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The Box of Delights 

Based on the classic children's novel by John Masefield, the story follows the exploits of a young boy, Kay Harker, who finds himself drawn into a world of magic and danger when he ... See full summary »

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Series cast summary:
Devin Stanfield Devin Stanfield ...  Kay Harker 6 episodes, 1984
Robert Stephens ...  Abner Brown 6 episodes, 1984
Geoffrey Larder Geoffrey Larder ...  Foxy Faced Charles 6 episodes, 1984
Jonathan Stephens Jonathan Stephens ...  Chubby Joe 6 episodes, 1984
Heidi Burton Heidi Burton ...  Jemima 6 episodes, 1984
Joanna Dukes Joanna Dukes ...  Maria 6 episodes, 1984
Flora Page Flora Page ...  Susan 6 episodes, 1984
James Grout ...  Inspector 5 episodes, 1984
Carol Frazer Carol Frazer ...  Caroline Louisa 5 episodes, 1984
Crispin Mair Crispin Mair ...  Peter 5 episodes, 1984
Glyn Baker ...  Herne the Hunter 5 episodes, 1984
Patricia Quinn ...  Sylvia Daisy Pouncer 4 episodes, 1984
John Horsley ...  Bishop of Tatchester 4 episodes, 1984
Helen Fraser Helen Fraser ...  Ellen 4 episodes, 1984
Patrick Troughton ...  Cole Hawlings 3 episodes, 1984
Anne Dyson ...  The Old Lady 3 episodes, 1984
Nick Berry Nick Berry ...  Pirate Rat 3 episodes, 1984
Stewart Harwood Stewart Harwood ...  Pirate Rat 3 episodes, 1984
Bill Wallis Bill Wallis ...  Rat 2 episodes, 1984
Charles Pemberton Charles Pemberton ...  Chief Constable 2 episodes, 1984
Johnny Casino Johnny Casino ...  Old Jim 2 episodes, 1984
Simon Barry Simon Barry ...  Mouse 2 episodes, 1984
Jason Kemp Jason Kemp ...  Waterfall Boy 2 episodes, 1984
John Styles John Styles ...  Puppeteer 2 episodes, 1984


Based on the classic children's novel by John Masefield, the story follows the exploits of a young boy, Kay Harker, who finds himself drawn into a world of magic and danger when he encounters an old Punch and Judy man. Written by <markh@centurione.com>

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Release Date:

21 November 1984 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

La caja mágica See more »

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(6 episodes)



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The most expensive production for British Television at the time, with an estimated budget of 1.000.000 pounds. The special effects were innovative for that time period and were considered to be groundbreaking (namely the use of matte drawings, blending human and animated characters together and extensive use of blue screen and digital effects). See more »


Abner Brown: [running his finger through the flame from a match] And as for that boy. What I won't do to that boy.
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A wonderful piece of television magic especially at Christmas
11 December 2005 | by kkuwertzSee all my reviews

I loved this series and I was 25 when it was shown, I taped all episodes and watched them over and over, I can only lament the loss of the tapes but I can thoroughly recommend "The box of delights" to anyone who hasn't lost their childhood magic. Patrick Troughton is one of my favorite actors and is marvelous as is Robert Stephens in a dastardly role, the effects are very good considering the budget with the BBC and the acting is great. The story is a classic, although I had never heard of John Masefield until this series much to my chagrin. I know that children of all ages will enjoy it.I know I did and would again.

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