Read All About It!

TVO (ended 1984)
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  • Episode Guide
  • S 2 : Ep 20

    Final Moments

    Aired 1/22/84

  • S 2 : Ep 19


    Aired 1/15/84

  • S 2 : Ep 18

    The Ambassadors

    Aired 1/8/84

  • S 2 : Ep 17


    Aired 1/1/84

  • S 2 : Ep 16

    The Force

    Aired 12/25/83

  • Cast & Crew
  • Kay Hawtrey

    Dr. Crystal Couplet

  • Sean Hewitt


  • Michael Dwyer


  • Angela Fusco

    voice of Theta

  • Charles Palmer

    Mr. Walker

  • show Description
  • Read All About It! was a science-fiction fantasy for children, whose basic aim was to encourage its viewers to read and write. These skills were achieved through plots similar to Doctor Who. The whole of Season 1 (produced 1979-80) was devoted to three kids who set up a newspaper called The Herbertville Chronicle in an effort to track down a conspiracy that could spell doom for the planet Earth. Season 2 (produced 1983-84) features five storylines, including an emotional quartet of shows about moving from one town to another. TVO produced Read All About It! and published The Herbertville Chronicle for school use. All this occurred before Read All About It! turned into a Sunday morning serial on TVO beginning Sept. 1983. The network also published a novelization of Season 1.moreless

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (5)

    • The TVO Kids Shows Tribute Page shows images of Uncle Derek's urgent message to Chris, but not the instructions: You must help. I am trying to uncover a terrible conspiracy in Herbertville. If I fail, you must continue my work. Trust only Otto and Theta. There is danger everywhere. Destroy this message.

    • "For once and for all,

      We wish to be free.

      Concealed behind wall

      The Problem Pit key."

      –Solution to one of the word puzzles

    • Before translated, the stolen message consists of four numbers standing in for four letters. Upon translation, the note reads:

      DUNEEDON warns

      Unless Chronicle

      Newspaper is halt3d

      Entire plan is


      DUNEEDON orders

      Operators to take

      Necessary measures.

    • Merlin's message on reaching Trialviron is spelled out on the floor of the Coach House as: "them/tripe/rafter/placing/stair/linen." When Chris and Lynne interpret the arrangement of the words, with "Merlin" spelled along one column, they remove "Merlin" to read the true message: "The trip, after pacing star line."

    • Aladdin breaks into a song about homonyms after committing a few mistakes. The chorus reads:

      When a homonym occurs

      And You must choose

      The meaning of your sentence

      Tells you which to use.

    Notes (3)

    • A few inconsequential lines from this program were removed to ensure the episode ran 14 minutes and 25 seconds, the standard running time of many TVO programs.

    • The air dates listed for Season 2 are built from hypothesis stemming from a 1983 advertisement posted in the TVO Kids Shows Tribute Page. This editor figured that, because this program took place at Christmastime, it would have been natural for TVO to not preempt this program December 25, 1983. If this editor is wrong, please submit your response here in the Notes section.

    • The destruction of Trialviron (which, like so many movie-set demolitions, could only be filmed once) truly represented the end of an era at TVO. A year after this program was aired, TVO officially went into the high-tech production industry, bringing in computer animation for shows such as Chemical Equilbrium.

    Trivia (1)

    • Theta's memory bank replays from the very beginning, with Uncle Derek's urgent message to Chris (See Quotes in Episode 1, "The Coach House"). And yet, that message was supposed to have self-destructed the minute it was played.

  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • When Chris's uncle goes missing and presumed dead, Chris is granted use of his uncle's coach house. Under secret instructions from Uncle Derek, Chris, with friends Samantha and Lynne, set up a newspaper as a cover while investigating an intergalactic con

    By RabbiRotes, Sep 28, 2005

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