The Magician’s House
and Magician's House 2
This was the last of the
good Sunday Teatime dramas on the BBC. Steven's character William Constant along with his sister Alice (Olivia Coles)
and their cousin Mary (Katie Stuart) have adventures that span many centuries at Golden house, somewhere in Wales.
In series 2 Golden Valley is under threat from Matthew Morden’s descendants
who wish to build a theme park at Golden Water. Can the children with the Magician help save Golden Valley once more?
both series were 6x30
minute episodes, shot in Canada and apart
from the three juvenile leads starred Ian Richardson, Neil Pearson and Sian Phillips and the voices of Stephen Fry and Jennifer
Saunders. The show was adapted by William Corlett from his own books.
In series 1 Steven was sporting
lovely blonde curtains (as did everyone born between ’81 and ’86 when they turned 14!) and kept on about a computer
game (made up names always sound terrible in scripts.) But it was obvious he had talent and was very photogenic, as well as
breaking several young girls’ hearts when he appeared in teen magazines!
But one thing was for certain,
he showed promise.
Magician’s house 2 is that viewers are able to see how the young actors have matured in a year. Gone are those blonde
curtains and the awful shirt and in their place a new more mature William with a deeper voice and skinnier physique. But also
Steven has grown into his character with more depth and emotion. William has grown up too and Steven handles it well, he’s
more subtle letting us know he’s thinking without having to work too hard.
All in all
a very good performance and Steven was showing he is a very capable actor.ith Ian Richardson show he’s not daunted by
working with ‘big names’ and Steven allows you to see Will trying to deal with all the science behind the plot
of The Magicians House.