BBC2 Play of the Week: Season 2, Episode 12

On Giant's Shoulders (28 Mar. 1979)

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Len and Hazel Wiles, a middle-aged childless couple who live on a remote farm, decide to adopt a coloured boy, Terry, who has no limbs because of the effects of Thalidomide. They encounter ... See full summary »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Bryan Pringle ...
Len Wiles
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Hazel Wiles
Terry Wiles ...
Himself
Hilda Braid ...
Sister Page
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Teacher at Hospital
Tim Wylton ...
Len Curry
Tony Church ...
Hospital Administrator
Anthony Heaton ...
Limb Technician
Anna Wing ...
Mrs. Proctor
Jean Rimmer ...
Miss Hudson
Frank Barrie ...
Solicitor
Charles West ...
Judge
Annabel Leventon ...
Journalist
Barbara Keogh ...
Café Cashier
Elizabeth Hunt ...
Customer
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Len and Hazel Wiles, a middle-aged childless couple who live on a remote farm, decide to adopt a coloured boy, Terry, who has no limbs because of the effects of Thalidomide. They encounter a great deal of resistance and scepticism from their friends and neighbours. Terry Wiles plays himself in this play. Written by Anonymous

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Powerful, moving story
20 December 2000 | by (Bloomington IN; USA) – See all my reviews

This is a compelling story which takes place in Britain, where a thalidomide child, of a black Jamaican - white Briton couple, is dumped into a home for unwanted children. A local couple tries to adopt him, which gets bureaucrats involved. We see people ignored, feel sorry for themselves, be impatient, deal with social prejudices, etc. Very well done. I wish it was available in VHS or DVD format.


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