Through the Dragon's Eye

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Through the Dragon's Eye
Through The Dragon's Eye Opening Credits.PNG
Opening credits of Through the Dragon's Eye
GenreChildren's fantasy
Written byChristopher Russell
Christine Russell
Starring David Collings
Simon Fenton
Nicola Stewart
Marlaine Gordon
Carolyn Pickles
Voices of Sean Barrett
Charles Collingwood
Composer(s) Roger Limb
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of episodes10 (list of episodes)
Production
Producer(s) Sue Weeks
Running time10 x 20 mins episodes
Release
Original network BBC
Original release19 September – 28 November 1989
Chronology
Preceded by Geordie Racer (1988)
Followed by Sky Hunter II (1992)

Through the Dragon's Eye is an educational BBC Look and Read production, which was first aired on BBC Two from 19 September to 28 November 1989, and has been shown regularly ever since. [1] Its plot follows three schoolchildren who are transported to a magical land, which they must save by using their reading skills. [2] The television show was also adapted into a video game for the BBC Micro. [3] A resource pack for the series was released in 1989 [4] with a novel published in 1991. [5]

Contents

Plot

The story involves three children, named Jenny, Amanda and Scott, who are painting a mural on a school wall in Acton, London (Through the Dragon's Eye was filmed at Derwentwater Primary School, Shakespeare Road in Acton, London). [6] The dragon in the mural winks at the children and they are transported to a land called Pelamar, where the dragon, named Gorwen, asks the children to undertake a task to save the magical land.

In order to save Pelamar, the children, with Gorwen's help, must recover the pieces of the Veetacore (the life source of Pelamar), which recently exploded. Until they succeed, the land of Pelamar turns increasingly barren and its inhabitants start to fade away. The instructions for the reconstruction of the Veetacore are written in a book, and the children must use their reading skills to help the Veetacore keepers, thus showing the young audience the importance of reading. The art of reading has been lost in Pelamar – this is a sore point with Doris, but the Veetacore keepers do start learning to read as the series progresses.

Unfortunately, three of the pieces have been thrown into the distant land of Widge, forcing Amanda and Scott to travel to Widge with Gorwen, Boris, and the giant mouse Rhodey in order to find them, leaving Jenny to help determine how to reassemble the Veetacore (Made harder both by her own lack of confidence at reading and the fact that the pet caterpillar of Morris, the third keeper, has eaten at some of the pages in the book). The "baddie" of the story is Charn, "The Evil One", who wants to hijack the Veetacore for his own evil purposes, and who it is implied triggered the original 'explosion' of the Veetacore in the first place.

Fortunately, the inability to read also afflicts Charn, allowing Jenny to display a written message to her friends when Charn forbids her to divulge his presence (She tricked Charn into allowing her to knit a scarf due to the cold of Pelamar, drawing out a pattern that actually spelled out "HELP! CHARN!" without him knowing, which she could then show to the others over a video phone). Although Gorwen is able to defeat Charn, he is dangerously weakened, nearly killing himself before the last Veeton is discovered and the Veetacore restored. Although the show ends with the children returning to their school at apparently the moment they left, the presence of their notebooks and three miniature versions of the Veetons they recovered proves that the experience was genuine.

Characters and Cast

Episodes

Theme tune

During the series, three different sets of lyrics (sung to the same theme tune by Derek Griffiths) were used - one at the start of episodes 2-10, another at the end of episodes 2-10 (as well as the end of episode 1), whereas the start of episode 1 used a completely different song.

Lyrics #1 (used at the start of episode 1)Lyrics #2 (used at the start of episodes 2-10 and end of episode 1)Lyrics #3 (used at the end of episodes 2-10)
North or South, East or West,

The Test
Is can you finish what you start,
Take Heart!
Look bravely through the Dragon's Eye
And fly... [8]

North or South, East or West,

The Quest
To save the life of Pelamar
Goes Far.
Look bravely through the Dragon's Eye
And fly... [9]

North or South, East or West,

It's Best
To know for sure you understand
The Plan.
Look bravely through the Dragon's Eye
And fly... [10]

Computer game

Through the Dragon's Eye was also available as an educational computer game on the BBC Micro System. [11] The game took the player through various stages of the story, whereby the user was required to use literacy and numeracy skills to solve puzzles.

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