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By using the power of their high-tech nursery, two children let their subconscious manifestations appear to help them rebel against their parents.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 4x11
Airdate: Friday November 10th, 1989

Director: Brad Turner
Story: Ray Bradbury
Teleplay: Ray Bradbury

Guest Stars
Linda KelseyLinda Kelsey
As Lydia Hadley
Malcolm StewartMalcolm Stewart
As George Hadley
Thomas PeacockeThomas Peacocke
As David McLean

Co-Guest Stars
Damien AtkinsDamien Atkins
As Peter Hadley
Shana Alexander (2)Shana Alexander (2)
As Wendy Hadley
Del MehesDel Mehes
voiced Mechanical Voice
Main Cast


George and Lydia Hadley live in their perfect automated house that provides everything for them. George comes in and asks where their children Wendy and Peter are. The children call on the videophone to inform their parents they'll be late for supper. Lydia worries that the nursery has changed and suggests that George have their psychiatrist, David McLean, take a look at it. She takes her husband to see the room, which contains a holographic representation of an African veldt. George is impressed at the fact they're getting their money's worth, and Lydia tells him to wait. She points out vultures in the distance, gathering around a carcass, and a scream in the distance. She wonders what the lions ate and left behind, and insists she can feel something. As George reaches out to touch one of the lions, a lioness runs toward them and Lydia hastily pulls them out and locks the door. She wonders if the lions can get out and they hear growling on the other side of the door...

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Episode Notes
Based on the Ray Bradbury short story "The Veldt" also known as "The World the Children Made". This story was first published in The Saturday Evening Post (September 23, 1950), and was later adapted for the movie The Illustrated Man (1969).

Episode Quotes
Host: Africa, lions, and the great modern safari explorers have been part of my life, in and out of films, or circus arenas, or libraries. Here in my work room, motion picture television machines and hot African veldt lands join and come alive. What was Popular Mechanics fancy when I was nine can be built today or written out in a few hours, yo be let loose from my typewriter as a story called "The Veldt."

George Hadley: How could I have been such a damned fool?
David McLean: With so many servants, easy.

Changes from the short story:

* The ending of the episode strongly suggests that David will be the children's next victim, which is not apparent in the short story.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorRay Bradbury
Executive ProducerRay Bradbury  |  Larry Wilcox  |  Peter Sussman
Supervising ProducerSeaton McLean  |  Tom Cotter (1)
ProducerJonathan Goodwill  |  Arvi Liimatainen
Production DesignerJohn Blackie
EditorDoug Forbes
CastingSusan Forrest  |  Mary Ann Barton  |  Bette Chadwick
First Assistant DirectorDavid Webb (3)
Second Assistant DirectorCynthia Gillespie
MusicMo Marshall
Costume DesignerJill Blackie
Make-upGail Kennedy
GripGeoff Yates  |  Christopher Tate
Set DecoratorLouise Middleton
Location ManagerGreg Coyes
Transportation CoordinatorMark Boyko
Property MasterCaroline George
Construction CoordinatorBill Rayment
Script SupervisorMimi Wolch
Production CoordinatorNicole Noel
Re-Recording MixerTim Archer  |  Rick Ellis
GafferBruno Bittner
Director of PhotographyPhilip Linzey
Production SecretaryBrenda Hennig
Art DirectorScott Dobbie
Post Production CoordinatorJohn Harcourt
Production ManagementMichael Sulyma
Sound EditorDan Sexton
Sound MixerGeorge Tarrant
Third Assistant DirectorTracy Long
Boom OperatorKelly Zomber
Production AccountantLinda Chapman
Set DresserDoug Blackie
Wardrobe AssistantKathleen Mulder
Assistant To The ProducerSpyro Egarhos
HairRosemary Diekmann
Best Boy GripRandy Swanson
Still PhotographerDouglas Curran
Second Camera AssistantDale Jahraus
1st Camera AssistantRobert Macdonald
Best Boy ElectricianMartin Wilde
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