The series was produced by Don Leaver and James Gatward. Most of the outdoor filming was done in the New Forest and parts of Dorset and Devon. A four-disc DVD collection, containing 23 of the 26 episodes produced for the series and two episodes from the series was released in region 4 Australia and New Zealand in The box and disc art identify it as a release of the series. The distributor had licensed the series, but due to an administrative glitch was supplied with master tapes and artwork for the series. The error was corrected in a later release.
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Recently I listened to the audiobook with my daughter. I like to think Blyton was playing the long game and had the series endured past book 23 this would have been resolved amid the unravelling of some dastardly plot.
This volume is one of the weaker ones in the Although I rated this one long ago it turns out that I was mistaken in thinking I had read it. This volume is one of the weaker ones in the series.
In book 2 he was writing formula and brewing things in test tubes. Men working for an unspecified "foreign country" worked to infiltrate his household and steal his papers. In book 4 he seemed to be some sort of civil engineer collaborating on a project to drain a marsh and getting kidnapped by an irate smuggler.
In book 6 the ubiquitous uncle is working solo on a government funded project that should "eliminate the need for coal, oil, and gas". Uncle Quentin appears to be about to solve the problem of nuclear fusion single handedly!
The science involves a tall tower made of plastic with wires poking out of the walls and a glass room at the top. We later learn that the experiment has the power to cause an explosion that would completely destroy the whole island. No, health and safety were never mentioned. Eschewing this simple and reasonable reason why Quentin might need to be on an uninhabited island Bylton wanders out on the slender limb of her scientific knowledge and declares that his work needs to be conducted beneath water and with water on all sides.
We never find out why. Of course bad men want to steal his idea. This time for profit rather than "the enemy". Quentin gets spooked that there maybe someone on the island even though reality has shifted and made it utterly impossible for anyone other than George and the local fishermen to navigate the rocks and land on the island. Timmy has to stay to guard Quentin while back on shore the children monitor his lantern and mirror signals to confirm he is ok.
George "just like a girl" gives away too much information to a shady type who shows an interest. He also provides the mandatory "extra child" in the form of his son.
It turns out that the baddies have parachuted onto the island to overcome the impassable rocks. Not only caves but a nonsensical series of natural dry tunnels running from the island under the sea and surfacing on the mainland.
Think about that one for a bit Pistols are drawn once more and a shot is fired! What kind of scientist will Uncle Quentin be next? Stay tuned!
Five on Kirrin Island Again
Recently I listened to the audiobook with my daughter. I like to think Blyton was playing the long game and had the series endured past book 23 this would have been resolved amid the unravelling of some dastardly plot. This volume is one of the weaker ones in the Although I rated this one long ago it turns out that I was mistaken in thinking I had read it. This volume is one of the weaker ones in the series.