Moondial

The Horror Hothouse

Picture Shows: Siri Neal as Araminta Minty Cane , Helena Avellano as Sarah, and Tony Sands as Tom. Siri Neal as Araminta Minty Cane , Helena Avellano as Sarah, and Tony Sands as Tom.

Back in the 1980s the BBC’s Children’s Drama Unit produced a lot of critically acclaimed spooky shows for kids like Ghost in the Water (1982), The Children of Green Knowe (1986) and The Watch House (1986). Since those were the days before catch up telly and I was chained to a desk throughout most of that decade I missed out on these and shows like Moondial (1988) which has now been reissued on DVD in its original six part format for the first time since its second run of repeats back in 1990.

Our hero in Moondial is 13 year old Minty, short for Araminta (Siri Neal) who goes to stay with her Aunt Mary (Valerie Lush) for a holiday after her dad dies. Unfortunately after she drops Minty off at Aunt Mary’s house…

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