The BEST Episodes of The Famous Five (1978)

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Sep 21, 2019

Network: ITV1

Meet the Famous Five: Julian (Marcus Harris), Dick (Gary Russell), Anne (Jennifer Thanisch), their cousin George (Michelle Gallagher) and her dog Timmy. Ruined castles and rolling moors; mysterious islands and hidden caves: the five can find adventure wherever they are. Join them at Kirrin Cottage, or away on their holidays as they encounter smugglers, scoundrels and spies. Thankfully, Uncle Quentin and Aunt Fanny are always around to offer lashings of ginger beer. Based on the best-selling Enid Blyton series of books, this classic 70 s TV series also features the talent of classic British actors, including; Patrick Troughton, Ronald Fraser, Brian Glover, David Rappaport and an early appearance from Rupert Graves.

Five Go Down to the Sea (2)

#1 - Five Go Down to the Sea (2)

Season 2 - Episode 13

Why does a light shine out on stormy nights from the ruined Wreckers Tower overlooking the rock Cornish coast? This is a mystery the Five set out to solve.

star 8.67
3 votes
Directors: Mike Connor
Writers: Gail Renard
Five Go Down to the Sea (1)

#2 - Five Go Down to the Sea (1)

Season 2 - Episode 12

Why does a light shine out on stormy nights from the ruined Wreckers Tower overlooking the rock Cornish coast? This is a mystery the Five set out to solve.

star 8.33
3 votes
Directors: Mike Connor
Writers: Gail Renard
Five Go To Demons Rock (2)

#3 - Five Go To Demons Rock (2)

Season 2 - Episode 11

Is there any treasure on Demon's Rocks? Or is it just a myth? The Famous Five decide to explore the surrounding caves. Then they find a gold coin-and the myth becomes all to real.

star 8.25
4 votes
Directors: Pat Jackson
Writers: Richard Sparks
Five Go to Mystery Moor

#4 - Five Go to Mystery Moor

Season 1 - Episode 10

Mystery Moor is aptly named, as the Five discover! There's something dangerous out there, but gang need help to find out what it is. The travellers camped on the moor are unfriendly, so the Famous Five have no other choice but to risk the treacherous mists and follow the trail.

star 8.25
4 votes
Directors: James Gatward
Writers: Gloria Tors
Five go to Kirrin Island (2)

#5 - Five go to Kirrin Island (2)

Season 1 - Episode 2

Part 2: There's a shipwreck off Kirrin Island, but where's the treasure? The Five are on the trail, looking for clues... but they're not alone and time is running out.

star 8.00
12 votes
Directors: Peter Duffell
Writers: Gloria Tors
Five on a Hike Together

#6 - Five on a Hike Together

Season 1 - Episode 9

Dick is puzzled when he's woken by a light flashing through his window. Is someone trying to send him a coded message? And when the Famous Five hear of an escaped convict in the area, they are on red alert. The police won't help, so the Five have no choice but to solve the mystery alone.

star 8.00
6 votes
Directors: Mike Connor
Writers: Richard Carpenter
Five Go Off to Camp (1)

#7 - Five Go Off to Camp (1)

Season 1 - Episode 7

Part 1: Spook trains in the middle of the night! And they seem to vanish into thin air—but where do they go? The Famous Five are on to it. But the discovery of an unusual underground tunnel system, and a train-service, has them puzzled. If they follow the tracks, will they solve the mystery?

star 8.00
7 votes
Directors: James Gatward
Writers: Gloria Tors
Five Go Off in a Caravan

#8 - Five Go Off in a Caravan

Season 1 - Episode 6

What is Uncle Quentin up to, all alone on Kirrin Island? He won't let anyone visit, not even George and the rest of the famous Five. But Uncle Quentin isn't really alone on the island—someone is watching his every move.

star 7.88
8 votes
Directors: Peter Duffell
Writers: Richard Sparks
Five go to Kirrin Island (1)

#9 - Five go to Kirrin Island (1)

Season 1 - Episode 1

There's a shipwreck off Kirrin Island, but where's the treasure? The Five are on the trail, looking for clues... but they're not alone and time is running out.

star 7.84
17 votes
Directors: Peter Duffell
Writers: Gloria Tors
Five Go to Billycock Hill

#10 - Five Go to Billycock Hill

Season 1 - Episode 12

Hurrah! It's holiday time, and the Famous Five are spending it at Billycock Hill. Most exciting of all, they've made a new friend—a real pilot! But when he disappears with top secret equipment, the Five are puzzled. Could their new friend be a spy?

star 7.80
5 votes
Directors: Don Leaver
Writers: Gail Renard
Five on Finniston Farm

#11 - Five on Finniston Farm

Season 1 - Episode 13

There is a ruined castle on Finniston Farm, but only the dungeons remain and no one knows where they are! The Famous Five are determined to find them, and whatever else is hidden inside, but someone else wants to find out too. Can the Five get there first?

star 7.80
5 votes
Directors: Peter Duffell
Writers: Gloria Tors
Five Fall Into Adventure (2)

#12 - Five Fall Into Adventure (2)

Season 2 - Episode 8

George and Timmy the dog have disappeared-and somebody has broken in to Kirrin Cottage! The Famous Five are sure there is a connection-but how can they solve the mystery when there is only three of them?

