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Another smooth and glossy presentation from the BBC, although unfortunately this wasn't one of their productions. It was independently made, part of the twenty-five per cent of independent programming required by Government meddling from the BBC's output by 1995. Unlike the classic children's series of the seventies, this was all show and not much content. There was a minimum of dialogue in the first episode and a fair amount of unproductive noise and distraction, plus a synthetic and uninspiring soundtrack. Not the best output by a long way.

When four children stumble upon the Kingdom of Elidor, they take on an awesome task - to rescue this dying world from the forces of evil. Based on the fantasy novel by Alan Garner, with spectacular visual effects, Elidor was a six-part drama series starring 13-year-old Damian Zuk as Roland.

Roland and his brothers and sister, David, Nicholas and Helen, are called upon to help Malebron, the defeated king of Elidor, played by Steven Rimkus. The business of saving the kingdom is apparently open to the children because the adults around them don't notice very much, kids being more open-minded concerning things that are out of the ordinary. It's a shame this series couldn't be counted as anything but ordinary. Its Wednesday showing was followed by a repeat each Sunday on BBC2.



Roland Watson Damian Zuk David Watson Alexander Trippier
Helen Watson Suzanne Crowshaw Nicholas Watson Gavin J Morris
Malebron Stevan Rimkus Lead Warrior Renny Krupinski
Sniffer Abi Eniola Gwen Watson Noreen Kershaw
Frank Watson David Beckett The Sibyl Valerie Lilley
Games Shop Owner Freddie Davies


Writer: Alan Garner
Adapted by: Don Webb
Producers: Paul Madden
  and Mairede Thomas
Associate Producer: Christopher Sutton
Director: John Reardon
Music: Ilona Sekacz


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