In 1925, three brothers (Craig McFarlane, Howard Taylor, Paul Erangey) run away from their strict aunt (Rosalie Crutchley) and attempt to survive on their own in a huge forest nearby. An adaptation of the classic 1944 children’s novel that was inspired by the author’s loneliness as a child, and love of nature. The latter part is richly represented here, as much of the story and footage focus on the runaway boys’ relationship with animals. We follow their adventures in the forest, while clumsy policemen and a scheming reporter try to find them. Inspiring, albeit leisurely paced, stuff for preteens. Haunting music theme.
1980-Britain. Made for TV. 325 min. Color. Produced and directed by David Cobham. Novel: Denys Watkins-Pitchford. Music: Paul Lewis. Cast: Craig McFarlane (Robin Hensman), Howard Taylor (John Hensman), Paul Erangey (Harold Hensman), Rosalie Crutchley, Hilary Mason, Michael Robbins.
Trivia: Originally shown in 13 episodes.