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    Have the vaguest memory of a children's TV drama - possibly a series, not sure. It would have been shown on British TV in the early 1980's (just possibly, late 70's) - probably on the BBC. I doubt it was made by the BBC.

    The story mainly involves at least two children (probably a brother and sister) making a long journey across a desert. During this, they run incredibly low on water. I don't recall that are completely alone on this trek - there may be more than 1 adult...

    ...but I do remember that the person who was meant to guide them cannot as he ill, having been bitten by a scorpion before they start (possibly this bit is undramatised).

    That's about all I remember, except them draining their water bottles to the last drop.


    Many thanks for any help remembering,



    John

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    Re: TV drama - Children crossing a desert

    Sounds like that Jenny agutter movie

    walkabout

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      Re: TV drama - Children crossing a desert

      Originally posted by Semi42 View Post
      Sounds like that Jenny agutter movie

      walkabout
      Thanks for the suggestion... but it's certainly not that film (which I've seen, but much later).

      This was definitely a drama primarily aimed at/for children.

      I don't think it was set in Australia.

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        Re: TV drama - Children crossing a desert

        Originally posted by Semi42 View Post
        Sounds like that Jenny agutter movie

        walkabout
        Agreed


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          Re: TV drama - Children crossing a desert

          I was thinking it was Walkabout. But held out because it was mentioned above that it may have been a series

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            Re: TV drama - Children crossing a desert

            Hi - thanks for the suggestions.

            For some reason, my much earlier follow-up hasn't show up here. It said basically:

            No, it definitely _wasn't_ Walkabout. This was not a feature film, and it was aimed at children - may be 12 year olds for it's central audience - it didn't just feature children.

            And I'm 99% certain it wasn't set in Australia.

            It was a brother and sister, crossing the Sahara probably, or perhaps Arabia... with at least one adult as guide - but not the proper guide they were going to go with.

            I think they were to be reunited with their father, who was somehow on the other side of the desert.

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            • #7
              Re: TV drama - Children crossing a desert

              Only a partial match - and way too recent for your time frame - but could you be thinking of A Far Off Place?
              https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Far_Off_Place

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                Re: TV drama - Children crossing a desert

                Thanks - that looks a really interesting film, but it wasn't that, as you suggest.

                The programme that's nagging at me was shown on the BBC in the early 1980's. But I've a feeling it wasn't a UK productions - and I suppose it might have been made earlier that that - in the 1970's perhaps.

                It was definitely a colour production though.

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