The Phoenix and the Carpet (1997)

BBC (ended 1997)


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The Phoenix and the Carpet (1997)

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In this remake of the original 1970s series, five children in Victorian-era Great Britain find an enchanted carpet. They also find a magic egg, which hatches and they now have, new friend, a magical Phoenix.
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  • A great British childrens show.

    This was a great British childrens television series. As is normal with good television shows, this one did not last long enough. This is a show that I would suggest watching if you get the chance. Check the bargain bins at Wal-Mart, the online movies sites ( and such) and all of the cable channels that run old shows. Nick at Nite and TV Land are great for theses kind of shows. They will even do a week long spot for shows that only had 6 or so episodes. Then you have your super stations. They run a bunch of old shows too. All in all a pretty good show that did not get a good enough chance. Sometimes it is a simple as the show it is up against. Look at Law & Order. It is one of the longest running shows on TV. They moved it to go up against Lost. After about 2 weeks of getting pounded in the ratings it was moved back to it's original time slot. Shows like this should be given more of an opportunity.moreless
  • A group of well-behaved British Children discover a magic egg that holds inside of it a magical creature, a Phoenix. Along with their grandfather's magic carpet, the Phoenix and the children embark on a series of adventures.moreless

    Might not have had the greatest of production values, but this mini-series falls into the canon of British shows winding up on Canadian Public Television to fill childrens' minds with wonder. When I see a Harry Potter film (or - gasp - read the book) and it tickles me a certain way, it's because I see Harry Potter as being evocative of the kinds of creations that share a spot in the pantheon with Phoenix and the Carpet.

    The best known feature of the series is the metalic Phoenix puppet that takes the children on their adventures. Shares a lot in common with Perseus' Owl from "Clash of the Titans" but without all the stop-motion.

    The idea of being able to go on a magical journey by simply visiting your grandfather's house, helped sweeten the pot for our own real visits to our Grandma and Grampa's house.

    More than anything, I see this show as a rite of passage for a child destined to fall into the realm of Dungeons & Dragons and books about Greek Mythology.moreless