Developing the trend of having more involved stories in Look and Read
throughout the 80s, this series finally did away with Wordy, along with
the whole concept of separate learning bits. Instead, we get almost the
entire programme taken up with telling the story, with just one quick
song in the middle.
The story itself was all-out fantasy, with three kids pulled into a mural
they'd painted in their playground and asked to help save the dying land
of Pelamar by retrieving the missing parts of its mysterious power source,
the Veetacore. This involves a lot of trying to read difficult passages,
and charging off round the neighbouring country of Widge, inhabited by
the horrible furry little Widgets. The children are lead and helped by a
flying dragon called Gorwen and a big talking mouse called Rodey (who
inherited the arrogance and the voice - Charles Collingwood's - of Wordy).
Until they succeed, Pelamar turns increasingly barren and its inhabitants
just fade away to nothing. The situation is further complicated by the
big baddie Charn, who wants to hijack the Veetacore for his own evil
This unit is often dismissed when people look over the Look and Read
canon due to its lack of teaching bits and, in particular, of Wordy. This
is unfair, as the story is actually a nicely executed fantasy and, based
on emails I've received, seems to be the most popular story in schools
today. The story, by the way, seems to owe a great deal to the Chronicles
of Narnia: Gorwen is Aslan, obviously, and Charn was the name of that
dead world that Digory and that girl rescued that woman from in The
Magician's Nephew. Well I can't really remember much about the book, but
that world was definitely called Charn. Also, notice the large number of
former Look and Read cast members reunited here: Charles Collingwood, as
mentioned above, plus Dark Towers and Fair Ground! narrator Sean Barrett
doing Gorwen's voice, and David Collings in his third Look and Read role
(following twin appearances in Dark Towers) as Charn.
Cast and Crew
Starring Sean Barrett as Gorwen (voice)
David Collings as Charn
Charles Collingwood as Rodey (voice)
Simon Fenton as Scott Bates
Marlaine Gordon as Amanda Jackson
Michael Heath as Morris
Katie Hebb as Rodey (puppeteer)
Timothy Lyn as Boris
Carolyn Pickles as Doris
Nicola Stewart as Jenny
and The Puppet Factory.
Singers Derek Griffiths
With Peter Bonner
and Nicky Reed as Widgets
Written by Christopher and Christine Russell
Producer Sue Weeks
Music by Roger Limb
Reading consultant Mary Hoffman, film animation Tomcat Animations,
graphic designer Joanna Cheese, background painting Ray Rankine,
lighting cameraman Bill Dudman, videotape editor Steve Knattress,
design Kathy Atty and Maggie Carroll, video effects Dave Jervis,
visual effects designer Mike Ellis, camera operator Chris Kochanowicz,
sound Ron Keightley and Brian Clark, costume designer Andrew Rose,
make-up designer Martha Livesley, production unit manager Chris
D'Oyly-John, assistant floor manager Charles Whaley, production
assistants Louise E. Kobrak and Jane Sprague,
assistant producers Sophie Neville and Di Millward
01 The dragon from Pelamar
Jenny, Scott and Amanda mysteriously pass through a mural they've been
painting, to find themselves in the magical land of Pelamar. There
Gorwen the dragon has a momentous task for them...
02 Flight to Widge
Gorwen believes that the missing Veetons must have fallen beyond the
mountains in the strange land of Widge. A search party is formed and
the quest begins to save Pelamar from certain destruction.
03 The first Veeton
The problem with Widge is it's inhabitants - the Widgets. These are
mischievous little creatures, who go out of their way to make life
as difficult as possible for the search party as they begin their quest.
04 Word magic
The Widgets have hidden the first Veeton inside a huge book tree.
While Boris and Amanda go inside in search of the Veeton, Scott and
Gorwen search for their missing friend, Rodey.
05 Clues in the snow
Doris is terrified and too scared even to speak to Boris on the
videophone. Charn, the evil one has returned to Pelamar.
06 Jenny's scarf
Amanda has rescued Boris's magic rucksack from the Widgets - but
she finds herself lost in the snow. Meanwhile Jenny has persuaded
Charn to let Morris knit her a special scarf.
07 The waterfall of words
'No-one else can face Charn and live. Only Gorwen has a chance...'
As Gorwen prepares to confront Charn, word magic again comes to the
aid of the search party.
08 The great battle
Gorwen has returned to Pelamar to face Charn and do battle. 'Come
on Gorwen....Just a few steps closer and I've got you!'
09 Danger on high
The Veetarod has fallen down a deep chasm in the tunnel. Rodey
bravely volunteers to rescue it. It's their only hope.
10 The final page
Gorwen has nearly faded away. Will the search party be able to
rescue the last Veeton and return in time to save him - and Pelamar.
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