The books were recalled after the first edition owing to copyright issues, and are now rare and high-priced collector's items. The cast consisted of Danish actors and were originally released in Danish. 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.
The series was set in the present day, fifteen years after Blyton's last novel in the series. The series was originally released on video by Portman Productions with reasonable regularity between and , many of which are still easy to find second-hand, although the sound and picture quality is not always what it could be. 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. A seven-DVD set containing the entire series and extensive bonus material was released in October in Germany by Koch Media; although there was an option to choose either the original English or German dubbed versions, the English version had non-removable German subtitles across the bottom of the screen on every episode. The Finnish punk band Widows of Helsinki made three different cover versions of the theme song, the first in early , as did the Irish indie outfit Fleur, in Unlike the previous TV series, this set the stories in the s, around when they were written.
It dramatised all the original books. Of the juvenile actors the best known is probably Jemima Rooper , who played George. In this series, because of the slang meaning of the word fanny, Aunt Fanny, played by Mary Waterhouse, was known as Aunt Frances. In some but not all recent reprints of the book, the character has been re-christened Aunt Franny. The series was released in its entirety on VHS video [ citation needed ]. A three-disc DVD collection, containing 13 of the 26 episodes of the series, was released in Australia and New Zealand in , [ citation needed ] and is marked "Revised Edition" to avoid confusion with the previous release of the series with artwork.
A new Famous Five animated TV series began airing in The new series was first announced in , and is a co-production of Chorion which currently owns all Famous Five rights and Marathon , in association with France 3 and The Disney Channel. Disney confirmed their involvement in December Chorion claims on its website that "these new programmes will remain faithful to the themes of mystery and adventure central to Enid Blyton's classic series of books.
Hodder Headline produced in the late s audio dramas in English, which were published on audio cassette and CD. All 21 episodes of the original books were dramatised. The speakers were the German dubbing artists for Gallagher, Thanisch, Russell and Harris, the leads of the first television series. For the sequels not written by Blyton and decidedly more "modern" action-oriented stories the speakers were replaced by younger ones, because it was felt that they sounded too mature.
They are based on the original characters, but written by various German writers. Two sets of gamebooks in a Choose Your Own Adventure style have been published. These books involve reading small sections of print and being given two or more options to follow, with a different page number for each option. The first series of these, written by Stephen Thraves, featured stories loosely based on the original books. They were issued in plastic wallets with accessories such as maps, dice and codebooks.
The gamebooks were titled as follows:. The books in this series were based on the first six original Famous Five books:. In an interactive fiction computer game based on the first of the books, Five on a Treasure Island , was released. He originally started coding the game on the ZX Spectrum using his own "worldscape" technique. Most of comic books in the series are based on Famous Five books created by Claude Voilier. Books were released by Hachette Livre. The first three of these volumes have also been released in English, under the name Famous Five.
Each issue published a full length illustrative comic book story adapted from Famous 5 Novels. The series came to end in the s. The Five inspired the Comic Strip parody Five Go Mad in Dorset and its sequel Five Go Mad on Mescalin , in which the characters express sympathies with Nazi Germany and opposition to the Welfare State , homosexuals, immigrants and Jews, in an extremely broad parody not so much of Blyton but of wider perceived s prejudices.
Both parodies made use of Famous Five set pieces, such as the surrender of the criminals at the end when Julian states "We're the Famous Five! Unlike the books, the four children in the Comic Strip parody are all siblings, and none is the child of Aunt Fanny and Uncle Quentin. The series was revived in with Five Go to Rehab , with the original cast reprising their roles, now well into middle-age. Reuniting for Dick's birthday after decades apart, the four and Toby lament how their lives took unexpected paths while Dick drags them on another bicycle adventure, which he had meticulously planned for fourteen years.
