'Coot Club' and 'The Big Six' by the celebrated novelist Arthur Ransome are two companion stories from his series of children's books set on the lakes and waterways of England and called 'Swallows and Amazons'.
Both the stories take place on the Norfolk Broads, and have the same cast of lively characters, led by six children, who become firm friends, sharing a love of wildlife and all things nautical.
Set in the 1930's, the television adaptation follows their boating adventures and daring escapades on the rivers and "broads" of Norfolk, The fun and adventure of a life afloat sparkles off the screen. There are secret enemies intent on getting them into trouble, strandings, ducklings and chases.
The Ransome stories are a special mixture of realism and romance. Indeed, they were all inspired by treasured memories of his own childhood holidays in the Lake District and Norfolk Broads. The intricate detail in which he describes the boats and the wildlife of the English countryside is impressive and fascinating to both navigator and landlubber.