The Box Of Delights

This Sunday is The Box Of Delights day

For viewers of a certain vintage, The Box Of Delights was and is a flat-out Christmas treat. The BBC adaptation of John Masefield’s magical Christmas tale first screened in 1984, and quickly won audience hearts. The final of the six episodes screened on December 24th 1984, and in recent years, it’s become a Christmas tradition … >

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The Box Of Delights

The Box Of Delights is heading to the stage

The wolves are set to start running again. This time in the direction of Wilton’s Music Hall in London. An adaptation of John Masefield’s novel The Box Of Delights, which in turn was turned into a much-loved 1984 Yuletide BBC adaptation, is heading to Wilton’s this Christmas, and tickets for the run are now on … >

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5 classics from the archives to seek out this Christmas

Although each Christmas invariably presents a fine array of quality new programming (and Mrs Brown’s Boys), there’s plenty of quality drama and comedy to be found by rummaging through the TV and radio archives. Here we look at five of our favourites…   Hancock’s Half Hour: ‘Bill and Father Christmas’ ‘And, when he complained it … >

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Rewind: ‘The Children of Green Knowe’ revisited

‘This house is full of eyes … all looking at me.’   What was it about? Adapted from the first of Lucy M. Boston’s series of novels, The Children of Green Knowe is a sedately-paced ghostly period drama which was originally shown on BBC One in December 1986. 1950s public schoolboy Tolly goes to spend … >

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Rewind: ‘Moondial’ revisited

One thing that characterises the greatest British children’s television dramas of the 1980s is fear. Without ever crossing the line into the kind of adult shockers that were popular in the cinema at the time, programme makers knew the best way to engross young audiences was to scare the shit out of them – not … >

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‘The Box of Delights’ Episode 6 revisited: ‘Leave Us Not Little, Nor Yet Dark’

In 1984, the BBC produced one of the most memorable and ambitious children’s television programmes of all time. Based on the novel by John Masefield, The Box of Delights was a tick-all-the-boxes psychedelic alchemy that combined captivating story, superb ensemble performance and special effects that transcended the clunky, pre-digital technology of the age to create … >

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‘The Box of Delights’ Episode 5 revisited: ‘Beware of Yesterday’

In 1984, the BBC produced one of the most memorable and ambitious children’s television programmes of all time. Based on the novel by John Masefield, The Box of Delights was a tick-all-the-boxes psychedelic alchemy that combined captivating story, superb ensemble performance and special effects that transcended the clunky, pre-digital technology of the age to create … >

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‘The Box of Delights’ Episode 4 revisited: ‘The Spider in the Web’

In 1984, the BBC produced one of the most memorable and ambitious children’s television programmes of all time. Based on the novel by John Masefield, The Box of Delights was a tick-all-the-boxes psychedelic alchemy that combined captivating story, superb ensemble performance and special effects that transcended the clunky, pre-digital technology of the age to create … >

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‘The Box of Delights’ Episode 3 revisited: ‘In Darkest Cellars Underneath’

In 1984, the BBC produced one of the most memorable and ambitious children’s television programmes of all time. Based on the novel by John Masefield, The Box of Delights was a tick-all-the-boxes psychedelic alchemy that combined captivating story, superb ensemble performance and special effects that transcended the clunky, pre-digital technology of the age to create … >

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‘The Box of Delights’ Episode 2 revisited: ‘Where Shall the ‘nighted Showman Go?’

In 1984, the BBC produced one of the most memorable and ambitious children’s television programmes of all time. Based on the novel by John Masefield, The Box of Delights was a tick-all-the-boxes psychedelic alchemy that combined captivating story, superb ensemble performance and special effects that transcended the clunky, pre-digital technology of the age to create … >

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