Enid Blyton's The Famous Five Adventures, A Pepys Game
First Published: 1978, A Pepys Game by Castell Larby Ltd. and T.J & J Smith Ltd., Deer Park Road, London
Illustrator or Designer: Not Credited
Contents: 44 Cards + Fold-Out Rules Leaflet
"This game is based on four of the books about the adventures of the "Five", and the pictures on the cards are all of exciting incidents from the books."
Each set has 8 cards and 1 specific Danger card. There are also 2 General Danger cards and 6 All Safe cards.
Yellow cards are from "Five on a Treasure Island", Blue cards from "Five go to Smuggler's Top", Purple from "Five go off in a Caravan" and Pink "Five get into Trouble.
The Famous Five 1st Edition of 1951 was reissued and redrawn for this 2nd Edition. A TV series, based on the books was produced by Southern for ITV in 1978 with a second series running in 1979. So the original Eileen A. Soper illustrations were replaced with ones that looked (a little) more like the TV actors. In effect the game was a TV tie-in but oddly there is no mention of Southern, or the series, on the box or in the rules.
In all there were 26 half-hour episodes of the TV series, they can be still be found today on streaming services. The clip below features clips from the programmes set to the Theme Song.
The backs of the cards and box have the mark © 1978 Darrell Waters Ltd. Darrell Waters Ltd was the company Enid Blyton formed with her second husband, Kenneth Darrell Waters, in around 1950. The purpose of the company was to coordinate her complex financial and literary affairs. Darrell Walters was not the illustrator, as is sometimes claimed.
The Enid Blyton Society have a copy of this game produced after T.J. & J. Smith bought Pepys from Castell Larby, the only visible difference is the substitution of their name for Castell Larby's in the rules, perhaps the T.J. & J. Smith box differs in some way too?
The 1st Edition of the game.
The 1st and 2nd Edition packs featured here were part of Rex Pitts' personal collection.
Game & Version Details
Famous Five (2nd Ed) - Card Back
Famous Five (2nd Ed) - Rules Front
The front cover of the rule book is the same as the 1st Edition. It has not been redrawn and does not match the card backs of the 2nd Edition.
Famous Five (2nd Ed) - Rules Back
Famous Five (2nd Ed) - Box Back
Famous Five (2nd Ed) - Box Top
Famous Five (2nd Ed) - Box Side Left
Famous Five (2nd Ed) - Box Base
Famous Five (2nd Ed) - Box Side Right
Famous Five (2nd Ed) - Box Back With Flap