DVD: Children of the stones (12)

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Still, some 34 years after it was first broadcast on ITV (in the children's slot), Jeremy Burnham and Trevor Ray's sci-fi series remains hugely unnerving, and there's little doubt that this pioneering, creepy seven-part series informed the likes of Simon Pegg (Hot Fuzz) and Russell T Davies (Doctor Who).

Astrophysicist Adam (Gareth Thomas) comes to the quiet village of Milbury with his clever son, Matthew (Peter Demin), to study some megalithic stones. It swiftly becomes clear that all is not quite right in Milbury. The "happy day" comments and beatific expressions from the locals are a dead giveaway. And the chanting... no one who has seen this forgets the chanting...