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Look and Read's modern era begins with this thoroughly satisfying story, which successfully blends the classic L&R format with topical curriculum requirements.
Seriously. The cast is probably the most recognisable of any story (in terms of people who were famous when they appeared in L&R rather than people who went on to be well-known), though Lesley Joseph seems to have spent most of the 1990s appearing in various BBC Schools shows.
The story bits are skillfully balanced with the in-between bits, and both segments share the main narrative: In modern times (the in-between bits) 60-something Norman Starkey returns to the village to which he was evacuated in the Second World War, and writes the story of his previous adventures with the help of the librarian, Miss Lee. These adventures (the story bits) involve Starkey and two other evacuees, Dennis and Mary, plus a local girl called Polly. Between them they have to keep Polly's gran's farm running in tough times, and keep out of the way of the bullying owner of the local Hall and his strange housekeeper.
They think they're on the trail of spies when a suspicious-looking woman arrives in the village, but also have to deal with prisoners-of-war, downed enemy pilots, rationing and the black market.
Also in the in-between bits was CD Rom, a computer program whose grammar knowhow and arrogance was more than a little reminiscent of Wordy, and some nice
character-based educational songs.
Cast and Crew
Raymond Pickard as Norman Starkey
Russell Tovey as Dennis Sealey
Sophie Ward as Polly Hobbs
Josie McCabe as Mary Parker
Rosemary Leach as Aunty Amy
Lesley Joseph as Miss Millington
Guy Henry as Phillip Grainger
Norman Bird as Cyril Jenkins
Joseph Alessi as Luigi Balzoni
Abigail Thaw as Vivienne Belling
Terence Maynard as Mike Johnson
Rab Christie as Private Wilson
Pauline Delaney as Mrs Calver
Victoria Hasted as Ethel Higson
Carol Harvey as Mrs Starkey
Michaels as the German pilot
Colin Starkey as Dr Simpson
Vincent Pickering as Harrison
Keith Barron as adult Starkey
Josephine D'Arby as Miss Lee
Roger Kitter as CD Rom
Andrew Tansey as bald-headed man / spiv
Jeannie Crowther as Polly Peters
Written by Derek Farmer
Music by Peter Howell
Designer Alan Spalding
Executive producer Frank Flynn
Producer/Director Nicholas Whines
1 Sent Away
Starkey goes to Westbourne Library and Museum to do some research for a book he is writing about his experiences as an evacuee in World War II.
2 Grainger Danger
The evacuees are finding it hard to settle down and Mary has to earn her keep by working as a maid. In the present day, Starkey explains rationing to Miss Lee and discusses why children were evacuated from the towns.
3 Spies All Around
Amy's cows have escaped and it looks as if the fence has been cut deliberately. Polly thinks Grainger wants to drive them off the farm, but Norman reckons he's a spy.
4 Trouble For Mary
An Italian POW arrives to help on the farm and Starkey looks back on some wartime posters. Miss Millington accuse Mary of stealing.
5 The Poster Comes To Life
Norman goes fishing and befriends an American GI called Mike Johnson. Polly and Dennis make contact with Mary at Westbourne Hall, and then meet Vivienne Belling, who looks just like the spy on the poster. Joan the goat has got loose and has eaten Amy's vegetables. Meanwhile, Norman gets a letter from his mum and feels homesick.
6 Bombs in the Country
Belling claims she is a government photographer but the children are convinced she is a spy. Mary overhears a suspicious conversation between Miss Millington and Grainger. Dennis and Polly spot a German plane.
Mary searches Westbourne Hall for evidence that Grainger is a spy and there's a surprise in store for the children in the hideout.
8 The Pilot
The children capture a German pilot.
9 The Secret Quarry
The children discover a tunnel leading from an abandoned quarry to Westbourne Hall. Grainger catches the boys, but they are rescued by Luigi. The children's confidence in their GI friend is misplaced.
The children discover Grainger's secret.
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