The plot of one of the early Channel Four films is sweet and simple. Boy likes girl at school, but is too embarrassed to confront her. Alan relates everything to a running cricket commentary (provided superbly by John Arlott) right up to the will he, won't he finale, when he has to kiss Ann in a school play. Written by
Did You Know?
Miss Land (Alison Steadman
), when talking to the Headmaster (Robert Urquhart
) implies that they had a brief liaison which ended on "VJ Night". VJ Day was Victory over Japan Day, 15th August 1945, which had occurred after the first atomic bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. In real life, in 1952 Robert Urquhart appeared in a U.K. Government information film about what to do in the event of a nuclear war. See more
When Alan, Ann and Geoffrey walk home from school after rehearsing for the school play, the top deck of a modern (probably late 1970s) double-decker bus is visible at the far end of the alley. In the same scene, opposite the side-road that leads to the alley, is a modern Warboys-design (post-1964) "no cycling" sign. See more
[as he is walking to school, Alan flamboyantly bowls an imaginary cricket ball, and pulls a muscle. As he hops around in agony he sees two workmen watching him
Aaaargh! It's cramp! Bloody hell-fire and scrotums.
Millions of pounds on education.
It'll be with him living under the shadow of the Bomb, I expect.