The Boy from Space (1980) - Episode 8: The Lake
Studio recording: Friday 4 January 1980, 8:30pm First broadcast: Tuesday 11 March 1980, 10:16am on BBC1 Last broadcast: Friday 12 January 2007, 12:00pm on the CBBC Channel BBC Genome listing: e07c666e83... BBC programme number: ESBB608H
Story Part 1
Tom, Dan and Helen decide to look for the space-ship, starting from the sand-pit where they found Peep-peep.
Peep-peep's father refuses to help the thin man to start the space-ship.
V/O: The thin man wanted Peep-peep's father to start the space-ship.
Zooyixi: Give me the power of the controls!
Zooyixi: [...] will do it.
Bunting: I see, he can't start the space-ship.
Father: [To your orders]? I will not give up.
Zooyixi: (turning space-gun on Peep-peep) You will pay for that!
Bunting: Oh no!
Bunting: But he can't start the space-ship without you can he?
Father: I am sorry, I don't understand.
Bunting: I wish I could understand you.
At the sand-pit, Dan and Helen tell Tom about when they met the thin man.
Cosmo and Wordy go back over what happened in the space-ship: the thin-man threatened his prisoners with the gun, but somehow Peep-peep's father seemed stronger even though he was unarmed.
Wordy uses his controller to highlight the speech marks in the text. He thinks of a song about them.
'Hello, hello,' someone's speaking.
'Hello, hello,' someone's speaking.
When she starts speaking then it's clear I must put this mark up here.
Featuring the Space Moles
Cosmo and Wordy start to transcribe what they are doing like a story, and they have to remember to include speech marks where necessary.
Wordy has drawn pictures of a space-ship and the thin space-man with his space-clothes and space-gun.
Cosmo uses blocks with letters on to put together the word 'frighten.' Wordy reminds us of the 'word chopper' character (who appeared in the previous unit, Sky Hunter) and plays his song to put the word together.
Here's a word you'd like to know.
Break it up in bits like so.
Sound them out one after the other.
Featuring the Word Chopper
Cosmo plays a documentary video cassette about astronauts and their protective clothes, then he explains how the space-lab uses a force like a spinning-top to allow them to work around inside it.
Wordy has gone invisible, but left a missing word message for Cosmo telling him to read on in the book.
Story Part 2
Dan remembers how his compass needle spun round in the wood. The children and Tom decide to go into the wood to see if the space-ship made it spin.
The compass spins and then points in a direction which isn't north, and they have to push their way through an invisible wall in the middle of the woods. An alarm in the space-ship alerts the thin man and he watches events on a television screen.
The compass needle always points towards a lake, and Tom realises that the space-ship is under the water.
The songs in this unit are presented as being in Wordy's head and seen by viewers as "think-ups". When Wordy has a "think-up," the original scripts and concepts for the unit called for lights on his head to flash on and off. You can see the lights installed on Wordy's head throughout all 10 episodes but they never actually function, presumably as the effect didn't work properly. Instead Wordy introduces a think-up by waving his hands in the air in what the studio scripts for later episodes described as the "hands to head routine."
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