BBC’s Giant Challenge | Talking Beasts

In Episode 3 of BBC’s The Silver Chair television series, the Lady of the Green Kirtle and the giants of Harfang are introduced. How plausible is it that Jill, Scrubb, and Puddleglum do not immediately recognize their peril? Listen to the discussion and post a comment below.

Watch the post-show chatter.

Rilian, Gymfan, Glumpuddle

3 Responses

  1. coracle says:

    The photo (above) of ‘UNDER ME’ got no mention in the discussion, but it is one of the points that really bothers me in this production. Did the panel notice that the letters in this picture seem to be made of lines of stones, not cut out of the stone?

    When Jill falls into a trench, it is a part of a letter E, dug OUT of the flat stone, not piled ONTO it. (this picture actually resembles an amateur bit of cake decorating, using lumpy icing to pipe the letters).

    I hope this will be discussed in the next episode.

  2. Col Klink says:

    I’m sorry I haven’t commented yet when I’ve commented on all the other episodes about the BBC Silver Chair. It’s just that episode 3 of that series (not this podcast episode) was rather middle-of-the-road for me. I can’t think of much to say about and I’m doing a lot of other typing these days. I intended to a do a longer comment before too long.

  3. Col Klink says:

    I’m glad I’m not the only one who is annoyed by Puddlgelum’s “ooh-ing” in this adaptation. It sounds like he’s trying to freak Jill and Eustace out by pretending to be a ghost or something.

    I didn’t really have the problem that Gymfan had with all the footage of the characters walking. I mean it’s important for the storytelling to show how long and hard their trip is. And I appreciate that they included Puddleglum snoring. That being said, I wish they had had more of that footage after the encounter with the LOTGK. That way they could have built up how desperate the characters were to get to Harfang. As it is, it feels like they reach it almost immediately after they hear about it. The scene in the blizzard was also ineffective IMO. The sky really should have been darker and the snow thicker to make us empathize with the characters’ desperation. That was probably my least favorite part of the episode. My favorite part? Probably Eustace’s line, “Puddleglum has a hangover-I mean a headache.” LOL.

    From the book’s description, I always imagined the LOTGK with her rolled r’s as kind of over-the-top in her sugary sweetness, so I didn’t really have a problem with Barbara Kellerman’s performance. That being said, maybe making her a little subtler would have been good.

    I agree they should have established the stuffed toy in Jill’s room before it transformed into Aslan. That was a bit confusing.

    Harking back to Jill being afraid of Aslan in Episode 1, I noticed that in this episode what upsets her about messing up her mission is the prospect of never getting back to her own world, not never finding Rilian. I don’t necessarily mind that since Jill, unlike the Pevensies or Eustace, has no reason to be attached to Caspian or Narnia. That said, we’re halfway through the series now; it might be nice to have her be a little more altruistic in her thinking.

    Isn’t Tumnus’s lullaby in the BBC just the theme song played on the flute?