| Spring Story, Summer Story, Autumn story, Winter Story, The Secret Staircase|
Brambly Hedge is a series of illustrated children's books by Jill Barklem, recounting the adventures of a community of self-sufficient mice who live together in the tranquil surroundings of the English countryside. The books, whose first titles were published in 1980, are written and illustrated by Barklem. The first four books follow a seasonal pattern of Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. Her latter four follow the adventures of The Secret Staircase, The High Hills, Sea Story and Poppy’s Babies. Sprout aired the series 2005-2007.
Spring Story (1980) - Wilfred enjoys a picnic and a surprise for his birthday!
Summer Story (1980) - The mice celebrate a wedding and everyone takes part in the preparations.
Autumn Story (1980) - Little Primrose wanders off and finds herself in uncharted territory.
Winter Story (Brambly Hedge) (1980) - The biggest snowstorm in years leaves enough snow for an ice ball.
The Secret Staircase (1983) - The young mice go to the attic to practice for a performance.
The High Hills (1986) - Wilfred is determined to find treasure in the hills above Brambly Hedge.
Sea Story (1990) - Dusty, Poppy, Primrose and Wilfred set off down stream to retrieve salt from the sea mice.
Poppy's Babies (1994) - A surprise comes to Poppy on the babies' naming day.
Stories from Brambly Hedge: Wilfred to the Rescue (2005)
Stories from Brambly Hedge: Primrose in Charge (2006)
A Year In Brambly Hedge (2010)
Brambly Hedge Wikipedia
Barklem spent five years on research before she started to write her stories about the mice of Brambly Hedge. Her interest in natural history and traditional rural customs and crafts has spilled over into these chronicles of hedgerow life. She lives with her husband and children near Epping Forest in England.
Since the 1980s, the Brambly Hedge characters have appeared on merchandise ranging from china to chocolate, stationery to pewter miniatures. Companies such as Royal Doulton, Hantel, Crummles and Border Fine Arts have all produced collectible pieces licensed from Brambly Hedge. This merchandise is in demand by Brambly Hedge collectors all around the world and some pieces are worth a substantial amount of money.
All eight books have been adapted into stop motion television specials, the first four by Cosgrove Hall Films "Winter Story" was first broadcast on Christmas Day 1996 on BBC1, while the specials made their U.S. debut on the Starz pay-cable network the following year. The series features the voices of Neil Morrissey as Wilfred and Dusty, Alun Lewis as Mr Toadflax, June Whitfield as Mrs Apple, Noreen Kershaw as Mrs Toadflax Jim Broadbent as Basil and Old Vole, Charlotte Coleman as Primrose and Poppy, Anton Rodgers as Lord Woodmouse, Robert Lindsay is the narrator and Rosemary Leach as Lady Daisy and Old Mrs Eyebright.
In 2008, HiT Entertainment and Reader's Digest Video issued The Enchanted World of Brambly Hedge, a DVD compilation of the specials.
The SeasonsWinter Story (25 December 1996)
Spring Story (31 March 1997)
Summer Story (11 June 1997)
Autumn Story (8 September 1997)
ClassicsThe Secret Staircase (26 December 1998)
The High Hills (2 April 1999)
Sea Story (29 December 1999)
Poppy's Babies (3 January 2000)