The Owl Service

(United Kingdom | ITV | 1969 – 1970)

DVD Releases

The Owl Service has been released on DVD in the UK. No subtitles.
The Owl Service

Alan Garner
Cover image: The Owl Service, Peacock (1969)
Country UK
Format Paperback
Publisher Peacock
Publication Date 1969
Original Price 1.10
ISBN 0140470662

An edition of The Owl Serice released to tie in with the 1969 ITV television adaptation.

Back Cover Blurb
'Youth and love and fear in a modern summer, a Welsh valley where an age-old legend has to live itself out again, generation after generation.'
— New Statesman
Television Serial
The Owl Service

8 × 30 Minutes | ITV | Colour

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  • The front cover shows Gillian Hills as Alison, Francis Wallis as Roger, and Michael Holden as Gwyn.
  • The Owl Service would win Alan Garner the 1967 Carnegie Medal, an annual award in memory of Andrew Carnegie, and which is presented to the writer of an oustanding book for children. Until 2006, this would be one published during the previous calendar year — hence the slightly misleading "Carnegie Medal Winner 1968" line on the front cover of the tie-in edition.

    To celebrate the 70th anniversary of the award in 2007, a shortlist of previous winners was drawn up, with The Owl Service being one of the ten selected. The eventual winner, chosen via an online poll, was Phillip Pullman's Northern Lights, the first book in the His Dark Materials trilogy.
  • A non-fiction book on the production of The Owl Service, compiled out of the diaries kept by Alan Garner's children (Ellen, Adam and Katharine) during the shoot, was published by Armada Books in 1970 under the titled Filming the Owl Service. The book also included an introduction by Alan Garner himself, as well as a chapter by director Peter Plummer.