The Cabin in the Clearing

The Cabin in the Clearing was a British television series which aired in 1954 on the BBC. All five episodes are believed to be lost.[1] It was a half-hour children's western set in Ohio in the early nineteenth century, and based on the 1890 novel of the same name written by Edward S. Ellis.[2] Episodes were transmitted live, as was usually the case with 1954 BBC series, and don't appear to have been telerecorded. The serial ran from 16 February to 16 March 1954, but a remake - which included some members of the original cast, such as Ann Hanslip, Derek Aylward and Ewen Solon - was shown between 14 January to 1 February 1959.


The Sutherlands, a frontier family settling out in Ohio, USA, find themselves under siege in the wilderness when the Miami Indians and Shawnee Indians tribes decide to unite and set about attacking white settlers. With help far away, the Sutherlands have only their friend Bradley Ripley - hidden out in the woods - to help them to have any chance of escape. Ripley is accompanied by Mul-Keep Mo, a Native Indian whose life he once saved, and together they must plot how to rescue the Sutherland family from their perilious situation.

1954 Cast MembersEdit

1959 Cast MembersEdit


  1. ^ Lost UK TV Shows Search Engine
  2. ^ "Children's Television: The Cabin in the Clearing: 3: Ordeal by Fire". Genome (Beta). BBC Television. Retrieved 11 September 2017.

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