THE CHILDREN OF GREEN KNOWE
Not a Box Of Delights
released OUT NOW! 1986 | U | DVD
Director Colin Cant
Cast Alec Christie, Daphne
Oxenford, George Malpas
You know the drill – classic children’s books, beloved BBC adaptation, DVD release finally allowing us to return to childhood favourites – but how often do these nostalgia- fests really turn out to be as good as remembered? Not often, alas. This latest release is based on the first novel in Lucy M Boston’s Green Knowe series, centred on a ghost- filled manor house based on the author’s own family home.
Young Toseland ( Tolly) is spending Christmas with his great- grandmother, at the family manor of Green Knowe. While there, she tells him stories of ancestors who lived in the house, and he sees echoes of the children around the place.
Director Cant gives this four- part serial a good sense of atmosphere, and it has a cosy, old- fashioned reserve that still appeals, but for most of the story nothing happens. There are ghosts. There is giggling. There is flute music. Tolly runs around the grounds getting overly emotional about garden ornaments. There’s a small sense of danger in the final episode, but unfortunately that can’t make up for two hours of family anecdotes and hide and seek.
Extras None. Rhian Drinkwater
Colin Cant also directed the ’ 90s BBC children’s series Dark Season and Century Falls, by Russell T Davies.
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