I loved Earthfasts (1994) because of it’s sense of the land itself having a sort of dark power. It’s the usual ‘kids vs. a stone circle’ sort of thing which always grabs me. But the overall mood is genuinely foreboding and magical.
The script was good especially the narration parts which come out of nowhere with amazing turns of phrase which add to the air of mysticism, all delivered in a pleasing Lancashire accent which itself helps to set the tone of ‘dark avalon.’
I first saw this when I was 5 years old, when I saw only the opening scenes, by accident. I searched fruitlessly for the show using keywords of plot points until I found it this year.
’Schoolboys Keith and David (Chris Downs & Paul Nicholls) hear drumming under the hill on the moor near their homes, and set out to investigate. The hillside unexpectedly opens and Nellie Jack John (Bryan Dick), a drummer boy from the 18th century marches into the 20th. Bewildered and lost in a strange world, he decides to go back home.
David discovers that the candle the drummer boy left behind gives off cold rather than heat and does not burn down. Other strange things are happening - standing stones are moving on the moors, the ground is shaking and all the pigs have disappeared.’
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