I am trying to track down the name of a film or TV show I saw as a child during the 1980s. I vaguely recall a kelpie or water-horse type monster and some kind of long tunnel possibly a canal. I think there were children in it and they were seemingly menaced by the monster. This was live-action and not animated. I probably watched it between 1983-1986, vaguely around the same time as The Tripods.

I would be very interested in discovering what this was.

Probably useful to add that I am in the UK and I'm pretty sure that this is an English show or movie.

  • Pretty positive it wasn't a Loch Ness Monster movie. But reasonable suggestion... Apr 16, 2015 at 22:21
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    If you go here and click on one of the dates in the top bar, you can see a seemingly pretty complete list of all the British "telefantasies" from that year--you could go through 1983-1986 to see if any of the names ring a bell (unfortunately most don't have plot descriptions).
    – Hypnosifl
    Apr 17, 2015 at 23:31
  • (...also, if you do want to check plot descriptions on any titles, you might want to download an ebook called The Definitive Science Fiction Television Encyclopedia which does have plot descriptions of pretty much every sci fi show)
    – Hypnosifl
    Apr 17, 2015 at 23:44

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Thanks to a comment by @Hypnosifl I have discovered the answer. This is most definitely Ghost in the Water broadcast in 1982. I would have been 5 at the time. This is based on a book by Edward Chitham

Although I have yet to find mention of a Kelpie, it involves ghosts and the tunnel is the giveaway (still gives me the heebeegeebees):

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Here it is:


Assuming that the timeframe is correct, and that it is NOT one of the various Loch Ness Monster films that came out in the 80s or 90s, it could be one of these:

Baby: Secret of the Lost Legend

Released in 1985. A husband and wife team of anthropologists in Africa find a family of Apatosaurs living in a secluded lagoon. They must then protect the herd from poachers led by a rival scientist.


Frog-Dreaming (aka The Quest)

Released in 1986. Marketed in the U.S. as "The Quest", Frog-Dreaming is about an American boy who moves to the Australian Outback. Along with his new friends, the boy begins to investigate the local legend of The Donkegin - a monster which inhabits a secluded lake.


  • Definitely not either. I am pretty certain the show is from the UK. Thanks for the response though. Apr 17, 2015 at 20:24
  • @Frank_Zafka no problem - any additional details you can remember will help us narrow it down more.
    – Omegacron
    Apr 17, 2015 at 21:19
  • unfortunately this is one of my earliest memories, so that's the limit of the detail. It definitely had the feel of a Dr Who or Tripods episode... Apr 17, 2015 at 21:32
  • I remember Baby... that African tribe with their recurring catchphrase of "No problem!"
    – FuzzyBoots
    Mar 7, 2017 at 15:14

It was possibly don’t be afraid of the dark there was an episode with a water creature in a tunnel where students found it.

  • The OP already answered their own question and identified the work they were looking for as the 1982 TV movie, Ghost in the Water. And even if they hadn't done, this answer is incomplete without a specific episode number/title. May 17 at 6:48
  • FWIW, while we have some minor disagreements on answers after an accepted one, generally one which does fully match the question, and shows those details, is acceptable, since it may help other people searching for a similar book.
    – FuzzyBoots
    May 17 at 11:06

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