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Man Alive: Should Go Far


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Reporters: Jeremy James, Jeanne la Chard, John Pitman, Jack Pizzey, Desmond Wilcox, Harold Williamson

"You can't put talented children in the same category as others. They have to give up so much to achieve their ambitions. It's a terrible dedication."
So says the music professor teaching 11-year-old Alison Baker, a would-be concert pianist who has sacrificed the life of a normal child in order to become a star. John Pitman talks to three talented children - Alison and two 12-year-olds: Craig Maitland who wants to be a champion skater and Fiona Coull who wants to be an Olympic swimmer.
All three are completely dedicated and have great potential. But, as the experts point out, talent in children so young can burn itself out. And not for some years will they know whether the price they are paying is going to be worth it in the end.


Reporter: Harold Williamson
Producer: James Kenelm Clarke
Editor: Adam Clapham

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Man Alive: Should Go Far

BBC Two England, 19 December 1974 22.20

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