Could we see in this, a hint of the Scott genius that was to come?
Morale at Rediffusion TV must have been at an all time low when this production was made?, they had lost their broadcasting franchise and would be off the air within a year of this being transmitted, and Ridley Scott would be off into the world of commercials. This did not seem to distract them from the job in hand of producing quality drama, and the ' Half Hour Story ' series was one of them. This may have also given Ridley Scott an early opportunity to escape directing (until then) his usual multi electronic camera studio set ups and work on location with the humble single camera?. Combine this with experienced script writer Jeremy Paul adapting for television consumption, a strange tale from the often unique writings of Stanley Ellin and you have the recipe for a compelling piece of television.
It was compelling and disturbing in 1967,because school pupils just did not behave like that. Obviously time and school behaviour have moved on, and this has not been seen for decades. So whether it now smells of cheese or has stood the test of time with a hint of the Scott genius to come, would be interesting to know?
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