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?
The meaning and relevance of the "P'tang, Yang, Kipperbang" phrase of the film's title is that it is a group of words which are used by Alan Duckworth (John Albasiny
) and the members of his school gang as a secret password. See more
When Alan, Ann and Geoffrey walk home from school after rehearsing for the school play, the top deck of a modern (probably 1970s vintage) 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
[the boys are playing an impromptu game of cricket on waste ground next to the canal. Alan hits the ball for six... into the canal
You stupid bugger.
It's in the bloody canal, you berk. If it sinks, you're out.
We'll have to move that canal!
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