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Changes

The Changes TV series was first shown in 1975. It starts with everyone turning against technology - they smash their TV sets, cars, etc. The main character is a girl called Nicky, who gets separated from her parents during an attempt to get to France where it is apparently still safe. For a while she travels with a group of Sikhs. During the course of the series she is accused of witchcraft, and eventually finds out what caused the changes, and helps to put an end to them.

I only remember the first half of the series, while Nicky is with the Sikhs, but I have since read the trilogy of books that the series was based on - "The Devil's Children", "Heartsease" and "The Weathermonger". Nicky is only in the first one, but I imagine that it was felt it would be easier for kids to follow if the same character was in the entire series.

The series had a very sinister feel to it, I particularly remember how scary the electricity pylons were made to seem. The idea of everything familiar changing, and ordinary everyday objects becoming terrifying, made quite an impression on me as a nine year old. I wonder if that's what started my taste for apocalyptic fiction...


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Do You Remember Changes?

Do You Remember Changes?

  • Etcha-a-sketch
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    Yep, I think of the electrical towers and pylons too.
  • Anonymous user
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    OMG those pylons!!!! I still think of Changes whenever I see pylons, they still give me the creeps in a weird way!
  • Anonymous user
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    Correction: she was seventeen. Filming began back in 1973.
  • Anonymous user
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    Vicky Williams, who played 'Nicky Gore', was 19 years old when she did the show! She didn't look it!