1 9 7 1 (UK)
5 x 20 minute episodes
This BBC serial was a very traditional adventure tale with jewel thieves uncovered by a gang of children who find themselves in danger among Blyton-esque caves. The programme was enlivened by extensive location work on the beautiful but forbidding island of Mull off the west coast of Scotland.
Perdita (Fiona Kennedy) was the strange and uncommunicative orphan girl known locally as the witch’s daughter. Fiona Kennedy would go on to become a Scottish folk singer and TV presenter.
A full-length TV movie was made by American company Hallmark Entertainment in 1996, though they changed the story significantly so it ended up as an over-complicated melodrama.
Detective Sergeant MacWhirter