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Another "do you know the name of..." - scary children's tv show - 80s

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Penthesileia Tue 10-Feb-09 21:17:29

Ok. My memory of this tv show is hazy, as it scared the daylights out of me, so I have obviously blanked it from my memory... grin

It frightened me like The Owl Service and Chocky...

So, the 2 scenes I remember are:

- a girl is possessed (in some way) by the spirit of another girl who is somehow lost in time... She's been saying the "name" of this girl, but no-one understands, until she happens to be in a greenhouse (or something) and the window is steamed up; she writes the word she's been saying: and it's a girl's name, said/written backwards, which appears as a real name to the children standing outside.


- the children are in a church, and it's coming up to some critical time when the girl trapped in time is going to be released (?), and a huge bell falls from the tower onto the children - or perhaps just the girl? - and when it is removed, they're/she's gone.

Like I say, my memory of this is really poor, but these two scenes have stuck with me forever.

<bites nails>

Help me! I know there must be someone out there who knows what I'm talking about... I need to purge myself of these scary memories! grin

solidgoldbullet4myvalentine Tue 10-Feb-09 21:21:23

I think I am just a little bit too old to remember this, though I have some very very vague recollections of (I think) a book along similar lines.

Tinker Tue 10-Feb-09 21:23:35

How old are you?


The Owl Service - that brings back memories.

Penthesileia Tue 10-Feb-09 21:23:47

It might have been a book turned into a series... Like The Owl Service, etc.

God - I'm all freaked out having just written that description! grin

I need to know what it was called!

sassy Tue 10-Feb-09 21:26:13

Moondial? Were there 2 victorian children and a modern girl?

Penthesileia Tue 10-Feb-09 21:26:55

I'm 30...

Ooohhh - off to google Timeslip...

UnquietDad Tue 10-Feb-09 21:29:04

I have Moondial on video and it doesn't sound like a scene from that.

AMumInScotland Tue 10-Feb-09 21:29:09

I don't know the name but I do remember it... specially the bit about the bell falling down.... sorry, that's not much help is it? I'll think about it....

Penthesileia Tue 10-Feb-09 21:29:39

No, not Timeslip - though that looks great!

Nor Moondial - but thanks for reminding me of it! That was a super series.

Penthesileia Tue 10-Feb-09 21:30:49

AMumInScotland - I'm so glad you remember too! I sometimes think I made it up! grin

Tinker Tue 10-Feb-09 21:32:09

I had nightmares for years about an episode of Timeslip. Slept with the covers over my head. I'm a lot older than you though so prob don't know this.

ContainsWildPerilousLuurve Tue 10-Feb-09 21:33:24

The name backwards - Karen!

Watcher in the Woods

Penthesileia Tue 10-Feb-09 21:33:53

grin Tinker! I know what you mean.

Is children's tv as good as when we were little? [old gimmer emoticon]

ContainsWildPerilousLuurve Tue 10-Feb-09 21:35:31

Was the bell dropping fast or slow? I remember a strange programme when i was little where the girl was being crushed by a block in a shop (?) and the boy could stop it if he wanted but he was like an impassive Alien.

<clearly touched>

Hangingbellyofbabylon Tue 10-Feb-09 21:35:47

did it have a character called Araminta 'minty'? no idea where in the reccesses of my mind I'm getting that from but it sounds familiar.

thequietone Tue 10-Feb-09 21:36:58

it's not the one about the separated twins (boy and girl). Thst culminated in a tower in a lightning storm. Charlie Creed Miles was the boy in that one.

Penthesileia Tue 10-Feb-09 21:36:59

Yes - Karen - she was going around saying "Narek"...!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thank you, Contains!!!... But damn you too! That youtube clip is only reminding me HOW FRICKING SCARY IT WAS!


AMumInScotland Tue 10-Feb-09 21:38:17

"The Watcher in the Woods"! That's the one I was thinking of. And it explains why I waatched it.... David McCallum blush

Penthesileia Tue 10-Feb-09 21:38:22

So it was a film? Not a series? Weird how your memory plays tricks on you...

Tinker Tue 10-Feb-09 21:38:33

It was this episode Look at her face at the end when the longevity drug stopped working. shock

Penthesileia Tue 10-Feb-09 21:41:54

I am genuinely scared of opening that link, Tinker. Will I sleep again if I do.

<half serious>

Penthesileia Tue 10-Feb-09 21:42:52

I CANNOT believe my parents let me watch that film... shock

Tinker Tue 10-Feb-09 21:43:19

It just looks like Joan Rivers without surgery and botox. But, at 8 or 9 it was seriously frightening

Penthesileia Tue 10-Feb-09 21:44:49

Ok. I'll click then. I can take it...

<holds breath>

ContainsWildPerilousLuurve Tue 10-Feb-09 21:45:12

Minty in Moondial was played by Julia Sawalha.

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