The Famous Five is a British television series based on the children's books
of the same name by Enid Blyton. It was broadcast on ITV over two series in 1978
and 1979. It was produced by Southern Television in 26 half-hour episodes.
The stories take place in the children's school holidays after they have
returned from their respective boarding schools. Each time they meet they get
caught up in an adventure, often involving criminals or lost treasure. Sometimes
the scene is set close to George's family home at Kirrin Cottage in Dorset, such
as the picturesque Kirrin Island, owned by George and her family in Kirrin Bay.
George's own home and various other houses the children visit or stay in are
hundreds of years old and often contain secret passages or smugglers' tunnels.
In some books the children go camping in the countryside, on a hike or holiday
together elsewhere. The settings, however, are almost always rural and enable
the children to discover the simple joys of cottages, islands, the English and
Welsh countryside and sea shores, as well as an outdoor life of picnics,
lemonade, bicycle trips and swimming