Swallows and Amazons Forever!

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Swallows and Amazons Forever!
Written byArthur Ransome (books)
Michael Robson (script)
Directed byAndrew Morgan
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes8
Production location(s)Norfolk Broads
Original networkBBC
Original release1984 –

Swallows and Amazons Forever! is a 1984 BBC children's television series based on two children's novels from the Swallows and Amazons series by Arthur Ransome, Coot Club (four episodes) and The Big Six (four episodes).

The setting is the Norfolk Broads in the 1930s, partly near the village of Horning, with the children sailing and bird-watching, plus some detective work in The Big Six. The main characters are visitors Dick and Dorothea (Dot) Callum and locals Tom Dudgeon, the twins Nell and Bess, three boatbuilders’ sons Joe, Bill and Pete, and adults Mrs Barrable, Dr Dudgeon (father of Tom) and Frank Farland (father of the twins) plus in Coot Club five obnoxious adults in a motor cruiser, the Margoletta who are called the Hullabaloos by the children. Despite the title, Ramsome's other groups of children the Swallows and the Amazons do not appear.

A Puffin paperback with the same title was published in 1983; it is a condensation of Coot Club (omitting the postscript) and The Big Six.(omittiing 7 chapters). It was reissued as a Red Fox paperback in 1993 with the title Swallows and Amazons for Ever!


Richard Walton as Dick Callum
Caroline Downer as Dorothea Callum
Henry Dimbleby as Tom Dudgeon
Claire Matthews as Bess Farland
Sarah Matthews as Nell Farland
Nicholas Walpole as Joe
Mark Page as Bill
Jake Coppard as Pete
Rosemary Leach as Mrs Barrable
John Woodvine as Mr Tedder the Policeman
Colin Baker as Dr Dudgeon
Andrew Burt as Frank Farland
Simon Hawes as George Owden
some minor characters
Julian Fellowes as Jerry a Hullabaloo
Patrick Troughton as Harry Bangate the Eel Man
Sam Kelly as the Owner of the Cachalot

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