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Child of the 80's wrote at 2008-05-22 10:42:23
Definately not Moondial.  I have a vage recollection that the girl had been sick that's why her hair was short.  Also she traveled to the House where Mary Queen of Scotts was prisoner. In one eppisode she says to one of the Adults "poor lady she dies" or similar. I would love to know the name of this show also.


Child of the 80's wrote at 2008-05-22 11:35:19
Dana the series was "A Traveller In Time " BBC - 1978 - 5 x 30min episodes

Penelope lives in the twentieth century, and it is only when she goes to live with her aunt at Thackers, a remote, ancient farmhouse, that she finds herself travelling back in time to join the lives of the Babington family, and watching helplessly as tragic events bring danger to her friends and the downfall of their heroine, Mary, Queen of Scots, whom they are seeking to rescue.  


Jess wrote at 2009-02-28 01:02:09
That sounds a lot like the plot to A Traveller In Time.  The book was by Penelope Lively and I know a tv adaptation was done at some point.  Hope that helps!


Nigel wrote at 2009-03-01 10:44:11
I had also been wondering what this serial was, having had vague memories of it for the past 30 years, especially the Greensleeves theme. I finally found the following information on the 'Den Of Geek' website :



A TRAVELLER IN TIME(1978)

A mix of period drama and time travel, this aptly titled Sunday serial was written in the 1930s by Alison Uttley. Edwardian girl Penelope Taberner played by Sophie Thompson, travels back to Tudor times whilst staying with her Uncle Barnabas and Aunt Tissie on their Derbyshire farm. At first the girl has visions of the Elizabethan Babbington family. Of course the Tudor phantoms are invisible to her Uncle and Aunt. Eventually, however, she uncovers a plot to overthrow Elizabeth I in favour of Mary Queen of Scots. Aware she can't let the Babbington's change History, Penelope sets about stopping them.



Although relatively tame by the standards of the serials I've outlined thus far, this does have one particularly chilling scene. The cliffhanger to episode 4 has the evil Arabella burning a wax voodoo doll of Penelope. The scene is enhanced by the serial's theme Greensleeves being somewhat inappropriate to the visuals


jeanni wrote at 2009-08-03 15:40:31
I also remember this programme although I ca't rmember it's name, howeer i don't think it as 'Moondial'. The young women went to stay at her Aunt & Uncles farm, and she did time travel back to Elizabethan times, and got involved in a plot to free Mary Queen of Scots from her imprisonment by Elizabeth 1, she also fell in love with the youngest son of the family that were trying to do the rescue.  I also would like to know the name and whether it's available to buy on DVD.  Thanks


Jux wrote at 2010-01-28 09:54:51
I'm also looking for this series but can't find anything about it. It's not Moondial (although I highly reccommend it also). I'm pretty sure it was called "Greensleeves" and you were right about the royalty connection she was helping Mary Queen of Scots escape execution.


Jux wrote at 2010-01-28 11:03:08
I found it...



A TRAVELLER IN TIME(1978)

A mix of period drama and time travel, this aptly titled Sunday serial was written in the 1930s by Alison Uttley. Edwardian girl Penelope Taberner played by Sophie Thompson, travels back to Tudor times whilst staying with her Uncle Barnabas and Aunt Tissie on their Derbyshire farm. At first the girl has visions of the Elizabethan Babbington family. Of course the Tudor phantoms are invisible to her Uncle and Aunt. Eventually, however, she uncovers a plot to overthrow Elizabeth I in favour of Mary Queen of Scots. Aware she can't let the Babbington's change History, Penelope sets about stopping them.



Although relatively tame by the standards of the serials I've outlined thus far, this does have one particularly chilling scene. The cliffhanger to episode 4 has the evil Arabella burning a wax voodoo doll of Penelope. The scene is enhanced by the serial's theme Greensleeves being somewhat inappropriate to the visuals.



The serial is also notable for its location. The farm used was in Dethyk, Derbyshire and owned by the parents of Simon Groom. Veteran producer Dorothea Brooking was impressed by Groom's technique and general naive charm when he interviewed her. Brooking recommended the young farmer's son to Blue Peter Editor Biddy Baxter who was looking for a replacement for the long-serving Peter Purves.  


Nikki wrote at 2010-09-18 22:29:16
I think it was The Children of Green Knowe although the main star was a 1920's boy who finds the ghosts of Jacobean children at his grandmothers house


Powburn wrote at 2011-03-22 21:23:41
A Traveller in Time by Alison Utterly? I've not seen it but read the book as a child and it sounds like what you're describing.


Child of 71 wrote at 2011-04-02 23:58:55
I do remember a time travelling drama with greensleeves but unfortunately all I can add is I can remember that it had to do with a plot against the Queen Elizabeth, possibly involving Mary Queen of Scots


bill0267 wrote at 2013-01-04 02:27:44
Hi all, the series was definitely "A traveller in time" by Alison Uttley, and was made by the B.B.C. about the time Simon Groom joined the Blue Peter Team, in who's parent's house this was filmed! Every so often I trawl the web to see if the B.B.C. have released this yet on dvd - oh, how I wish that they would!


Hannah wrote at 2015-08-11 12:26:34
Simply Media has announced they will be releasing A Traveller in Time on DVD for the first time this November.  


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