The Enid Blyton Secret Series was produced by the same people, Cloud 9, that made The Enid Blyton Adventure Series. Like the previous series they filmed this one in New Zealand. The DVDs present the story in a series of five 90 minute films which Cloud 9 also makes available in 30 minute versions for syndication. They use the same house the production built for TEBAS, after it's been redressed, as the Arnold family home. Jennyfer Jewel, who plays Peggy is this series, was also a carry over from TEBAS where she played Lucy-Ann.
There's a new set of characters in this series. That's Mr Thaddeus Arnold and his future wife Charlotte (Charlie) Clancy. He's is a widow with three kids, Peggy, Laura and Mike, then the series starts. She's a photojournalist who agrees to travel with him on an around the world cruise in his sailboat. Mr Arnold adopts Jack in the third story. The adult's romance builds slowly until they get married in the last story.
There are 5 books in The Secret Series and the first one, The Secret Island, came out in 1938. It was Blyton's first full length adventure novel. There's also a book by another author called The Secret Valley. I haven't read them but I'm thinking of ordering a set from the UK. From the synopsis on the Enid Blyton site it looks like the novels are quite a bit different. A lot of Enid's books have had several editions and copies can be fairly cheap. There's postage of course but they would still be as cheap or cheaper than a modern paperback Sadly, Enid's books are hard to find in the US.
Here's the list of episodes in the order they appear on the DVD:
- The Secret Island
- The Secret of Spiggy Holes
- The Secret of Killimooin
- The Secret of Moon Castle
- The Secret Mountain
I was as entertained by the series as I was TEBAS. There's some adventure and a bit of danger. The villains are about as hokey as the other series. There's some threat of danger but you know that the kids will survive.