1 9 8 1 (UK)
10 x 20 minute episodes
Modern-day eight-year-old Barney (Grant Ashley Warnock) meets Stig (Keith Jayne) – a boy from prehistoric times living in a cave in chalk pits that are used as a rubbish dump.
Barney and Stig quickly become friends and learn to communicate with each other without language, as Stig speaks no English.
Barney helps Stig improve his den, and the two spend time repairing and beautifying Stig’s den.
On one occasion, Barney is cornered by the bullying Snarget brothers, who become uncharacteristically docile when Stig appears. Although Barney mentions Stig to others, no-one (with the exception of the Snargets) believes that Stig is real.
During a very hot and humid mid-summer’s night, when Barney and his sister Lou (Janine Tidman) are unable to sleep, they find themselves transported back in time and out onto the Downs. To their surprise, they meet Stig, back with his own people, engaged in the construction of four gigantic standing stones. They spend a night camping out with the people of Stig’s tribe and helping to shift the final stone into position before sunrise.
The Thames Television series was based on the novel by Clive King.
Grant Ashley Warnock