Yes, the TV series was based on a series of books by Colin Dann. There were seven books in total (eight if you count a prequel that was written showing life in Farthing Wood before it was destroyed).
There were three seasons of the TV show. The first was based on the original book, "The Animals of Farthing Wood". The second combined the next three books, "In the Grip of Winter", "Fox's Feud" and "The Fox Cub Bold". The third combined the final two books, "In the Path of the Storm" and "Battle for the Park". The fifth book, "The Siege of White Deer Park", was never adapted for TV, and neither was the prequel.
I'm not sure what kind of age group the books were aimed at - probably for all ages - but they certainly weren't children's picture books. They are very similar in some respects to the TV series, although there are some noticeable differences. In the books, most of the main characters are male, whereas in the TV version, some of them (Adder, Owl, Weasel) were female. Also, some characters that die in the books don't die in the TV series (Toad), while there are some that die in the TV series but not the book (Badger).
I'd swear that badger did die in the books, although I only have the audio tapes to go by as I haven't read those books in about 10 years!
"And now for something completly different." Wait, damn it!
"There is no you, there is only me!"
No, he definitely didn't die in the books. I checked last night and he's still alive at the end of the last one.
can anyone remember when the pheasent (sp?) got shot! i thought that was horrible lol.
my favourite was weasel & kestrel
Yes, poor mr pheasant got his comeuppance when his wife got shot by the farmer.
Wasn't there a bit when the Kestrel mistakes the mice for other mice and eats one of them?
Yes, there was. She was "deeply embarrased" about it.
My favourite character is Vixen - beautiful design, and very kind to the other animal.
I hated Measly (Weasel's mate) and the Rat leader (Bully) with a passion though - Measly was just annoying and Bully's little "Who am I?" routine got old quick.
My favourite part had to be the showdown between Fox and Scarface, while my worst part was the murder of Adder's mate, Sinuous. What a nasty way to go, being strangled by a rat, and Adder's reaction to her mate's death was heartbreaking.
yeah, adder's bitterness was brilliantly done for a children's show! i remember her whispering "they killed sinuous, so i raided their nests" and it was actually quite chilling. i also used to hate bold, but i remember sitting at the table and not being able to eat my dinner after the episode where he died because I was crying so hard. i really dont think any other series had quite the same effect one me. im 18 now and i really do think that the CBBC programmes of my childhood represent a golden age in kids TV. such programmes as Dizzy heights, Uncle Jack, century falls etc which are unparalleled today. also grange hill and byker grove still had balls, and there were crazy oddities like MUD (anyone remember mud???). sheer class all of them, but AOFW is unforgettable.