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Owl Service, The

FOWL PLAY from the North. Posh girl cultivates broody pining in both local bit of rough and equally posh stepbrother. Discovers set of plates with owls on them. Starts scratching people’s faces. Makes cut-out birds. Gets possessed. Lots of running about on hills. Someone turns into an eagle. Someone else gets hit by a stick. Turns out it was all a dream. Next!

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  1. Gemini71

    April 10, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    I really do not think you have watched this seminal adaptation of Alan Garner’s modern classic properly. In the first place, nobody turns into an eagle, and in the second place, it doesn’t end with all the events being all a dream. You ought to read the book and you will become aware of the subtleties of the nature of Alison’s possession, and the emotional impact it has on the other characters. For my money, it is the first mature children’s drama. It set the standard for TV shows of that genre that are made today. It probably influenced Steven Moffat’s TV writing.

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