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Horse In The House (ITV 1977, Kim McDonald, Alison Glennie)



Horse in the House was a family comedy drama series. When it looks like a pair of wealthy kids may have to sell their prize horse Orbit to an arab sheik they decide to substitute him for a lesser horse, they then had to keep the horse hidden from their parents.

Season one followed the theme of Orbit getting kidnapped whilst season two was made up of three two part stories and changed things somewhat with lead character Melanie now living with an aunt and uncle.

The horse was really thoroughbred stallion Mandao. The original novel by William Corbin was set in America but the series changed the setting to the UK.

production details
UK / ITV Network – Thames / 12×30 minute episodes / Broadcast from 9 February 1977 and 1979

Writer: Rosemary Anne Sisson / Novel: William Corbin / Music: Carl Davis / Producer: Ruth Boswell

KIM McDONALD as Melanie Webb
ALISON GLENNIE as Katie (season one)
KATRINA ROSE as Diana (season one)
CHARLES BOLTON as Richie Webb (season one)
BRIDGET ARMSTRONG as Mrs Webb (season one)
MICHAEL COLES as Mr Webb (season one)
PETE POSTLETHWAITE as Uncle Doug (season two)
VENETIA MAXWELL as Aunt Jen (season two)