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Secret Valley
Created by Terry Bourke
Roger Mirams
Starring Alfred Bell
Rodney Bell
Marcia Britos
Opening theme My Secret Valley
Country of origin Australia
No. of episodes 26
Production
Executive producer(s) Roger Mirams
Running time 30 mins
Production company(s) Grundy Organisation
Telecip, S.A.
Televisión Española
Release
Original network ABC
Original release 1980 (1980)

Secret Valley is an Australian children's television adventure series first shown on the ABC in 1980. It was produced by the Grundy Organisation in association with Telecip, S.A. and Spain's public broadcaster Televisión Española.

Series synopsis

Secret Valley is a fictitious children's holiday camp in Bildarra which has been transformed from a run-down ghost town into a resort. The children who work and visit the camp often find themselves in battle against a gang of bad kids – Spider McGlurk and his gang from "Spider Cave". These battles usually feature flour bombs and other food-related missiles and everyone inevitably ends up in a big mess.

Spider McGlurk and his gang are not the biggest threat to the peace at Secret Valley. Secret Valley is also under threat of closure by the local council, and property developer William Whopper (also known as 'WW') played by Hugh Keays-Byrne.

It was produced by Roger Mirams who also produced the series Professor Poopsnagle's Steam Zeppelin in 1986, amongst other programs and series.

The 1980 pilot was directed by Howard Rubie and written by Terry Bourke.

International screenings

The series was aired in New Zealand, Spain, Greece, Italy, the UK on ITV in the 1980s, and the Netherlands in 1982/1983 by KRO television. It was also broadcast by the Dutch TV station Kindernet in 1989/1990. It was also aired in South Africa in 1983 on the state-owned SABC.

The theme song

The theme song "My Secret Valley" was sung to the tune of "Waltzing Matilda" and composed by Bob Young, with lyrics by series producer Roger Mirams (credited as David Phillips).

I had a dream I could ride across the mountaintops

Ride on the waves where the sea turns blue

Gum trees, some trees rise until they touch the sky

I know a place where it all comes true

Chorus:

I know a valley, I know a valley

My Secret Valley the world has to see

One place for children, welcome from around the world

Please come and share Secret Valley with me

Verse

Paris, London, Montreal and Amsterdam

So many friends that we want to know

From the hills of Spain to the city streets of Germany

I know a place where we all can go

Repeat chorus

Episodes

1. Big plans

2. Secret weapon

3. Battle stations

4. The horse who could dance

5. The junkman

6. The ghost of Secret Valley

7. Save the bunyip

8. The monster

9. The magnetic machine

10. The runaway

11. Double trouble

12. The great mini bike race

13. Spanish gold

14. I spy

15. Secret Valley Bush Fire

16. Super scoop

17. Spider McGlurk Meets His Match

18. The Trojan Bull

19. A sticky situation

20. The worm turns

21. Lost in the bush

22. Express delivery

23. The Bildara Bank Bust

24. The oily bird catches the worm

25. Big city

26. End of the rainbow

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