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First transmitted in 1984, Chocky is a six-part TV adaptation of John Wyndham's clever novel. Matthew, an apparently normal 12-year-old boy, starts talking to an invisible presence called Chocky, who quizzes him on a wide variety of subjects as if unfamiliar with life on Earth. Over the course of the serial it is suggested that Chocky is an alternate personality or, after Matthew has been helped by Chocky to rescue his sister from drowning, a guardian angel. But we realise early on that this non-imaginary friend is in fact an alien who has made exploratory contact with the boy. Though Chocky manifests as a swirl of blue light, this is a rare piece of TV science fiction that sticks to the domestic arena, exploring ideas rather than playing with special effects.
Wyndham's very 1950s-styled novel is updated by making the kids less well-spoken, and throwing in Rubik's cubes and space invaders video games, but adaptor Anthony Read's script preserves the virtues of the novel. Young Andrew Ellams is fine in a demanding role, and there's good-quality puzzled concern from dad James Hazeldine and 80s TV's resident sexy mum Carol Drinkwater. Apart from a few eye-abusing 1984 fashions--Jeremy Bulloch's huge glasses and blinding white jeans in a cameo as a psychiatrist--and the general leisurely pace, which is no bad thing in such a careful piece of drama, this has dated little. Those who remember its first broadcast will find it lives up to the memory, and those who weren't born then should still find it an entertaining watch.
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#1
Is this the same one Jim davidson used to go on about?
#2
Thanks. Didn't know about this. Loved the book.
#3
great price and if I remember - scary as hell !.. LOL...
#4
ha. i forgot the name of this, my borther was obsessed with it. its good fair play - or was when i was 7. dont beat mysterious citys of gold tho
#5
I loved this when I was a kid and bought it a couple of years ago for my kids (aged 5 & 9 at the time) to watch on a long car journey down to the south of France. Despite looking rather dated now, they too absolutely loved it and we ended up buying the later series "Chocky's Children" and "Chocky's Challenge".

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#6
Pigs_in_Space
Is this the same one Jim davidson used to go on about?


LOL!
#7
I'm quite tempted - I've always wanted to see this. The star (Andrew Ellams) was my Economics teacher back during my A level years.
#8
This scared the hell out of my sister when we were little, so I've just ordered it for her birthday. Cheers!
#9
cant be as good as the tv show we watched at school in the music room on a tuesday morning called the boy from space
#10
^Boy from space, dark towers, fairground. All look and read classics from the 80's :)
#11
Some of the movies were not bad, but the last one, Seed of Chocky, was pretty bad. ;-)
#12
The Chocky DVDs have been reissued this year . This looks like one of the originals. Great series.
#13
Grantos1
Some of the movies were not bad, but the last one, Seed of Chocky, was pretty bad. ;-)


Was just thinking the same, though our kids are not allowed to watch this stuff. They seem to have changed chockys face, it never used to look quite like that though, judging by the cover in the photo above

Potentially a good deal
#14
This is CHOCKY, not CHUCKY :?
#15
This scared me to death, yet I still watched it:w00t:
#16
got goosebumps just from the youtube clips - not as scary asboy from space though!
what were they doing to us?
#17
Fantastic, I remember it well. The Green thing that made Matthew overheat a space invaders game or something like that and who didn't want Matthew to 'out' him. Memories, sigh. But does anyone know about Witches and the Grinnygog (I've completely mispelt the grinnygog bit) that was brilliant also, but couldn't find mention of it the last time I googled it. Now that it's half time, I might have another go...
#18
digger87
Fantastic, I remember it well. The Green thing that made Matthew overheat a space invaders game or something like that and who didn't want Matthew to 'out' him. Memories, sigh. But does anyone know about Witches and the Grinnygog (I've completely mispelt the grinnygog bit) that was brilliant also, but couldn't find mention of it the last time I googled it. Now that it's half time, I might have another go...


I take it back re the grinnygog thing. Just googled and seen quite a few links. Will check after full-time. COME ON ENGLAND
#19
markoUK
This is CHOCKY, not CHUCKY :?


I got a little confused too - i was thinking of 'Conky' ...

http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk37/bsedbrook/bubbles2_1024x768.jpg

:p
#20
I recommend this... :whistling:

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