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Hugely well remembered, Follyfoot (which was shot all on film) is one of the best family drama series ever, unlike most such series it never strayed too often into story of the week territory, maintained continuity throughout its three season run and mixed adventure and humour in equal measure. Both Ends Meet/Dora 1 9 7 2 (UK) 13 x 30 minute episodes Veteran film, TV and stage comic actress Dora Bryan starred as…
Ron Stryker ( Christian Rodska): the third of the trio of young workers at Follyfoot but also the shadiest. He is known to the police and one of his friends is Lewis Hammond, member of local miscreant gang the Night Riders. His father persuaded the Colonel to give him a job at Follyfoot to help keep him out of trouble, yet Ron is workshy and ignores constant warnings not to burst through the main gate at Follyfoot with his distinctive Triumph Tiger motorbike. Despite the rough exterior, Ron is essentially warm-hearted and loves the horses as much as everyone else. Ron is already working at Follyfoot when Dora, then Steve, arrive. While the central characters in Follyfoot remained constant throughout the series, each episode featured different horses being rescued and their stories, with guest actors every week. The very first episode featured a horse called Dragon, whose real name was Flash.As well as the Follyfoot books, the author also wrote The World's End series, which although more of a general animal-orientated series rather than pony, does include a strong pony element. They are all excellent reads. She later wrote a fantasy type series which also has a horse theme, although once again perhaps not strictly pony books. Harder to find than the Follyfoot books, especially the last two, although usually not particularly expensive to buy. Can sometimes be found in the USA and Australia also.
Hello Yellow - 80 Books to Help Children Nurture Good Mental Health and Support With Anxiety and Wellbeing - Joe and the Gladiator 1 9 7 1 (UK) 3 x 25 minute episodes Joe Darling (Dennis Lingard) is an apprentice on the Newcastle shipyards…
Cast: Rio Fanning (Reporter), Len Jones (Willy Willens), John Lyons (Photographer), Margery Mason (Mrs. Willens), Bryan Sweeney (Gip Willens)
A much-loved children's television series, Follyfoot was set in a sanctuary for abandoned horses. Aimed at making a statement about the poor treatment of horses and other animals in British society, it carried a remarkably hard-hitting modern message, despite being a product of the early 1970s. The book became the inspiration for the TV series Follyfoot almost a decade later. The series had a massively pro-animal stance. Characters who saw horses as disposable and of no use once they could no longer work were shown in a distinctly negative light. A young boy asks Dora if she can stable his horse, which he claims is a Grand National winner worth a hundred pounds. The boy's father runs the local amusement fair and says that he has to sell the horse, which is worthless. Dora and the others intervene, but as the boy runs away with the horse, his father desperately tries to find him. Once found, they tell the boy his horse is indeed very special.
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Blake studied acting at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and began her professional career in the late 1960s. She appeared in the 1969 film Goodbye Mr. Chips. She went on to perform additional roles on television. In 1971 she landed the lead role in a Yorkshire Television Production Follyfoot, which ran for three series until 1973. Her last role of note was in two episodes of the BBC2 Playhouse series in 1980. Cast: Gillian Bailey (Callie Holmes), Wallace Campbell (Vet), Christopher Coll (George Platt), Kay Gallie (George's wife), Paul Guess (Lewis Hammond), Keith James (Shopkeeper), Bert Palmer (Tom Platt), Kathy Staff (Woman)