Alan Duckworth (known as 'Quack Quack' to his friends) is a socially awkward fourteen-year-old who is obsessed with cricket and Ann Lawton, a girl in his class. Alan daydreams throughout his day, showing up late for school and making little academic progress. He becomes friends with the groundsman Tommy, whom he sees as some sort of war hero. Alan often follows Tommy around, telling him how Tommy helped to win the war, while making predictions about what the post-war world will be like. Among other things, Alan predicts that there will be no more wars, everyone will speak Esperanto and everyone, regardless of race or creed, will have a Teasmade.
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Writer Jack Rosenthal
wrote the film partially based on his childhood memories of growing up during the post-war era of the 1940s. 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
When I walk past your desk, I breathe in on purpose to smell your skin. It's the most beautiful smell there is.
It's only Yardley's.