Moondial

Season 1 Episode 1

Part One

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Aired Unknown Feb 10, 1988 on BBC
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Moondial begins with an opening night sequence showing a girl in old fashioned nightdress running through a gateway and into a church ground, she then opens a very large gate and enters a garden garden - she reaches a large grey / white statue and clasps the moondial it supports. She then runs back towards a dark old house with a single light in the doorway. She runs along the path leading up to the light and then up some large stone steps. She peers inside and sees a small girl running towards her on the other side of the glass. Through the window a struggle between a young girl and an older person can be seen. After the death of her father Minty and her mother visit Aunt Mary (Minty's godmother). It is hoped that the break in the country will help Minty and her mother come to terms with the loss. Aunt Mary used to look after Kate when she was younger as Minty has her bedroom. Her mum shows Minty round the bedroom - full of old photos and in particular an old patchwork quilt full of Aunt Mary's memories. Minty and her mum can see the church from the bedroom window and decide to go for a walk. The scene then shifts to churchyard where Minty and her mother are walking. Minty goes round the corner of the church and discovers a barrier of cold air and a wind around particular stonework. It is now time for her mum to leave and Minty gives her a hug before she leaves in her car. Minty goes back into the house and sits down at a table spread with jelly, sandwiches and cake. Before she can begin eating, the telephone rings and Aunt Mary goes to answer it. Minty then learns that there has been an accident between Minty's mum's car and a lorry. Aunt Mary then says that a Mr Benson has gone to the hospital to see Minty's mum. Minty wants to go out for a walk but is told to stay away from the village. She is told to go and see the large House with Will World at the lodge.

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The music used in the series opening sequence & closing credits (also appearing throughout the series) has got to be one of the most scariest pieces of music I have ever heard used in a BBC children's drama.

The Music is by David Ferguson who did a number of children's TV series in the 1990s.moreless

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