Synopsis by Hal Erickson
The children's adventure books of Enid Blyton could be described as the British equivalent to America's Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys stories. Most of the Blyton works revolve around a group of resourceful kids who spend their time solving mysteries and capturing crooks, often with next to no cooperation from their flustered elders. One of the more popular Blyton properties is The Famous Five, featuring a quintet of youthful crimestoppers (including one dog). These stories have frequently been adapted for British television, notably in the 1978 miniseries The Famous Five. Updated with contemporaneous dialogue and costuming, the series featured Marcus Harris, Gary Russell, Jenny Thanisch, and Michelle Gallegher as preteen mystery-busters Julian, Dick, Anne, and George, with a canine performer billed as "Toddy Woodgate" in the role of Timmy the Dog. Much imitated and parodied at the time of its original Southern Television release, The Famous Five was also remade as another brief British TV series in 1996.