Cult TV Essentials

Cult TV Essentials: The Return Of The Antelope

Basically Gulliver’s Travels the other way round, The Return of the Antelope was a UK TV series that aired from 1986 to 1988 (four seasons/26 episodes). It was set in 1899 and was a children’s fantasy series about two English children, who befriend a group of shipwrecked Lilliputians.

The show opens 200 years after Gulliver’s visit to Lilliput, three adventurous Lilliputians, Fistram (John Quentin), Spellbush (John Branwell), and Millie (Fiona McArthur), set sail in a boat named ‘The Antelope’ in tribute to Gulliver’s original ship, only to be shipwrecked on the rocks and beach.

Seeking refuge in a picnic hamper, the Lilliputians are rescued by a couple of children, Gerald (Alan Bowyer) and Philippa (Claudia Gambold), holidaying at a nearby guest house. The children provide a home for the Lilliputians in the doll’s house they find in their room.

The guest house owner, Harwell Mincing (Paul Chapman), shows a malevolent interest in the diminutive explorers and the story becomes a deadly game of cat and mouse as the Lilliputians attempt to avoid Mincing’s clutches.

Over subsequent episodes the children go home and new guardians arrive to discover and protect the Lilliputians.

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