The long-awaited DVD premiere of this influential science-fiction series, which was first broadcast on BBC1 in early 1975. Well remembered for its unsettling depiction of a society in meltdown, The Changes paved the way for the likes of Survivors and Day of the Triffids.
When a strange noise is emitted from machinery and electricity pylons, previously placid and easy-going folk turn violently against the technology that surrounds them - ruthlessly attacking radios, TVs and other domestic appliances. In the devastating aftermath, young Nicky Gore (Victoria Williams) is separated from her parents, but finds a surrogate home with a group of Sikhs. But they soon are dubbed 'The Devil's Children' by superstitious locals and Nicky is accused of sorcery by a witchfinder. In grave danger, she is forced to find a way to escape, find her parents and uncover what caused the world to become so unbalanced.
This highly acclaimed series was adapted from Peter Dickinson's best-selling trilogy by Anna Home (who would later become chief executive of the Children's Film and Television Foundation), and features music by the BBC Radiophonic Workshop's Paddy Kingsland (The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy). Its gritty depiction of a near-apocalyptic world, and its integration of Sikh characters make it as progressive and fascinating now as it was when it was first broadcast.
Cast and Crew:
Directed by John Prowse. Adapted by Anna Home from the novels of Peter Dickinson. Starring Victoria Williams and Keith Ashton. Music by Paddy Kingsland (The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Doctor Who)
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I've yet to actually watch it, but as usual the DVD set was the cheapest I've seen, including postage and arrived overseas in just over a week. Highly recommended.
Very good series, nicely packaged and the collector's booklet is very nice.lovely series well worth a watch..good value on zavvi I enjoyed this series a lot
The Changes was a classic cult sci-fi series for children's TV in the mid1970's. But with themes that go beyond just for children, you can see why the BFI has recently re-issued the series, now it has gained cult status. The plot follows one girl who survives on her own after the whole planet is disrupted by violence against and intolerance of any technology or machinery. She eventually links up with others who help the drama along. You have to put up with implausible plot lines, but it isn't a million miles from the adult series - The Survivors. Well worth a viewing if you like a survivors-type drama.