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The Flaxton Boys Opening and Closing Theme 1969 - 1973



The Closing Theme is custom due to the lack of the series being available, and the quality my video copy being so bad in spots. There are shots of the the actual residence included. I have tried to include as much original content as possible. The picture has been filtered and enhanced due to degregation of the video source. The Flaxton Boys is a British historical children's television series set in the West Riding of Yorkshire and covering a timespan of almost a century. The series was made by Yorkshire Television and was broadcast on ITV between 1969 and 1973, running for 4 series and 52 episodes, each of 30 minutes duration. The Flaxton Boys had a number of different scriptwriters, was produced by Jess Yates and Robert D. Cardona, and directed mainly by Cardona (45 episodes). Each of the series was set in a different era, spanning the years 1854 to 1945. The series is set at Flaxton Hall, located near the fictional Yorkshire village of Carliston. Each series follows the exploits and adventures of a different generation of boys, in 1854, 1890, 1928 and 1945 respectively. The main protagonists in each series are a young member of the Flaxton line and his closest friend, both portrayed as being around 14 years old. Storylines are drawn mainly from the traditional staples of the Boys' Adventure genre, including plot elements such as hidden treasure, cryptic clues to be solved, ghostly apparitions, malign and unscrupulous villains, and spies. Each series is essentially self-contained in terms of cast and character. However two lead actors feature in more than one series -- Victor Winding portrays Barnaby Sweet in series 2 and Sweet's son Benjamin in series 3 and 4, while Richard Gale plays Sir Peregrine Stilgoe in series 1, Stilgoe's ward Sir Tarquin in series 2, and Miles Osborne in series 3. A constant element through all four series is narration by Gerry Cowan, who appears as Jacklin Flaxton in series 2. Location filming for The Flaxton Boys took place at Ripley Castle, four miles north of Harrogate. The castle owner, Sir Thomas Ingilby, credited the series for a dramatic rise in visitor numbers, turning the establishment from a local into a regional attraction. The memorable theme tune for the series was provided by an excerpt from Sergei Prokofiev's Classical Symphony. Episodes were originally broadcast early on Sunday evenings, at the time the traditional "family" timeslot in the UK for historical drama made for children but with appeal to an adult audience also.

Posted by TeeVees Greatest on March 5, 2013 at 11:51 AM 1008 Views

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