The Box Of Delights Review

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Kay Harker finds himself in a mystical, magical world as he is immersed in festive fantasy by a Punch and Judy man.


A nostalgic Christmas favourite among twentysomethings, this BBC adaptation of John Masefield's magical mystery novel harks back to those days when it snowed all through the festive season and posh children were eternally solving crimes before tea.

The time special effects have certainly not worn well (you could render better animation on an Etch-A-Sketch), yet the storytelling endures, as does Masefield's flair for flowery names: Abner Brown, Cole Hawlings, Sylvia Daisy Pouncer - he could give the Coens a run for their money.

Wonderfully nostalgic - the storytelling holds strong.