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Earthfasts by William Mayne Earthfasts by William Mayne

Earthfasts by William Mayne Earthfasts by William Mayne

Earthfasts by William Mayne Earthfasts by William Mayne

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Earthfasts adapted for television by Marilyn Fox

Earthfasts was a superb children's drama adapted from the book written by William Mayne in 1966. William Mayne won the Carnegie Medal for children's literature in 1957. Earthfasts was part of a trilogy of books concerning the legend of King Arthur (Cradelfasts published in 1995 and Candlefasts published 2000 being the other two). The book was written many years ago in 1966 but the drama was finally adapted for television in 1994 written by Marilyn Fox (an absolute giant in children's television - Five Children and It, Jackanory, The Cuckoo Sister, The Bells of Astercote, The Bakerstreet Boys just to name but a few). All the filming was undertaken around the towns of Richmond & Wensleydale in North Yorkshire. A unique feature of this drama was the telling of the story by Keith who also plays half of the lead role in the adventure.

There were a total of five episodes on BBC1 in 1994 each lasting approximately 25 minutes. The story began on Wednesday February 27th, 1994 and ran for five weeks until the 23rd March 1994.

This drama really was under estimated in terms of its appeal, acting, storyline and music. Even though it was produced in 1994 and so therefore is relative newcomer to the world of children's drama, it was still a great piece of work. Viewers might note that David was played by Paul Nicholls who later went on to star in loads of television programs including Eastenders (dozens of episodes playing Joe). Earthfasts was his first acting role on British television.

 

Earthfasts Characters

Keith

Keith

David

David

Nellie Jack John Cherry

Nellie Jack John Cherry

Dr. Wix

Dr. Wix

Aunt Eileen

Aunt Eileen

Uncle Frank

Uncle Frank

Mrs. Heseltine

Mrs. Heseltine

Mr. Heseltine

Mr. Heseltine

Miss. Cook

Miss. Cook

Dr. Tate

Dr. Tate

PC Hunter

PC Hunter

School Children 1

School Children 1

Coroner

Coroner

Photo Shop Assistant

Photo Shop Assistant

Police Sergeant

Police Sergeant

Inquest Stranger

Inquest Stranger

School Children 2

School Children 2

School Children 3

School Children 3

Angry Woman

Angry Woman

Old Man

Old Man

 

The Story (click on the images below to follow the drama as it unfolds)

Earthfasts - Main Page
Earthfasts - Episode One
Earthfasts - Episode Two
Earthfasts - Episode Three
Earthfasts - Episode Four
Earthfasts - Episode Five
Earthfasts - Main Page
Episode One
Episode Two
Episode Three
Episode Four
Episode Five

 

Earthfasts End Credits

Written by William Mayne
   
Keith Chris Downs
David Paul Nicholls
Nellie Jack John Bryan Dick
Dr. Wix David Hargreaves
Angry Woman Judith Davis
Old Man Geoffrey Banks
Eileen Watson Ruth Holden
Frank Watson Bobby Knutt
PC Hunter Mark Jordon
Mrs. Heseltine Kate Rutter
Mr. Heseltine Terence Edmond
Photo Shop Assistant Mark Crowshaw
Miss. Cook Barbara Dryhurst
Police Sergeant Nick Stringer
Dr Tate (headmaster) Peter Barnes
Pianist Philip Colman
Coroner Kenneth Alan Taylor
Corroner's Officer Peter Edbrook
Stranger at Inquest Tony Capstick
School children Lorraine Clayton, Simon Ingram, Calum MacKenzie, Natalie Mosley, James Penn & James Reynolds
King Arthur Jonathan Howell
   
   
With thanks to Richmond castle North Yorkshire English Heritage
Music composed by Ilona Sekacz
Stunt Arranger Sadie Eden & Peter Brayham
Visual Effects Designer Tony Harding
Property Master Bill Brown
Construction Manager Roger Wilkins
Properties Buyer Sue Templar
Design Assistant Clara Morland
Make-up Design Christine Powers & Shelley Webber
Costume Design Pat Godfrey & Marion Lester-Card
Assistant Floor Managers Matthew Napier & Nigel Watson
Production Assistant Kathryn Harris
Location Manager Camilla McNair
Production Manager Charles Whaley
Vision Supervisor Pete Lester
Sound Martin Broadfoot & Andrew James
Sound supervisor Martin Broadfoot
Dubbing mixer John Downes & Derek Lancaster
Video Effects Adam McInnes & Alison Rickman
Video Camera Trevor Wimlett
Videotape Editor Stephen Newnham
Production Associate Alison Law
Lighting Director John King
Designer Humphrey Jaeger
Producer Richard Callanan
Dramatised and Directed by Marilyn Fox
Earthfasts © BBC MCMXCIV  

 

Earthfasts by William Mayne Earthfasts by William Mayne

Earthfasts by William Mayne Earthfasts by William Mayne

Earthfasts by William Mayne

Earthfasts is fondly remembered by those who have requested it. Comments, thoughts and suggestions etc. to the usual address.