Secret Valley

Secret Valley

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show_name = Secret Valley


caption = The Opening Title to Secret Valley

"Secret Valley" was an Australian children's television adventure series from 1984 made by the Grundy Organisation and first shown on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. The concept was developed from a television movie of the same name which was produced since 1980 by the same company.

Secret Valley was a fictitious children's holiday camp which had been transformed from a run down ghost town into a resort. The children who worked and visited the camp often found themselves in battle against a gang of "bad" kids - Spider Maglurk and his gang from "Spider Cave". These battles usually featured flour bombs and other food related missiles and everyone inevitably ended up in a big mess.

Spider Maglurk and his gang were not the biggest threat to the peace at Secret Valley. Secret Valley was also under threat of closure by the local council, and property developer William Whopper (also known as 'WW')played by Hugh Keays-Byrne.

Produced by the late Roger Mirams who also produced "Professor Poopsnagle's Steam Zeppelin" amongst other programs and series.

Trivia

* Some of the child actors in this show were actually real-life siblings - Beth, Miles and Simone Buchanan.
* The series was at Smokey Dawson's ranch [http://www.australianbiography.gov.au/dawson/interview11.html] in Terry Hills, New South Wales and also at El Caballo Blanco.
* The 1986 spin-off "Professor Poopsnagle's Steam Zeppelin"was very popular in the UK and was shown three times between 1987 and 1998.

The theme song

The theme song was sung to the tune of "Waltzing Matilda"

"I had dream I could ride across the mountaintops"

"Ride on the waves where the sea turns blue"

"Gum trees, gum trees rise until they touch the sky"

"I know a place where it all comes true"

Chorus:

"I know a valley, I know a valley"

" My Secret Valley the world has to see"

"One place for children, welcome from around the world"

"Please come and share Secret Valley with me"

"Paris, London, Montreal and Amsterdam"

"So many friends that we want to know"

"From the hills of Spain to the city streets of Germany"

"I know a place where we all can go"

Repeat chorus

References

* [http://www.if.com.au/ iF magazine online] - [http://www.if.com.au/press/2004/03/02.html Inside Film]

External links

* [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0220267/ IMDB listing for Secret Valley]
* [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0220267/combined IMDB reviews]
* [http://colsearch.nfsa.afc.gov.au/nfsa/search/display/display.w3p;adv=yes;group=;groupequals=;holdingType=;page=0;parentid=;query=323941;querytype=;rec=0;resCount=10 Secret Valley at the National Film and Sound Archive]


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