Chocky is a science fiction
story by John Wyndham
, first published as a novelette
in the March 1963 issue of Amazing Stories
and later developed into a novel in 1968 by Michael Joseph.
produced a radio adaption by John Tydeman in 1967. In 1984 a children's television drama based on the novel was shown on ITV
in the UK
Many children have imaginary friends but one father becomes rather concerned that his son, Matthew, is a bit old to have one. His concerns deepen as his son becomes increasingly distressed and blames it on arguments with this unseen companion. As the story unfolds, it becomes clear that the friend is far from imaginary, but is an alien consciousness communicating with Matthew's mind—a fact that is of intense interest to shadowy government forces. Chocky reveals that it is a scout sent from its home planet (where there is only one sex) in search of new planets to colonise. Chocky, talking "through" Matthew, to his father, David Gore, explains that in saving Matthew from a recent accident it has violated the rules of its scout mission (interfering with events on Earth) and must end its link with him completely. Its further work on Earth will be conducted in a much more covert manner.
The 1984 children's TV series' Chocky, Chocky's Children and Chocky's Challenge, were based on the 1968 novel. They were written by Anthony Read and produced by Thames Television. The main character Matthew was played by Andrew Ellams and Glynis Brooks played the haunting voice of Chocky.
released the first series of Chocky on DVD on 22 March 2010. The 2nd series, Chocky's Children, on 21 June 2010. The 3rd series,Chocky's Challenge, was released on 23 August 2010