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Raven

1 9 7 7 (UK)
6 x 30 minute episodes

This six-part children’s TV serial from ATV featured 15-year-old ex-borstal boy Raven (Phil Daniels) who had moved to live with Professor Young (Michael Aldridge) – an archaeologist immersed in research into Arthurian legend – and his wife (Patsy Rowlands), an amateur ornithologist.

The professor worked in deep underground caves whose carved symbols suggested that King Arthur may have used them as a hiding place, and Raven became intrigued by his belief that Arthur was not one man but a succession of chiefs.

The powers of the mysterious professor and the charms of the attractive reporter Naomi (Shirley Cheriton) led teenage tearaway Raven down a new and dangerous path.

The government were planning to build a nuclear waste reprocessing plant on the ancient site and house the toxic residue in the caves. Raven was drawn to battle to save the cave system.

Unusually for the time, the series was recorded entirely on videotape, both in the studio and on location.

Raven
Phil Daniels
Professor James Young
Michael Aldridge
Mrs Young
Patsy Rowlands
Naomi Grant
Shirley Cheriton
Bill Telford
James Kerry
Clive Castle
Hugh Thomas
Editor
Tenniel Evans