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Chocky DVD - £2.96 delivered
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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.

On the DVD: Chocky on disc can be accessed as a marathon two-and-a-half-hour watch or as six individual episodes (the latter is recommended). Print quality is fine given the techniques of its production. A nice extra is a 20-minute, in-depth chat with writer Anthony Read.

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This gave me nightmares! I was only 7 at the time though!

Nice find... I vaguelly remember this as a child... Classic...

I hired these from love film a couple of years back to relive all my old memories. None of my friends could remember it and I had to make sure I didn't make it up !!!!!

Was fab at the time.

Bought this myself as i partially remember it, also john wyndham was a fantastic writer. heat and rep left

2nd the John Wyndham comment

well worth picking up his books:thumbsup:

Great series this. Bargain price.

I watched it as a kid, and it was kinda freaky!!!!!

no chocky noooO!


thats all i remember about it.

Have to get it to proove my friends wrong. How come we remember but they dont.......

WOW, they have Chockys Children and Chockys Challenge too!

HEAT+REP

...and don't forget to buy that other classic Tripods either.....

Cheapest I can see is £15.99 for the Complete Series 1 & 2 on dvd.co.uk

...although they have a release date of Sep 08 (not sure why!)

theyiddo;1643766

...and don't forget to buy that other classic Tripods either.....Cheapest … ...and don't forget to buy that other classic Tripods either.....Cheapest I can see is £15.99 for the Complete Series 1 & 2 on http://www.dvd.co.uk...although they have a release date of Sep 08 (not sure why!)



Series 2 was never released. They released series 1 a few years ago, put a date up for series 2 then never bothered. Late last year I think they announced this boxset (the only way to get series 2 apparently). blinkin tightwads.

got this along with two other films (Woodsman and Freeway) on a uWish deal last week (search the forum)

It was a FIVER for the THREE DVDs, with quidco, with delivery

Not seen it yet but cold added as I reckon that is the better deal

slipperyjenks;1646582

got this along with two other films (Woodsman and Freeway) on a uWish … got this along with two other films (Woodsman and Freeway) on a uWish deal last week (search the forum)It was a FIVER for the THREE DVDs, with quidco, with deliveryNot seen it yet but cold added as I reckon that is the better deal



That deal's finished.....

Expired, but ]HERE


Heat added. Loved this as a child!

kingkano;1646108

Series 2 was never released. They released series 1 a few years ago, put … Series 2 was never released. They released series 1 a few years ago, put a date up for series 2 then never bothered. Late last year I think they announced this boxset (the only way to get series 2 apparently). blinkin tightwads.



I'll get someone to check on the BBC's internal system (called Pi)....it has the release dates of DVDs...or at least it used to before they went into a joint venture called 2Entertain to sell all the dvds.

:thumbsup:

Cheers OP-£9.88 for the whole Chocky trilogy-Heat added
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