Last week I wrote a whole post about watching the two different versions of Swallows and Amazons. I had actually intended to write an entirely different post – I had been watching the new BBC Malory Towers series and really enjoying it. I needed something to fill the gap when the series finished and remembered enjoying the 1970s Famous Five series as a child. I was given some of the episodes on video when my cousin grew out of them and I watched them over and over again. Now seemed like the perfect time to revisit them.
I was pleased to find that I still very much enjoyed them and was just settling in to watching them when I was inspired to watch the 1990s series alongside them. I completely missed these ones as a child so I was really looking forward to comparing the two.
I have a strong emotional attachment to the series from the 70s but I have to admit that the 90s version holds up very well. It is set in the forties for a start and I much prefer those costumes to those from the seventies. For another, they do in the main seem to be more accurate adaptations of the books. There are a few instances when that is not the case but mostly it is.
However, I am not so fond of how argumentative the children are. They bicker much more than they are shown to do in the books and they are often very aggressive in the way they speak – both to each other and to others. I didn’t really see that it was necessary.
I am very much enjoying both series and am especially glad that I chose to watch them together – it is fun to compare them! I am beginning to be aware though that I will run out of episodes soon. I have no idea what I can use to fill the gap they will leave – any recommendations for similar series would be highly welcome!