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"BBC2 Play of the Week" On Giant's Shoulders (1979)

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Marjorie Wallace (book) and
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Original Air Date:
28 March 1979 (Season 2, Episode 12)
Len and Hazel Wiles, a middle-aged childless couple who live on a remote farm, decide to adopt a coloured boy... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Very moving ... See more (4 total) »


 (Episode Cast) (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Judi Dench ... Hazel Wiles

Bryan Pringle ... Len Wiles
Terry Wiles ... Himself
Hilda Braid ... Sister Page

Barbara Young ... 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
Sally Watkins ... Washer-Up
Maria St. Clare ... Girl at Nurseries
Elizabeth Morgan ... Registrar
Charles Pemberton ... Employment Clerk
Nigel Nevinson ... Young Teacher
John Muirhead ... Photographer
Wilfred Grove ... Bailiff
Derek Seaton ... Local Reporter
Terence Davies ... Fire Officer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ian Ellis ... Hospital Orderly (uncredited)

Laurie Goode ... Hospital Orderly (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Anthony Simmons 
Writing credits
Marjorie Wallace (book) and
Michael Robson (book)

William Humble (dramatised by) and
Anthony Simmons (dramatised by)

Produced by
Mark Shivas .... producer
Cinematography by
Peter Bartlett (photography)
Film Editing by
Dan Rae 
Production Design by
Raymond Cusick 
Costume Design by
Amy Roberts 
Makeup Department
Pauline Cox .... makeup artist
Sound Department
Roger Davies .... dubbing editor
Ron Edmonds .... dubbing mixer
Spencer Michael .... sound recordist
Mike Savage .... sound recordist
Camera and Electrical Department
Nat Crosby .... additional photography
Ian Punter .... additional photography
Other crew
Christopher Cameron .... production team
Alex Gohar .... production team
Jennifer Hammond .... production team
Tom Kingdon .... production team
Peter Stenning .... production team
Dorothy Steves .... dog trainer
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

90 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

The title is taken from a quotation by George Herbert (1593-1633): "A Dwarf on Giant's shoulders sees farther of the two".See more »


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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Very moving ..., 14 January 2007
Author: sand143-2 from United States

This was a very moving film. The star of the film is Terry Wiles, a thalidomide baby abandoned by his Mother and adopted by a very caring, older couple. It was inspiring to see Terry Wiles overcome such a difficult disability. It certainly makes you count your blessings.

Dame Judy Dench is such an amazing actress.

I would like to buy a copy of this film, but have been searching and it is apparently not available. I contacted the BBC in UK, but it is not (yet) available for purchase on their site.

If anyone has a copy and would like to sell it, or a copy of it, let me know.

Thank you.

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