Through the Dragon's Eye is a 1989 Look and Read Edutainment Show released by The BBC. The most famous and popular show released from the educational programme, Through the Dragon's Eye has been used as an educational programme for British kids in schools since its first airing over twenty years ago and has a strong following.
The show stars three kids Amanda, Jenny and Scott who paint a mural on their primary school wall featuring a dragon. After they paint in the eye, the dragon winks at them and suddenly springs to life, identifying himself as Gorwen and invites the kids into the fantasy world of Pelamar. He explains the world is dying due to the destruction of the MacGuffin called the Veetacore which becomes a Dismantled MacGuffin. The kids, Gorwen and giant talking mouse Rodey meet the Veetacore's Keepers Boris, Doris and Morris, who can't read - in fact, all the creatures in Pelamar are dyslexic and can't read.
The kids offer to help translate the instruction manual on how to reconstruct the Veetacore, but learn three pieces are missing. Gorwen concludes the pieces somehow flew all the way into the unknown land of Widge and decides to go on The Quest to find the pieces. Jenny remains with Doris and Morris to rebuild the Veetacore whilst Gorwen, Amanda, Scott, Boris and Rodey go to Widge to find the missing pieces, all the while be harassed by the fluffy Ewok-like critters called Widgets. Jenny's group also get in trouble when the show's Big Bad and walking Nightmare Fuel Charn the Evil One arrives from exile to use the Veetacore for evil purposes.
This series provides examples of:
- Butt-Monkey: Boris and Morris.
- Cliffhanger: Every episode ends on one.
- Danger Thin Ice: Fortunately by the time he encounters it, Gorwen has enough literacy to read the warning sign and avoid the danger.
- Dismantled MacGuffin: The serial revolves around the search for the missing pieces of the Veetacore.
- Drawing Straws: Jenny, Amanda and Scott do this to decide who stays behind at the Veetacore house.
- Dumb Jock: Boris loves playing cricket and tennis but isn't the sharpest tool in the box. He gets better later on as he learns to read and is responsible for finding two out of the three missing Veetons.
- Family Theme Naming: Boris, Doris and Morris.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Morris darts in front of Charn's lightning and gets turned into a puddle to give Gorwen enough time to shield himself from being turned into a puddle. Fortunately, Gorwen is able to restore him.
- I'm Melting!: Charn turns those who cross him into puddles.
- "L" Is for "Dyslexia": All the creatures in Pelamar are this.
- Lovable Coward: Morris is the most timid of the Keepers, barely able to stand up to Doris and absolutely terrified when Charn shows up. However when Gorwen is in danger, he sneaks out to warn him, resulting in the Heroic Sacrificeabove.
- The Millstone: Morris's caterpillar Frug eats pieces of the book the characters are using to repair the Veetacore. He even eats the final page and the Veetacore can only be completed because he hatches from the cocoon with the words on his wings.
- Portal Picture: The mural through which the children enter Pelamar.
- Public Secret Message: How Jenny manages to alert her friends to Charn's presence — she knits it into a scarf and shows it to them. Since Charn can't read, he doesn't twig that the pattern in the scarf is actually words.
- The Quest: It has all the plot stapled; The hero's quest, to recover the MacGuffin/collect the Plot Coupons, fight the Big Bad, etc.
- Quicksand Sucks: And sings a Qu-themed song about it, too.
- Skeletons in the Coat Closet: Charn's costume is made up of bones, including a ribcage over his chest and the skull of a giant bird on his head. It's not entirely clear if this is also a costume in-universe or what his body actually looks like.
- Snake Talk: Charn does a lot of this.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: It's heavily implied that Scott is afraid of heights as he's visibly uncomfortable with the idea of flying and freaks out when he has to cross a chasm using a rope ladder. It makes his actions at the end of Chapter 9 all the more heroic.
- Wing Shield: Gorwen uses his wings to protect himself from Charn's lightning bolts (though the costume isn't really flexible enough to pull this off convincingly).