FOLLYFOOT TV SERIES THEME

He was normally there for the comic relief because, contrary to popular belief -mainly due to the series lack of repeats and unavailability on DVD- Follyfoot was not a light-hearted romp of girl meets horse, falls in love with stable-hand and they all live happily ever after. At the end of season one the regulars were joined by two younger members of staff and season two closed with the Colonel desperately ill and Dora facing the choice of staying at Follyfoot Farm or going back to her now returned parents. He was certainly the noisiest character in the series, riding around on a motorcycle that he proudly rebuilt for five pounds. Interviewed at the time Rodska cited his key interests as skiing, skating and painting. The series starred Gillian Blake in the lead role. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

A complete boxset of the series was released in late Despite an apparent appeal limited to young girls with an equine interest, Follyfoot was actually aimed squarely at the teenage market and often had challenging things to say about the treatment of horses and animals generally in British society. The actor had studied at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London playing a vast range of characters from a fifteen- year-old to an eighty-seven-year-old in “Three Sisters”. Life at uncle George’s large country house is decidedly dull compared to the stable area where the horses are kept. The series was a huge success, judged the Best Children’s Programme of by the Society of Film and Television Arts and was bought by television companies in twenty countries. The first series won the Harlequin award for best production at the BAFTA Awards , while the second series episode, “The Debt”, reached the top 20 in the weekly television ratings—a rarity for an afternoon-timeslot show. These ran until —long after the series had finished.

Webarchive template wayback links All articles with dead external links Articles with dead external links from January Articles with permanently dead external links Use dmy dates from August Use British English from August TV. This series was aimed at older children and dealt with many issues that older children were -or about- to face. The series’ theme song, “The Lightning Tree”, written by Steven Francis pen name of Francis Essex, the brother of Tony Essex and sung by The Settlersis well-remembered, sometimes more so than the series itself.

His Danish born father was once captain of the Royal Yacht of King Follyfkot of Iraq and when Christian was young he had travelled with his family all over the world.

These ran until —long after the series had finished. The series proved to be very popular and was sold to many countries at the time of the original UK transmission. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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A complete boxset of the series was released in late For the North Yorkshire village, see Follifoot. He was normally there for the comic relief because, contrary to popular belief -mainly due to the series lack of repeats and unavailability on DVD- Follyfoot was not a light-hearted romp of girl tf horse, falls in love with stable-hand and they all live happily ever after.

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As an adult I found the same emotions and experiences expressed in the series were just as relevant and poignant to an adult of today, as a child or teenager from the ‘s” -Follyfoot fan Nik Short. Retrieved from ” https: The ‘lightning tree’ was another feature that had to be added.

Hodson follyfoott used to being around horses after staying with a family that owned a stable. The ensemble cast of characters also included a former juvenile delinquent turned stable hand, Steve, played by Bradford born Steve Hodson. This led to the series three storyline, which saw Dora as Mistress of Follyfoot. Buckingham born Gillian started riding horses when she was five-years-old. Laurence Marcus Links: One time stand-up comedian turned character actor Arthur English completed this ensemble as Slugger, the Colonel’s ex batman and a former boxer now turned cook.

One of the most enchanting television programmes from the s was undoubtedly Yorkshire Television’s Follyfoot. No further releases ever came to light, and this video has long been deleted. The ethos of Follyfoot generally was to give another chance to both horses and people who had been sreies by the rest of society: But the teenage girl doesn’t feel as though she srries in to the privileged, upper-class lifestyle she has been born into.

Several other famous people had minor roles, one being Pam St Clementfolkyfoot others being Gretchen Franklin as the Colonel’s housekeeper and Kathy Staff in two separate bit parts.

This page was last edited on 3 Novemberat In the first episode the colonel’s niece, Dora Gillian Blakearrives teme stay when her father is offered a job in Vollyfoot on behalf of the British government. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Yorkshire Television for ITV. However, on DVD, Series 1 episodes 1 to 13 was released in In the middle of the farm stands a burnt out tree that had been struck by lightning during a storm one night and the Colonel believes that it will bloom again given enough care and attention, so everyone who passes it by is required to throw a bucket of water over its roots, making it a symbol of the work undertaken in theke horse sanctuary, as well as something of a supposedly good luck charm.

The first series won the Harlequin award for best production at the BAFTA Awardswhile the second series episode, “The Debt”, reached the top 20 in the weekly television ratings—a rarity for an afternoon-timeslot show. Views Read Edit View history. It was originally inspired by Monica Dickens ‘ novel Cobbler’s Dream republished in as New Arrival at Follyfoot ; she later wrote four further books in conjunction with the seried Follyfoot inDora at Follyfoot inThe Horses of Follyfoot inand Stranger at Follyfoot in Interviewed at the time Rodska cited his key interests as skiing, skating and painting.

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Hope, despair, jealousy, insecurity, themme and mistrust -all these emotions and more were played out through the three excellent series of Follyfoot, with continuity coming from the fact that from episode one until episode thirty-nine only 3 scriptwriters were employed.

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When the farmyard presented a rather featureless expanse of cobbles, it was decided to plant the tree and this required a seven-ton crane to move the tree half a mile to the farm where it was sunk into seven tons of concrete. The actor had studied at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London playing a vast range of characters from a fifteen- year-old to an eighty-seven-year-old in “Three Sisters”.

But what really characterised the series was its rotation of directors, many of whom have since become revered figures in the UK film industry, including Stephen FrearsMichael Apted and even Jack Cardiff who took time out from working overseas with Kirk Douglas to direct two episodes of the series.

The first three episodes of the series was released on video in then deleted in Also, in the third series, most notably, David Hemmings took the time to appear in one episode, “Uncle Joe” and also to direct two other episodes which took place before and after that episode: The first three episodes were released on video in But as eighteen-year-old Dora she easily slipped back into the saddle.

As Follyfoot’s executive producer, Tony Essex explained: Life at uncle George’s large country house serues decidedly dull compared to the stable area where the horses are kept. All dates indicated are the first year of broadcast. But when she landed one of the lead roles in Follyfoot she had to learn to ride all over again because she had not ridden for several years. Since then the entire series has been released on DVD by Network “Watching Follyfoot today it occurs to me that the series works on so many different levels.

At the end of season one the regulars were joined by two younger members of staff and season two closed with the Colonel desperately ill and Dora facing the choice of staying at Follyfoot Farm or going back to her now returned parents.

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