This Alan Seymour dramatisation of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe was originally broadcast as a
BBC series in 1988.
Whether you take CS Lewis’ unsubtle Christian symbolism on board or not, the fact remains that the cycle
of Narnia novels, of which this was the fi rst, are among the best children’s fantasy stories of all time. For
anyone who spent their formative years on Mars, the story concerns four children who fi nd their way
into a magical land benevolently ruled by the mystical lion, Aslan (voiced by Ronald Pickup, no less).
Aslan has been deposed by the evil White Witch (played wonderfully by a screechingly camp Barbara
Kellerman) who has cast all of Narnia into perpetual winter and whose eventual defeat entails a fearful
While the special effects are fi rmly of the Doctor Who school, Lewis’ writing is expertly transferred to the
small screen and there are robust but credible performances from the four highly plausible young thesps
cast in the leading roles.
It’s perfect for cosy family (early) evening viewing, and something that young viewers will return to
again and again