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THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA

 

The eternally-loved books about the other-dimensional world of Narnia were brought to life by the BBC in a series of well-made episodic stories. They were aimed mainly at younger audiences, although adults could still find some enjoyment in them. The first story to be dramatised, The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, was repeated in three double-length episodes over Christmas 1991, and has since been re-shown on the BBC satellite repeats channel UK Gold.

The series ended in 1991 with three of the Narnia stories still not adapted for television. Without these, two of them vital to opening and closing the entire saga, the exercise remained a pointless one. Unfortunately, there are no signs that the BBC will adapt any more of the books.

 


Creator: C S Lewis
Executive Producer for Wonder Works:
  Colin Shindler
Music: Geoffrey Burgon


Season One

The Lion, The Witch, And The Wardrobe

adapted by Alan Seymour
(A 6-part story)
Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy are evacuated from London at the beginning of the Second World War, little dreaming of the magical adventures that lie ahead. Lucy discovers the land of Narnia. None of the others believe her until Edmund follows her through the wardrobe. Then all four enter together to meet Aslan, and fight the great battle to defeat the White Witch and restore Narnia to its full glory.

Peter Richard Dempsey
Susan Sophie Cook
Lucy Sophie Wilcox
Edmund Jonathan R Scott
Mrs Macready Maureen Morris
The Professor Michael Aldridge
Mr Tumnus Jeffrey Perry
Little Man Big Mick
The White Witch Barbara Kellerman
Aslan William Todd-Jones and Tim Rose
With the voice of Ronald Pickup

Producer and Director uncredited

 

Season Two

Prince Caspian

(adapter unknown)
(A 2-part story)
Prince Caspian is forced to flee from his home because of his step-mother's plans to dispose of him. He joins the rebellious talking animals of Narnia and forms a rag-tag army to oppose his father's rule.

Peter Richard Dempsey
Susan Sophie Cook
Lucy Sophie Wilcox
Edmund Jonathan R Scott
Prince Caspian Jean-Marc Perret
King Miraz Robert Lang
Queen Prunaprismia Angela Barlow
Aslan William Todd-Jones and Tim Rose
With the voice of Ronald Pickup

The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader

adapted by Alan Seymour
(A 5-part story)
Eustace is a spoilt boy, but when he is pulled into the painting with Lucy and Edmund, and meets a now adult Caspian, he learns to change his ways.

Edmund Jonathan R Scott
Lucy Sophie Wilcox
Eustace David Thwaites
King Caspian Samuel West
Reepicheep Warwick Davies
Captain Drinian John Hallam
Lord Bern Pavel Douglas
Rhince Guy Fithen
Rynelf Neale S McGrath
Gatekeeper Jared Morgan
Gumpas John Quarmby
Pug Marcus Eyre
Tacks Roger McKern
With the voice of Ronald Pickup as Aslan

Producer: Paul Stone
Director: Alex Kirby

 

Season Three

The Silver Chair

(adapter unknown)
(A 6-part story)
Eustace rescues Jill from the school bullies, and the two find themselves on a vital mission for Aslan - to find a young prince who has been missing for a decade, before his father, an elderly Caspian, dies of old age. Their companion and guide on the long and dangerous journey is a dour Marshwiggle named Puddleglum.

Puddleglum Tom Baker
Eustace David Thwaites
(Rest Of Cast Unavailable)

 

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