Narrow Escapes
"Wimp! Boy's yellow, that's his trouble."
Episode Information
Series 2
Episode No. 9 (22 overall)
UK Airdate 4 March 1994
Written by Valerie Georgeson
Episode Chronology
Preceded by Like Father, Like Son
Succeeded by Shadows

Narrow Escapes is the ninth episode of the second series of The Animals of Farthing Wood. It was originally broadcast in the UK on 4 March 1994.


A badly injured Bold shelters in a bush, where he meets Crow again. After finding out that Bold is the son of the legendary Farthing Fox, Crow takes pity on him and goes to find Shadow the badger.

In White Deer Park, the foxes prepare for the fact that Scarface will be out for revenge, if he suspects that Bounder's death was anything to do with them. They organise patrols to keep watch, and Charmer eagerly volunteers to go first. The weasels, realising they are in trouble for giving Adder the wrong message, spend all day hiding from Whistler, who is out looking for them. In Scarface's den, Scarface vows to get revenge on the Farthing foxes, while Ranger tries to persuade him that it's the snake that killed Bounder that they should be looking for. Scarface laughs at Ranger's suggestion that they should make peace with the Farthing foxes. Adder is laying low by the pond, and starving herself to save venom. She's after Scarface now.

While Charmer is on patrol, she once again meets Ranger, but they are caught by Friendly. It looks as if the two male foxes are going to fight, but Charmer persuades Ranger to leave. "So this is how you guard your family!" says Friendly to his sister, "wait till father hears about this". On the way back to his own land, Ranger spots Adder asleep by the pond, and rushes home to tell his father. Scarface catches Adder unawares. She dives into a hole in the bank, but Scarface grabs her tail. After a tussle, Adder ends up losing the end of her tail in Scarface's mouth, but at least she is safe in the hole. Scarface vows to wait until she gives herself up.

Shadow brings Bold some food. Crow has told her who Bold's father is. Bold realises he will never get away from his famous father. After a sleep, Bold feels a bit stronger. Bold tells Crow he hates being dependant on him and Shadow, and is determined to fend for himself. Bold arrives at a farm and tries to attack the chicken coop, with no success. The farmer and his dog chase after Bold, but he manages to escape into a hole. That evening Crow finds him, and suggests Bold try the town, where he can scavenge. Bold sets off towards the town.


Series and Episodes
Series 1 (1993) • Series 2 (1994) • Series 3 (1995)
Series 1 episodes (1993)
The Wood in DangerThe Journey BeginsThrough Fire and Through WaterFalse HavenSnare for the UnwaryWho Shall Wear the Crown?New Friends, Old EnemiesFriends in NeedWhistler's QuarryBetween Two EvilsA Deathly CalmPandemoniumSo near and yet so far...
Series 2 episodes (1994)
A Heroes' WelcomeWinterSurvivalNew EnemiesA Joke BackfiresHome Is Where the Heart IsThe Feud BeginsLike Father, Like SonNarrow EscapesShadowsA Time of ReckoningBlood Is Thicker Than WaterReconciliation
Series 3 episodes (1995)
Comings and GoingsOut and AboutWater, WaterThe Missing Fox's FriendTiffs and TempersAdventure for the BirdsThe Long-Tailed VisitorScared Silly by SnakesA Bigger OinkThe Mole GameThe Worst Kind of HurricaneHomeward BoundBully-Bully-Bully