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The Tyrant King was a six-part children's serial drama directed by Mike Hodges, made by ABC Television Britain and screened by Thames Television in 1968. It was dramatised from the book of the same name by Aylmer Hall, adapted for television by Trevor Preston. It was notable for its use of a progressive music soundtrack, including music from The Rolling Stones, The Moody Blues and Pink Floyd, and in particular The Nice, whose number The Thoughts of Emerlist Davjack was the title track.


The story begins with three children overhearing a mysterious conversation, leading them to follow the clues across the tourist attractions of London.


  • Murray Melvin (Uncle Gerry)
  • Candace Glendenning (Charlotte)
  • Edward McMurray (Bill Hallen)
  • Kim Fortune (Peter Thorne)
  • Philip Madoc (Scarface)


Tracks include:

  • The Thoughts of Emerlist Davjack (The Nice)
  • Tantalising Maggie (The Nice)
  • Astronomy Domine (The Pink Floyd)
  • Dr. Livingstone, I Presume (The Moody Blues)
  • As You Said (Cream)
  • A Saucerful Of Secrets (The Pink Floyd)
  • She's a Rainbow (The Rolling Stones)
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