In a reversal, George had married a series of wealthy men whom she cuckolded with, among others, one of her stepsons her continuing penchant for bestiality with the latest Timmy is also implied ; whereas Anne has become a strongly opinionated vegan spinster and is suspected by Dick of being a "dyke" — an accusation made against George by Toby in the original Five Go Mad in Dorset. George and Julian have been committed to an alcoholics' sanatorium, the latter owes a large debt to African gangsters, and Anne recently served a prison sentence for setting her nanny aflame.
Robbie Coltrane reprised both of his roles. Five Go to Rehab utilises a form of a floating timeline ; although the original films' events are said to have taken place thirty years in the past and "five years after the war ", the reunion film appears to be set approximately contemporaneous to its filming. Amidst a plethora of deliberate misspellings, he lists no fewer than ten members of the Five, not counting a dog named Cragesmure. A man warns them off Woenow Abbey and they subdue and question him.
The story, like many other stories in this nonsense volume, stops there. Viz comic has parodied the series' style of writing and type of stories on a number of occasions, most notably in its Jack Black strip. In one such strip, Jack Black actually murders a group of young detectives clearly based on The Famous Five so they won't compete with him for a reward. The parody was based on the first book Five on a Treasure Island.
A story in The Guardian also parodies the Famous Five. It argues that Anne, Dick, George and Julian are caricatures rather than characters, portraying Anne as having no life outside of domestic labour. It highlights what the writer, Lucy Mangan , considers to be the power struggle between Dick, George and Julian while Anne is sidelined.
British comedian John Finnemore did a radio sketch in which Julian and George run into each other as adults and reminisce. When a terrorist cell is discovered that has big plans for Texas, Elizabeth and Derek find themselves face to face once again and the chemistry between them is just as strong as ever.
For Derek the FBI is not moving fast enough. Lives are stake as the possibility arises that chemical warfare is the terrorist weapon of choice. Instead of wading through bureaucracy, red tapes and waffling, which is the FBI in a nutshell, he wants to gain Intel from Elizabeth and use it go after the terrorist himself. From start to finish the action is non-stop and suspense gets more intense with each chapter.
This story touches on several themes. The work of the SEALS, and vast difference in methods they employee as opposed to government agencies. The FBI might let us all die.
The effects of war, the honor among SEALS, the impact it has on the personal lives of the men is also an undercurrent. Derek is my kind of guy. He pulls no punches, gets the job done and means business. We really need more guys like this one! Oh and he's a super hot SEAL and that makes him super sexy too.
Elizabeth was a bit timid, sort of damaged after all she had been through before she took on this case. She doesn't fight Derek too hard when he wants information from her even though she knows he is using her for the Intel. Despite her issues, she is no shrinking violet when comes to doing her job and is as serious as Derek about catching the terrorists before the worst happens. The romance in this one is not quite as heated as some previous books in the series, but the story line here is just really, really intense and serious and there is a lot going on, so I thought it was more realistic.
That is not to say the romance is not hot, just fewer love scenes. This couple has a few challenges to face but if they are as determined to work on their relationship as they do in other areas of their lives , then I think they are going to be just fine. Overall I have to say I enjoyed this book as much as all the others in the series. If you are fan of this author then snap up your copy now, you won't regret it.
If you new to this author, never fear, you can read this one as a stand alone. Once you do, you will want to read all Laura Griffin novels!
Jan 20, Debbie rated it really liked it Shelves: net-galley-books , ebooks. Wow, this was my first book by Laura Griffin and it won't be my last. I'm not usually into terroristic thrillers, but this one had me entranced. I read it in one sitting.
The parody was based on the first book Five on a Treasure Island. Honestly, this made us mad because we realized Rory didn't deserve to get back together with him at this point. 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 romance in this one is not quite as heated as some previous books in the series, but the story line here is just really, really intense and serious and there is a lot going on, so I thought it was more realistic. Dec 18, John W. Readers also enjoyed. But watching these two will-they-or-won't-they all through the revival was just annoying.
The action was fast paced and had me on the edge of my seat through most of the book. I say most because there were a few chapters I had to skip.
I'm not into romance books.