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Chocky/Chocky’s Children/Chocky’s Challenge

1 9 8 4 (UK)
6 x 25 minute episodes
1 9 8 5 (UK)
6 x 25 minute episodes
1 9 8 6 (UK)
6 x 25 minute episodes

Based on the engrossing 1968 novel by John Wyndham, this kids’ sci-fi series told the tale of 11-year-old Matthew Gore (Andrew Ellams) and his mystery friend, Chocky – a friendly, highly intelligent alien presence from another planet.

The serial struck a chord with audiences who had fallen for ET – The Extra-Terrestrial back in Christmas 1982. Both tales concerned the innocence of childhood corrupted by adult greed for money and power – with Matthew being abducted by a cabal desiring Chocky’s theories of advanced energy supplies.

The fusty action of Wyndham’s novel is updated to the digital 1980s, with an Atari games console and a Rubik’s Cube both attracting Chocky’s attention.

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The John Wyndham Estate felt it was the best screen adaptation they’d seen and approved two original sequels. In Chocky’s Children (1985), Matthew meets fellow prodigy Albertine Meyer (Anabel Worrell), who has just won a science scholarship to Cambridge University, but they are spied on by Dr Deacon (Ed Bishop), a powerful American businessman awaiting Chocky’s return.

In Chocky’s Challenge (1986), Chocky prodigies from around the world research anti-gravity power, facing military interference.

Matthew Gore 
Andrew Ellams
David Gore 

James Hazeldine
Mary Gore 

Carol Drinkwater
Polly Gore 

Zoe Hart
Albertine Meyer 

Anabel Worrell
Arnold Meyer 

Prentis Hancock
Dr Deacon
Ed Bishop
Chocky’s Voice 

Glynis Brooks