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P'tang Yang Kipperbang
First broadcast on Channel4, 3rd November 1982.
The David Puttnam-produced First Love series generated a useful supply of stories for the newly launched Channel 4, all on the theme of young romance. The first film in the series, P'tang, Yang, Kipperbang, is a nostalgic story of adolescent love in the late 1940s, written by the celebrated Jack Rosenthal and drawing on his childhood memories. Transmitted on Channel 4's second night to enthusiastic reviews, it follows schoolboy Alan Duckworth (John Albasiny) as he dreams of England winning the Ashes and of kissing beautiful classmate Ann (Abigail Cruttenden). When Alan discovers he will star opposite Ann in the school play, he is filled with hope, but soon finds life is full of disappointment.
P'Tang, Yang, Kipperbang (the title stems from an invented expression which the boys use as a coded greeting and catchphrase) is a humorous drama, faithfully representing a postwar schoolboy's existence. There are some fine performances, particularly from Alison Steadman as a frustrated, strict schoolteacher, and the young players admirably convey the confusion, naivety, and sweaty palmed awkwardness of adolescence. The film leans towards sentimentality, however, and the coming-of-age message, suggesting inevitable disillusionment with one's dreams, seems more depressing than poignant. All of this backed with the device of John Arlot's voiceover cricket commentary, reflecting upon Alan's hopes and moods.
=== File Information ===
File Name: P'tang Yang Kipperbang (1982).avi
Duration: 01:16:34 (114,851 fr)
File Size: 698 MB (or 715,252 KB or 732,418,048 bytes) bytes
=== Video Information ===
Video Codec Name: XviD
Video Bitrate: 1136 kb/s
Bits / Pixel: 0.197 bits/pixel
Resolution: 576x400 (1.44:1) [=36:25]
=== Audio Information ===
Audio Codec: 0x0055(MP3) ID'd as MPEG-1 Layer 3
Audio Bitrate: 131 kb/s (65/ch, stereo) VBR LAME3.90
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