The Box Of Delights

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The Box of Delights is a BBC children's drama series of six episodes first broadcast on BBC1 between 21 November and 24 December 1984. It starred Devin Stanfield as the young boy Kay Harker, Patrick Troughton (the Second Doctor Who) as the scruffy but kindly Punch and Judy Man Cole Hawlings, and Robert Stephens as the sinister Abner Brown. It was based on the 1935 book by then-Poet Laureate John Masefield, and was largely filmed on location in his home county of Herefordshire[1].

Filming on the SVRSevern Valley Railway

In episode 1 'When the Wolves were Running’, Kay is travelling home for Christmas. The episode begins with film of a train of GWRGreat Western Railway carriages hauled by former resident 3205 passing through open countryside along the line and arriving at ‘Musborough Junction’ (platform 2 of Bewdley) where Kay alights to change trains. Here he meets Cole Hawlings for the first time. Aboard another train, a key scene takes place in a compartment, filmed while travelling between Highley and Arley. Alighting at 'Condicote Station' (Arley), Kay mysteriously meets Hawlings again in a scene shot on the station driveway.

The final episode ‘Leave us not little, nor yet Dark’ ends with a brief scene involving Kay and 5164 at Condicote.

See also

List of film and TV productions filmed on the Severn Valley Railway


  1. The Box of Delights (TV series) on Wikipedia