I remember a series that I liked in the 80's. It was about a group of children that may have lived on a farm. They found pieces of machinery in the local countryside which they found fitted together. It definitely had a sci-fi type feel to it and was a live action show.

I think the series was probably on after Newsround for 20-30mins. It may have been an import.

I never saw all the episodes, sorry for being vague. Also I never saw an ending if there was one.


There was maybe a swamp where they found a ring of the device Also there was a girl and boy and possibly another character other than family members (mum, dad etc)

  • Live action or animated? Mar 13, 2014 at 9:31
  • Also, this might provide some inspiration: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/… Mar 13, 2014 at 9:44
  • It is a live action program. Mar 13, 2014 at 10:45
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    Do you remember something about the plot? Alien visitors? Military? Are we talking about fiction or is this edutainment teaching kids about mechanics?
    – Abulafia
    Mar 13, 2014 at 11:26
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    Yes that's it! Children of the dog star. Wasn't quite a ring though in the swamp :S bad memory there lol. See if I can find it on dvd now :) Mar 13, 2014 at 15:19

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Could be "Children of the Dog Star"(NZ 1984) which aired in Britain in August '85. The show features children in a rural setting, it's SciFi and includes something in a swamp with circular shape, which is recovered by the children. Below is the recovery from the swamp and assorted mystery devices from the show:

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Source: http://www.frequency.com/video/children-of-dog-star-1984/101862698/-/5-6263323

Edit: First guess was that it could have been a re-run of "Here Come the Double Deckers" from 1970-71. It takes place in a junk yard in London where a group of children live in an abandoned double-decker bus. It features a fair bit of tinkering and a robot in at least one episode.

  • Unfortunately that's not it Mar 13, 2014 at 13:47
  • @Dreamwalker: Could it be "Read all about it!" which has a somewhat more rural setting and more clearly scifi? rickstv.com/tvo/read.html
    – Abulafia
    Mar 13, 2014 at 13:55

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