Children of the
TV series (1977)
Children of the Stones
is a seven-part, children's TV series. It was produced by HTV and
broadcast on the various ITV channels in early 1977. The two main
characters are an astrophysicist, Adam Brake, and his young son Matthew.
At the beginning of the first episode Matthew and his father are
travelling by car to the village of Milbury. They are going to
Milbury to study the ancient stone circle that surrounds it. They have
almost reached their destination when something strange happens: a
large stone appears in the middle of the road. Adam slams on the brakes
to avoid crashing into the stone, but as he does so—blink and
you'll miss it—the stone is replaced by Mrs Crabtree, who is the
housekeeper from the cottage where they will be staying, and has been
sent to meet them by Rafael Kendrick who is the main-man in the village.
Everyone is the village appears to be very friendly, but it doesn't
take long before the Brakes realise that there is something
unusual about Milbury and its inhabitants. For one thing, the
village seems to be divided in two groups. The majority of the
population is made up of the 'Happy Ones', who seem to be very
intelligent, very happy and extremely strange. They smile all of the
time and greet each other with the
phrase: "Happy day!"
The only people in the village that are not Happy Ones are newcomers to
the village—like the Brakes—and there are not many of them. At
school, the non-happy children segregate themselves from their 'happy'
classmates and know instinctively that something is wrong. "We've got
to stick together," Sandra Smythe tells Matthew. "Just checking that
you're human," says another another classmate, who has just picked a
The ranks of the non-happy ones are fast diminishing though, as
more and more people suddenly get with the programme and get happy.
of the Stones is a very atmospheric series and I am sure
the haunting theme music and backing music contribute are
partly responsible for this. The series also
contains some quite difficult concepts for a children's TV series: time
circles and psychic bubbles. Even without fully understanding such
things though, the programme is extremely entertaining. What can I
say? It's just such a well written, well cast, and . . . well it's just
a damn good
programme and although it was produced for younger viewers I am sure
many adults will enjoy it too.
The series comes on a single disc and there are some special features
with Gareth Thomas (who is probably best remembered for
playing Blake in Blake's
with Peter Graham Scott
... Hubert Tucker
hours 7 minutes
Certificate (UK): PG
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