Coot Club and its companion story, The Big Six, are based on the celebrated Swallows & Amazons series of childrens’ books written by Arthur Ransome.



LENGTH: 90 Minutes
MSRP: $24.95
CATALOG #: 20309
UPC #: 6-4603203099-0
ISBN #: 1-56839-259-1
PRODUCER: Southern Star Sales Limited

In addition to being available as a DVD for home-use only, this title is available to colleges, universities, non-profit institutions and community groups with both Public Performance Rights (PPR) and Digital Site Licenses (DSL). For PPR and DSL ordering information, click here.


For anyone who loves sailing and adventure, the Arthur Ransome classics stand alone. Set in the ’30s, both stories take place on the lakes and waterways of England, and feature the same cast of lively characters, led by six children, who become firm friends, sharing a love of wildlife and all things nautical. The fun and adventure of a life afloat sparkle off the screen. These movies were produced on location in England by the BBC.

Coot Club Dick and Dot have to be taught the art of sailing, because they are spending their first holiday afloat with Mrs. Barrable. On hand is the doctor’s son, Tom, and a pair of twins that are such expert sailors they are nicknamed Port and Starboard. The adventure begins with the “Hullabaloos,” a party of noisy holidaymakers on the river who are damaging the riverbanks and wildlife. Tom is forced to free their boat from its mooring to save a coot’s nest. Then, Tom, Dick and Dot, joined later by the twins, sail south on a cruise. Will the Hullabaloos catch up with them?


“Coot Club is an instant classic. Drawn from Arthur Ransome’s children’s series SWALLOWS and AMAZONS, this lovingly crafted recreation of life in the backwaters of 1930s England will capture the interest of children and adults. This is a winner for anyone over the age of six. Highly recommended. Editor’s Choice.” -Video Librarian

“Coot Club and The Big Six are the first two feature length videos to be released which are based on British writer Arthur Ransome’s series of children’s books SWALLOWS and AMAZONS FOREVER… The footage of wildlife and of the lovely scenery seen as the boats sail down the river are a plus as is the interesting background music. The children’s concern for preservation of the ecology and endangered wildlife is a major theme which is worked into the plot. The 1930′s setting seems authentic with vintage transportation and farming equipment. A time of innocence and romanticism when children were free to explore without parental supervision and where good always prevails is depicted… Stereotypes are avoided by portraying males and females as equally resourceful and strong. Both of these productions are the kind of wholesome entertainment that families can enjoy together. Libraries with an interest in videos that tie in to literature will find these to be an especially desirable purchase.” -School Library Journal

“Two Swallows and Amazons Forever titles are fine British stories of children who have adventures and develop ecological consciousness at the same time.” -The Children’s Bookwatch

“Fine production qualities infuse the programs, accomplished acting by the cast propels the appealing scripts, and lovely footage of the waterways and wildlife lend a peaceful, nostalgic glow to the stories… Pleasing for the involving, non-violent plots; the positive adult figures; and the gentle, winsome atmosphere depicted, these are unusual and thoroughly charming videos for children’s enjoyment and family viewing.” -Booklist A Booklist Editor’s Choice Award