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Children of the Stones (ITV 1977, Iain Cuthbertson, Gareth Thomas)

Children of the Stones

Children of the Stones was a well regarded and generally pretty spooky Children’s serial with a village held in thrall to a sinister stone circle.

Filmed at Avebury, Wiltshire during the long hot summer of 1976 it starred Gareth Thomas as Adam Breck, a scientist, who arrives in the village of Milbury with his son Matthew.

They discover to their horror that the entire village seems to be in some kind of mindtrap, they trace the problem to the stone circle that is located in the village. Breck and his son then discover that Lord of the Manor Hendrick has discovered a way to utilise the power of the stones to put the villagers under his control.

The serial genuinely carried with it an air of menace seldom since equalled in any TV. HTV who made the show were making a habit at this time of producing superior quality kids telefantasy fare such as SKY, King of the Castle etc.

Children of the Stones

production details
UK / ITV – HTV / 7×25 minute episodes / Broadcast 10 January – 21 February 1977

Writer: Jeremy Burnham / Producer and Director: Peter Graham Scott / Music: Sidney Sager

cast
IAIN CUTHBERTSON as Hendrick
GARETH THOMAS as Adam Brake
FREDDIE JONES as Dai
VERONICA STRONG as Margaret
JOHN WOODNUTT as Link
JUNE BARRIE as Miss Clegg
DARREN HATCH as Kevin