‘THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE SILVER CHAIR’
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The Search for the Prince
‘The Silver Chair’ is a six-part adventure based on the novel by C.S. Lewis.
I enjoyed this TV adaptation of ‘The Silver Chair’ by the BBC. It’s my Dad’s favourite of this BBC TV series. It’s such as a shame that this adventure has been made into a film into the Narnia film series.
Eustace returns to Narnia and is joined by his school-friend Jill Pole. Together, they’re summoned by Aslan the Great Lion who sends them on a mission to find the missing prince of Narnia named Rillian.
Aslan gives four signs to Jill Pole to remember when on their quest to find Prince Rillian. Eustace and Jill are joined by a marsh-wiggle called Puddleglum who helps them on their quest to find the prince.
I liked the thematic material featured in ‘The Silver Chair’. Eustace; Jill and Puddleglum are tested in their faith in Aslan and the signs and have to learn some harsh lessons before they fulfil the quest.
The four signs Aslan gives to Jill are as follows. Firstly, Eustace must meet and talk to an old friend (King Caspian) for help. Secondly they have to journey north and find the ruined city of the Giants.
Thirdly, they must find some words on the ruined city of the Giants and do what the writing tells them to do. And fourthly, they must obey the command of the person who asks it in Aslan’s name.
David Thwaites returns as Eustace. It was good to see Eustace again in ‘The Silver Chair’. He’s not nasty anymore and he shares with Jill his adventures he had in Narnia before they return to it again.
Camilla Power (who later guest starred in ‘Torchwood’ and the Big Finish audios of ‘Doctor Who’) is great as Jill Pole. Jill has an interesting journey as she learns from the mistakes she makes in Narnia.
Tom Baker (best-known as the Fourth Doctor in ‘Doctor Who’) stars as Puddleglum. This was one of the earliest times I’d seen Tom before ‘Doctor Who’. I loved Tom’s performance as Puddleglum here.
Richard Henders stars as Prince Rillian, lost son of King Caspian of Narnia. After the death of his mother, Rillian goes missing when he sees a beautiful green lady. Will our heroes rescue the prince?
Barbara Kellerman (who played the White Witch in ‘LLW’) stars as the Green Lady, also known as the Queen of the Underworld. She’s a seductive lady and purely evil when she uses Rillian for her plans.
Aslan returns in ‘The Silver Chair’, voiced by Ronald Pickup. I liked it when Aslan chides Jill upon her arrival into Narnia and could feel the anger from him when Jill was forgetting to remember the signs.
King Caspian returns, now played by Geoffrey Russell. Caspian is now a very old man and is upset when he loses his son Rillian. He voyages through the Eastern Ocean to find Aslan and ask for help.
Big Mick returns as Trumpkin from ‘Prince Caspian’. I liked the scenes when Trumpkin is old and deaf. Jean Marc Perret also returns as Young Caspian from ‘Prince Caspian’ by the end of the story.
‘The Silver Chair’ is a wonderful instalment in ‘The Chronicles of Narnia’ BBC TV series. I loved the action scenes; the Giants; the Underworld scenes and Eustace; Jill and Puddleglum throughout this.
‘The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair’ (BBC) rating – 9/10
The DVD special features of ‘The Chronicles of Narnia’ BBC TV series are as follows. On Discs 1, 2 and 3, there are photo galleries on each of the three seasons of the series, including ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’; ‘Prince Caspian and the Voyage of the Dawn Treader’ and ‘The Silver Chair’.
On Disc 4, there are three sections of special features to enjoy on the BBC TV series of ‘The Chronicles of Narnia’. These include the sections ‘The Cast’; ‘Behind-The-Scenes’ and ‘Narnia Trivia’.
In ‘The Cast’ section, there’s a ‘Cast Reunion’ interview. This is an enjoyable interview featuring the four actors who played Peter; Susan; Edmund and Lucy in ‘The Lion, the Witch and Wardrobe’. It was filmed in 2003 and features Richard Dempsey; Sophie Cook; Jonathan R. Scott and Sophie Wilcox.
There’s also a ‘Breakfast News Interview’ with Barbara Kellerman (the White Witch) and Sophie Wilcox (Lucy) made in 1988. There are also ‘Character Biographies’ of the characters in the four ‘Narnia’ TV stories’ and ‘Actor Biographies’ of the actors who played the characters in the TV stories.
In the ‘Behind-The-Scenes’ section, there are three ‘Blue Peter’ items. Each of the items focuses on the three seasons of ‘The Chronicles of Narnia’ TV series. The first is on ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’, the second on ‘The Voyage of the Dawn Treader’ and the third on ‘The Silver Chair’.
There are two galleries on the ‘Costume Design’ and the ‘Set Design’ on ‘The Chronicles of Narnia’ TV series. There’s also a ‘Visual Effects’ behind-the-scenes featurette and some amusing outtakes from the TV series. There are also ‘Credits’ for the Collection’s Edition DVD of ‘The Chronicles of Narnia’.
In the ‘Narnia Trivia’ section, there’s a ‘Quiz’. There are five questions in the quiz with a prize at the end. The prize is a bonus outtake from ‘The Chronicles of Narnia’ TV series. There are also some ‘Trivia Pages’ on the original books of ‘The Chronicles of Narnia’ and the author C.S. Lewis himself.
There’s also ‘Narnian History’ that features a detailed timeline of Narnian history alongside English history in the seven ‘Chronicles of Narnia’ books. There’s also ‘C.S. Lewis History’ that features a biography of the original author and ‘Set Design Images’ from the TV series to be accessed on a PC.
‘The Chronicles of Narnia’ BBC TV series is a wonderful set of adaptations of the original books by C.S. Lewis. ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’ will always be my favourite story from this TV series. I wished that all seven books of ‘The Chronicles of Narnia’ were adapted by the BBC for TV.
The TV adaptations are more faithful to the books of ‘The Chronicles of Narnia’ by C.S. Lewis. Some prefer the BBC versions of the Narnia stories than the film versions by Disney/Fox. But I love both versions and I especially love the performances; costume design and set design of this TV series.
I highly recommend ‘The Chronicles of Narnia’ TV series on DVD. If you’re a Narnia fan like me, you’re bound to enjoy this TV series very much!
‘The Chronicles of Narnia’ (BBC) Collector’s Edition DVD rating – 10/10
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