star 7.78
4 votes
Directors: Sidney Hayers
Writers: Gail Renard
Five Fall Into Adventure (1)

#13 - Five Fall Into Adventure (1)

Season 2 - Episode 7

George and Timmy the dog have disappeared-and somebody has broken in to Kirrin Cottage! The Famous Five are sure there is a connection-but how can they solve the mystery when there is only three of them?

star 7.75
4 votes
Directors: Sidney Hayers
Writers: Gail Renard
Five Go Adventuring Again

#14 - Five Go Adventuring Again

Season 1 - Episode 3

There's a thief at Kirrin Cottage! The Famous Five think they know who it is, but they need to prove it! Where can they find evidence? The discovery of an old map and very unusual hiding place is all they need to get to the bottom of this mystery and uncover the true culprit!

star 7.70
10 votes
Directors: Don Leaver
Writers: Richard Carpenter
Five Get Into Trouble (1)

#15 - Five Get Into Trouble (1)

Season 2 - Episode 1

Part 1: The Famous Five are distraught! Dick has been kidnapped—mistaken for somebody else! The gang finally track him down—to a lonely, abandoned house—but then they too are seized and held captive. How will the intrepid Five get themselves out of this mess?

star 7.67
3 votes
Directors: Sidney Hayers
Writers: Richard Sparks
Five Go Off to Camp (2)

#16 - Five Go Off to Camp (2)

Season 1 - Episode 8

Part 2: Spook trains in the middle of the night! And they seem to vanish into thin air—but where do they go? The Famous Five are on to it. But the discovery of an unusual underground tunnel system, and a train-service, has them puzzled. If they follow the tracks, will they solve the mystery?

star 7.60
5 votes
Directors: James Gatward
Writers: Gloria Tors
Five on a Secret Trail

#17 - Five on a Secret Trail

Season 1 - Episode 11

Camping again! This time the Five have pitched their tent near an old ruined cottage, which looks as though it's been abandoned for years. When Anne hears strange noises at night the others don't believe her...until they see ghostly lights. Could the cottage be haunted?

star 7.60
5 votes
Directors: Don Leaver
Writers: Richard Sparks
Five Go To Demons Rock (1)

#18 - Five Go To Demons Rock (1)

Season 2 - Episode 10

Is there any treasure on Demon's Rocks? Or is it just a myth? The Famous Five decide to explore the surrounding caves. Then they find a gold coin-and the myth becomes all to real.

star 7.50
4 votes
Directors: Pat Jackson
Writers: Richard Sparks
Five Run Away Together

#19 - Five Run Away Together

Season 2 - Episode 9

Who's been on Kirren Island? And what is locked in the mysterious trunk hidden on the wreck. The famous Five think they're on the trail of smugglers-until they hear a child scream.

star 7.50
2 votes
Directors: David Pick
Writers: Gloria Tors
Five Go to Smuggler's Top (2)

#20 - Five Go to Smuggler's Top (2)

Season 1 - Episode 5

Part 2: Can there still be smugglers at Smuggler's Top? The Famous Five go to stay at the large old house, and discover lots of brilliant hiding places, even underground tunnels! Then they catch people signalling out to sea—who are they?

star 7.50
4 votes
Directors: Peter Duffell
Writers: Gloria Tors
Five Get Into Trouble (2)

#21 - Five Get Into Trouble (2)

Season 2 - Episode 2

Part 2: The Famous Five are distraught! Dick has been kidnapped—mistaken for somebody else! The gang finally track him down—to a lonely, abandoned house—but then they too are seized and held captive. How will the intrepid Five get themselves out of this mess?

star 7.33
3 votes
Directors: Sidney Hayers
Writers: Richard Sparks
Five Have A Wonderful Time

#22 - Five Have A Wonderful Time

Season 2 - Episode 6

The Famous Five are having a brilliant time—on holiday in horse-drawn caravans—and they've discovered a ruined castle nearby! The castle looked deserted from a distance, but is that a face at the window? Or is it a trick of the light? Just who is hiding in the castle?

star 7.33
3 votes
Directors: Sidney Hayers
Writers: Richard Sparks
Five Get Into A Fix

#23 - Five Get Into A Fix

Season 2 - Episode 3

The Famous Five are having lots of fun in the snow! But who is living in the mysterious house near the chalet they're staying in? The caretaker says nobody has lived there for years, but the Five are sure they've seen a terrified, haunted face at one of the windows.

star 7.20
5 votes
Directors: James Gatward
Writers: Gail Renard
Five Are Together Again (2)

#24 - Five Are Together Again (2)

Season 2 - Episode 5

Part 2: The Famous Five are having fun camping near the home of a famous scientist. But they might have known there'd be a mystery to solve. When the scientist's important research papers go missing, he needs the gang's help to get them back! But how can the Five work out who took them?

star 7.00
2 votes
Directors: James Gatward
Writers: Gloria Tors
Five Go to Smuggler's Top (1)

#25 - Five Go to Smuggler's Top (1)

Season 1 - Episode 4

1: Can there still be smugglers at Smuggler's Top? The Famous Five go to stay at the large old house, and discover lots of brilliant hiding places, even underground tunnels! Then they catch people signalling out to sea—who are they?

star 7.00
7 votes
Directors: Peter Duffell
Writers: Gloria Tors