Magnificent Six and ½, The (Children’s Film Foundation) – Kontiki Kids

Date: 1968
Director: Harry Booth
Production Company: Century Film Productions, Children's Film Foundation (CFF)

Stars: Len Jones, Ian Ellis, Brinsley Forde, Suzanne Togni, Lionel Hawkes, Kim Tallmadge, Michael Audreson
Location(s): Hertfordshire

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Storyline:

The fun misadventures of a group of children as they try to control their runaway home-made raft.

Additional Information:

This listing features an episode from the first series of ‘The Magnificent Six and 1/2’ which were British short films made for the Children’s Film Foundation.

Screen captures uploaded by Phil Wilkinson

 

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Toby (Brinsley Forde) and Stodger (Lionel Hawkes) arrive at a the canal where they find the lock under repair. Batchworth Lock on the Grand Union Canal as it passes through Rickmansworth in Hertfordshire.

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As the pair cross the canal, a Workman (Denis Shaw) and his Mate (Alfred Maron) point out the sign. Batchworth Lock off Church Road, Rickmansworth.

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The Workman tells the boys that they can't use the lock. Batchworth Lock in Rickmansworth.

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Hoping to make money by ferrying people across the canal, Steve (Len Jones) steers the gangs home-made raft as it's blown along the street with Dumbo (Ian Ellis) being pulled behind. The junction of Eldon Avenue and Brook Road, Borehamwood in Hertfordshire recognised by Eric Parsons.

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The raft careers downhill. Eric Parsons identifies this as Deacons Hill Road in Elstree, Hertfordshire.

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Parked cars are dodged. Deacons Hill Road in Elstree located by Eric Parsons.

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Dumbo struggles to halt the raft as Whizz (Michael Audreson), Liz (Suzanne Togni), Toby and Steve cover their eyes.

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The kids scream as a corner is taken.

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The raft approaches two parked trucks. To the left of centre stands the Studio 70 cinema at the corner of Shenley Road and Brook Road in Borehamwood, Hertfordshire. The venue was closed and demolished in 1981 to be replaced by Isopad House and Hertsmere House, which have since also been torn down.

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Missing the trucks, the corner is taken at speed and the contraption heads towards an open manhole. Shenley Road at the junction with Elstree Way.

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Dumbo jumps over the manhole as the raft continues out of control.

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A bus begins to follow the Kon-tiki Kids. This is the bus turning circle at the junction of Rossington Avenue and Wetherby Road in Borehamwood.

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With cloth in hand, a Man (George Woodbridge) looks proudly at his newly polished car. This is Winstre Road, Borehamwood found by Eric Parsons.

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The raft continues towards a disaster waiting to happen. The junction of Brook Road and Eldon Road in Borehamwood.

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The gang shout as they see the Man's car reversing from his drive. Looking north along Eldon Avenue with Brook Road joining on the right.

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Having driven back into his drive at speed when the kids raft streaks past, the Man recovers himself from the crashed car. Eric advises this is Winstre Road once again.

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The crew continue to hang on to their strange vehicle. Looking along Aycliffe Road from the junction with Leeming Road in Borehamwood.

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Looking along Leeming Road from the junction with Aycliffe Road.

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The raft leans from side to side as it heads along the High Street. Facing south-west on Shenley Road, opposite the junction with Cardinal Avenue.

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Shenley Road in Borehamwood, Hertfordshire with the former Head Post Office on the right. Various sections of Shenley Road are seen in 'Bedazzled', 'The Boys in Blue', 'On the Buses' and 'The Scamp'.

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A van turns out from a side street ahead. Shenley Road with a now demolished building at the corner of Furzehill Road to the left.

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Back to Leeming Road, with Aycliffe Road in the distance.

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The raft almost crashes. The former entrance to Elstree & Borehamwood station footbridge on Allum Lane approaching the bridge over the railway.

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After a brief diversion onto the studio lot we see more of Shenley Road in Borehamwood. To the left is where the Tesco Extra supermarket now stands, having taken part of Elstree Studios.

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Eldon Avenue with the former frontage of Elstree Studios in the background.

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A Street Cleaner (Roy Evans) is chased along Rossington Avenue.

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The raft carries on after the Street Cleaner crashes his hand-cart. Eric Parsons locates this as the roundabout at the juntion of Gateshead Road, Leeming Road and Brook Road in Borehamwood.

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A milk float is pursued next. Rossington Avenue in Borehamwood, Hertfordshire with the Shooting Star public house to the top left.

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The Milkman circles a small green until he also crashes his vehicle. Rossington Avenue at the corner of Wetherby Road. The location was seen in 'On the Buses'.

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The raft nears the canal. Facing southward on Church Street in Rickmansworth.

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Turning from the main road, the raft drags Dumbo onto the canal towpath. Where Church Street, Rickmansworth passes over the Grand Union Canal.

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The kids arrive at their intended destination. Batchworth Lock in Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire.

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