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Look-in had chosen a great selection of strips thus far within it's pages.  A strange choice perhaps then, to go with a strip made up of stories from 40 years earlier.

'Enid Blyton's Famous Five' was nether current nor relevant, but since the series was at the time a huge hit on TV it was the obvious choice.

Based on the books by the affore mentioned Blyton, EBFF proved to be more popular than even ITV could have hoped.  It was a reworking of some of the popular books of the series.  EBFF was the adventures of four children and a dog, who usually going away on a trip of some sort, find themselves caught up in a mystery.  Common to the stories are a seemingly nice person who ends up being one of the villains, and a strange looking/acting person, who takes a dislike to the kids for some reason, and usually ends up being one of the villains too.  The series was littered with expletives common of the time, things like 'cripes', 'You beast!', 'Goodo', 'Wizard!', and other such gems, that you think 'should they have updated it and made it more current?', but at the same time it wouldn't be FF without them would it?

The kids were Tomboy George (Georgina) played by Michele Gallagher, Gentle Anne (Jenny Thanisch), Action boy Dick (Gary Russell) and Ideas man/leader Julian (Marcus Harris).  Making up the five was George's dog Timmy, played by Toddy.

The series (and indeed the strip) were made up of adaptations of the books, and although these were good it may have been as good - or better to make some new stories using the characters.  I particularly felt this about the strip, as all the stories adapted had only just been on TV, so seemed a bit of a waste of space, I think that was why I didn't enjoy the strip as much as perhaps I could have.  Interesting to note though that a third series was planned using new stories, but this was thought a bad idea by Blyton who vetoed it.

The series was revived in 1996 with a new cast, with some success, and a new series is in the planning stages with the all the kids, now being older (40-ish) meet up again.

The strip beautifully drawn as it was by Noble, was nonetheless a bit tedious, the stories being so fresh from the series, Angus being very faithful to the books though, a well executed production.

 

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