THE FAMOUS FIVE REVISITED - INTERVIEW WITH MARCUS HARRIS by Andrew
As a producer
at Sunshine Hospital Radio, I am always on the lookout for interesting
events to cover or people to interview that, hopefully, will be
of interest to the patients at Weston General Hospital.
the planned release of all the 1978/79 Southern TV Famous Five episodes
on DVD, it seemed the perfect moment to find out more and relive
some of my lost youth by speaking with Marcus Harris, also known
as Julian from the 70's series.
I met with
Marcus near his home and spent a very interesting and fun couple
of hours, firstly trying to find somewhere to do the recording without
being drowned out by background music (which is terrible for post
production editing). Marcus and his contacts came to the rescue
and we ended up in a small room at the back of the Tourist Information
having moved an old Christmas Tree out of the way (– the joys
of show business!) The picture accompanying this article was taken
in the beautiful council chamber on the floor above but, due to
an wedding about to take place, we couldn’t stay there.
covered Marcus’ early days in theatre (he started at age 4),
the auditions (with 4000 other hopefuls) for his part in the Famous
Five, stories from behind the scenes during filming (including the
importance that Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody played in the children's
daily travels), and how the arrival of the Internet has revived
interest and brought the series to the attention of a whole new
generation of fans.
It was really
great to meet up with Marcus and spend time reminiscing not only
about the series but also the 1970s, an era now lost, where life
seemed much safer and children could still dream that the sort of
adventure written about the five could, just possibly, happen to
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