Help me identify this children's fantasy radio play!
September 20, 2011 1:49 AM Subscribe
Help me identify a children's fantasy story! It was a radio drama (possibly based on a book, possibly airing on the BBC) that I listened to when I was young. Details inside...
posted by Cantdosleepy to media & arts (1 answer total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
The main story was about a boy who discovers a secret room containing a board game that looks similar to a chess board, but with unusual pieces. The boy takes the central piece. He later discovers this has set an ancient game in motion, the aim of which is to capture the central piece. Details are hazy but the result is two opposing medieval armies marching across the land in search of the piece whilst the boy tries to return it to the board (and end the game) before it all gets out of hand.
The story would have aired on British radio in the early 1990s or possibly the late 1980s.
I'm pretty sure the above details are correct, and here are some extra details I am less sure about:
- The chess piece was some form of tree or bush and the secret room/cave was hidden under a hill
- The last time the game was played it caused the dark ages
- It very much seemed like it could have been based on a book and it was a number of episodes long
- It seemed really creepy.
Google has let me down on this one though I guess it might be a bit too old to have an internet presence.