1 9 5 5 (UK)
6 x 30 minute episodes
Captain Frederick Marryat’s 1847 classic children’s novel was first produced by the BBC as a six-part series which aired in April and May 1955 and was repeated again in January the following year.
Set during the English Civil War, the series told of the trials and tribulations of the Royalist Beverley family in the days of Oliver Cromwell (played here by Warren Mitchell).
The orphaned Beverley children – Alice (Shirley Cooklin), Edith (Gillian Gale), Humphrey (Anthony Valentine) and Edward (Alan Edwards) – are smuggled away from their home when their father (a Cavalier officer) is killed while fighting for the King’s army and taken to the isolated cottage of Jacob Armitage (Harold Scott) – a royalist forester – and hidden there.
The aristocratic children pose as peasants and learn to survive on their own when Armitage dies, encountering various adventures and becoming involved with the family of Parliament’s new Intendant of the New Forest, Heatherstone (Ralph Nossek).
The BBC made another six-episode series of The Children of the New Forest in 1964.
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