Year: 1999
UK: Downtown Pictures
Cast: Anthony Way, Nigel Le Vaillant, Greta Scacchi, James Wilby, Florence Hoath, Caroline Carver, David Bradley, Arlene Cockburn, Liz Smith, Tom Bowles, Rory Jennings, Noah Huntley, Guy Witcher, Stuart Piper, Joan Plowright, Daniel Betts, Penelope Wilton, Laurel Melsom, Mel Martin, Nick Robinson, Robert Putt, Serena Gordon, Arthur Cox, Marlene Sidaway, Janet Willis
Director: Willard Carroll
Country: UK
UK: 107 mins
UK Certificate: PG contains very mild bad language and a mild sex reference
UK Release Date: 13 October 2000


Tom (Anthony Way), a 12 year old boy, is furious that he is being sent away for the summer to stay with his Aunt (Greta Scacchi) and Uncle (James Wilby) in their boring apartment because his brother, Peter, has measles. There is nothing to do there and no one to play with. Tom counts the days until he can return home to Peter. One night, unable to sleep, Tom hears the landlady's antique grandfather clock strike thirteen times. Tom is lead to the great hall, where the grandfather clock sits, to discover the beginning of a wonderful and magical secret that's almost too amazing to be true. But it is true and in the new world that Tom discovers is a special friend named Hatty, who leads him into a summer full of adventures.