. “Chocky”, talking “through” Matthew, explains to David that in becoming overly attached to Matthew and saving him and his sister from a recent accident, it has violated the rules of its scout mission (interfering with events on Earth) and must end its link with him completely. Its further work on Earth will be conducted in a much more covert manner.
The Boy From Space
The Boy From Space was a mini series Broadcast as part of the TV show Look and Read. It told the story of the Alien boy Peep Peep who was being stalked by an evil alien hunter. He was helped in his plight by two children and an astrologer. It was just creepy, creepy but good!
Moondial tells the story of Minty who finds a moondial in the grounds of her Aunty’s mansion which allows her to travel in time – where she meets the two victorian children above. Time Travel made this interesting as a kid and it has become something of a cult classic bit the whole thing was just a little bit unnerving!
The story deals with a young girl, Minty (Siri Neal), staying with her aunt after her mother is injured in a car accident. Minty spends much of her time wandering around the grounds of a nearby mansion, and is drawn to a moondial that enables her to travel back in time, where she becomes involved with two children, Tom (Tony Sands), who lives in the Victorian era, and Sarah (Helena Avellano), who seems to live in “the previous century” to that, and must save them from their own unhappy lives.
Belton House moondial
Regarded as a nostalgic favourite by followers of 1980s BBC children’s drama, Moondial employs extensive location filming (in the grounds of Belton House in Lincolnshire) and fantastical, dreamlike imagery. The series was produced by Paul Stone and directed by Colin Cant. Other cast members include Valerie Lush as Minty’s aunt Mary, Arthur Hewlett as the elderly, mysterious Mr. World and Jacqueline Pearce in the dual role of the vicious Miss Vole (who seems to have lived in the 18th Century) and the present-day ghost hunter Miss Raven.
Willow The Wisp
I think it was Evil Edna that made this scary for me, but although we loved it you have to admit there was something a bit weird about it!
The series was written and directed by Nick Spargo and produced by Nicholas Cartoon Films in association with the BBC and Tellytales Enterprises. The character of Willo the Wisp originated in an educational animation created by Spargo for British Gas plc in 1975 and the stories were set in Doyley Woods, a small beech wood in Oxfordshire, near the director’s home.
Kenneth Williams provided voices for all of the characters. The principal narrator, Willo the Wisp, was a blue floating creature drawn as a caricature of him, while the name refers to the ghostly light will-o’-the-wisp from folklore. The other main characters were Arthur the caterpillar (as a gruff cockney), Mavis Cruet, a plump clumsy fairy with an erratic magic wand, and the principal antagonist Evil Edna, a witch in the form of a walking, talking television set who could zap people with her aerials.