Τετάρτη, 11 Φεβρουαρίου 2009

the boy from space

Chapter one The meteorite
This is a story about something that happened when Dan and I were children. Dan is my brother. One day we decided to make a telescope because we wanted to look at the stars at night. Our friend Tom had told us how to make it. We made the telescope in our old hut in the fields. When we had finished it, I looked at the trees through the telescope. It made the trees look so big that I could see a bird clearly in one of them."We can look at the stars tonight," I said. "We can't see them now because the sun is too bright." "Let's look at the sun then," said Dan. I was shocked. "No, Dan, you must never look at the sun with a telescope. Don't you remember what Tom told us?" "He said the light would be very bad for our eyes," said Dan. Tom was a friend who worked for a man called Mr Bunting at the observatory. The had very big telescopes there for looking at the stars. Tom had told us that some stars ere millions of miles away so their telescopes had to be very strong.
Although I got the pupil book for this recently, I owned it when first watching the programme but that's been lost along with my space-hopper and chopper bike.
The story was this. Boy from outer space (Peep Peep) visits Earth with his father and and goes walkabout looking for meteorites, two local kids, Helen and Dan (who's friend, Tom, worked at the local observatory, that's lucky isn't it!) find boy. Boy is unwell due to a) crappy English weather and b) crappy English pollution.
To add to boys woe, a baddy alien (The Thin Man) has trapped Peep Peep's father and is now after Peep Peep. Baddy alien has a damn weird looking gun that blows things up when he points it at anything (the BBC couldn't afford laser beams) including a car owned by Tom . Someone actually remembers that the registration number was OND 884B! At one point, helpful kids are trapped by baddy alien in the ship, all very tense.
All three alien bods talk in a strange language that baffles kids. The reason for this is that when the boy first landed, he found a see-through carrier bag on the floor, which was turned inside out. Naturally therefore, all the words on the carrier bag were spelt backwards. From there on in, he presumed that was the way everybody spoke and wrote words etc...
Dad of boy then appears to save boy from the bad guy who had a nifty hat and trench-coat stolen from Tom's car before he blew it up. Dad looked like Steve McQueen in the recent Ford Puma adverts!
The aliens traded Meteorites like Gold and the reason for all the trouble was that the baddy alien wanted all the "Gold".
The one weakness of the aliens was that they were afraid of bright light so people used to use mirrors to shine the sun in their eyes (like kids using their watches to "flash" teachers in assembly).
I've had a lot of e-mails from traumatised former viewers who can remember the episode where the thin man gets out his Austin Martin towards the observatory. Our heroes are upstairs and can see the shadow of thin man (with gun) slowly coming up the stairs.
In the telescope room at the observatory, it seemed a long time since Mr Bunting had driven away with Peep-peep.
"Do you think the thin man from the sand-pit has got them?" Dan asked.
"Why?" I said.
"He may be another space-man," replied Dan.
"But why would Peep-peep want to get away from another space-man?" I asked Dan.
"Maybe he's a bad space-man and he wants to kill Peep-peep. Maybe lots of space-ships came down last night! Maybe they want to take over the Earth!"
"Maybe you read too many space-books!" I replied.
"You read them too!" said Dan
We were really getting scared. Where was Tom? Where were Peep-peep and Mr Bunting?
"I'm going to look for them," I said.
"No!" cried Dan. "There may be space-men outside. If they have Tom, Peep-peep and Mr Bunting, they'll want us, too."
I thought he was being silly, so I said I was going to telephone the police. When I picked up the telephone, there was no sound.
"We've been cut off," I said. As I was putting the telephone down, Dan said : "There's somebody outside. He's coming in!"
Then the episode ended, classic!
The story may have been shown again but with different "wordy" bits in-between. I think it should be made into a Hollywood blockbuster. Much more believable than Independence Day.
The Episodes
Chapter one The meteorite
Chapter two The spinning compass
Chapter three The man in the sand-pit
Chapter four !regnad nI
Chapter five The hold-up
Chapter six Where is Tom?
Chapter seven The hunt for the car
Chapter eight The lake
Chapter nine Captured!
Chapter ten In the space-ship
The Theme Tune
Out there in space, Shall we find friends? / Is there a place where the universe ends? / When will we find it? / Never, never. / Space goes on forever.
Download the theme tune (and be prepared to shed a tear) here
την ώρα που διάβαζα αυτό, ήρθε το κομμάτι του kuretaker με πειραγμένο αττίκ.
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