Corgi, London, 1977
The blurb on the back:
The ancient underground caves were in danger "they were going to be filled with atomic waste. But forces were at work to save the sacred ground-forces from another time. Why did the caves contain mysterious symbols and how did the legend of King Arthur connect with them? What power did Professor Young, the archaeologist have to save the cave complex? And why did the merlin suddenly appear? Raven, on probation from Borstal, found himself caught up with these strange powers, and began to realise that the future of the caves depended on him...
I have no memory of this TV series at all, and Iím a bit sorry about that, because itís an intriguing proposition: a mix of Arthurian legend and environmentalism fronted by a young Phil Daniels (getting a bit of a break from Scum, though heís still a Borstal boy). It was directed by Michael Hart for ATV and produced by Colin Schindler, who went on to do the Narnia chronicles.
Whether the TV series worked, I donít know, but itís not a bad little book at all. Slightly longer than it needed to be, and far from essential, but still perfectly competent stuff.
Messrs Burnham and Ray also wrote Children of the Stones, a seven-part series starring Gareth Thomas and Peter Demin, a novelization of which was also published by Corgi in 1977.
ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: 3/5
HIPNESS QUOTIENT: 4/5
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