Fancasting British Literature: Enid Blyton’s The Famous Five

Based on the children’s books by Enid Blyton; when Julian (Dane Hughes), Dick (Bleu Landau) and Anne (Teddie-Rose Malleson-Allen) are made to live with their Aunt Fanny (Jessica Hynes) and Uncle Quentin (Colin Firth) in the English countryside, they clash with their cousin Georgina / George (Sophia Lillis).
But it’s not too long before strange and weird happenings in the local area and movement in the cove of Kirrin Island have the children putting their squabbles aside to stop some bandits from stealing the island’s treasure and that’s just one of their many adventures, which also includes George’s lovable dog  Timmy.

My Cast


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Creator: Philippa Lowthorpe

Writers: Andrea Gibb & Debbie Horsefield

Series Directors: Philippa Lowthorpe & Will McGregor

Musical Score: Ann Dudley (Poldark)

Main Characters

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Cinematographer: Adriano Goldman (The Crown)

No. Seasons: Two

No. Episodes: Twenty-Two (Eleven episodes per season)

Distribution: BBC One (UK) & BBC America (US)

Supporting Characters

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Production: BBC Wales

Country of Origin: United Kingdom

Running Time: 60 mins

Certificate: PG

Additional Characters

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The Famous Five has had two previous adaptations, both entertaining shows in their own right. However, I think with today’s progress in film and television, a series could be made in the same vain as the film Swallows and Amazons and shot in the English countryside, much akin to great period dramas like Poldark.

A show like this would bring these stories to today’s generation and perhaps create lashings of new fans in the process