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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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    Default Re: TV drama - Children crossing a desert

    Sounds like that Jenny agutter movie

    walkabout

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    Default Re: TV drama - Children crossing a desert

    Quote Originally Posted by Semi42 View Post
    Sounds like that Jenny agutter movie

    walkabout
    Agreed


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    Default 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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    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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    Default 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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    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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