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
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The internal thoughts of Alan Duckworth (John Albasiny
) were voiced by real-life BBC Radio cricket broadcaster and commentator John Arlott
and were delivered in the style of a real life cricket match commentary. 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
[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!