Look and Read (1967– )
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Sky Hunter: Part 1 - Strangers on the Canal 

Three children uncover a crime ring involved in the illegal bird trade.


Jean Kenward (additional material), Leonard Kingston (by) | 1 more credit »


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Episode cast overview:
Luke Batchelor Luke Batchelor ... Butch
Lennox Greaves Lennox Greaves ... Tom Roberts, the birdman
Isobil Nisbet Isobil Nisbet ... 'Cat' Mary MacBride
Emma Jean Richards Emma Jean Richards ... Sharon Blake
Mike Savage Mike Savage ... Bert Badger
Jayne Tottman Jayne Tottman ... Jackie Blake
Donald Waugh ... Trevor
Nigel Anthony Nigel Anthony ... Narrator (voice)
Charles Collingwood Charles Collingwood ... Wordy
Derek Griffiths Derek Griffiths ... Singer
Michael Maynard Michael Maynard ... Dave
Dave Royal Dave Royal ... Singer
Julie Stevens Julie Stevens ... Singer


Three kids go on a canal boat holiday. They spot a rare peregrine falcon flying about and meet a pair of dumb crooks who're trying to nab it. They confide in their friend, who runs a local junk shop, and they all go to investigate. Mr Trim turns out to be the mastermind behind the illegal bird trade in eggs the area, a man called Badger and a woman called Cat Mary. The only threat to their plan is another dodgy-looking bloke, whom the children call The Birdman because they suspect he's the thief. The Birdman is keeping the villains' house under observation as he is actually an RSPB inspector, so Trim and co trick the kids into sending a coded telegram to Trim's buyer. The kids find out what's going on, but when they go to check out Trim's shop Jackie is caught. The Birdman helps the two lads get away, and reveals to the kids he is on the trail of Badger, Mary and Trim. Butch and Trevor find a secret message from Jackie and set off towards London Zoo, where the crooks are planning to ... Written by purplehippy

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Ripping yarn with moral
2 February 2007 | by Wold-FarmSee all my reviews

This was made eight years before I was born, and I first saw the updated version when I was at primary school.

I caught it accidentally today, and I thought that it still worked very well on all three levels:

1) as an entertaining drama

2) as a story with a message

3) as an educational tool helping with reading and writing.

I found myself enjoying it for its own sake as well as for nostalgia. and I think that it would be well worth repeating at a time when children (not just those at home ill) would be at home.

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19 September 1978 (UK) See more »

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