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A Hundred Years of Humphrey Hastings: or Life with a Practical Father: Part 1: 1867 - More Steam

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Written by Richard Wade
starring DUDLEY FOSTER as Humphrey Hastings
FRANCES BENNETT as Emily Hastings
Designers, Martin Johnson, Roger Murray-Leach
Produced by RAMSAY SHORT Directed by PETER R. SMITH
First shown on BBC-2
'The series is a collectors' piece in a way, for it carries out a splendid idea with endearing simplicity. They could move the whole thing to children's TV without changing a comma.' So wrote Daily Mail critic Peter Black last December.
And about a hundred days after they were first seen on BBC-2 four of the episodes will be shown specially for children.
Humphrey Hastings is not the easiest man to live with. Most of his family would agree that his skill as an inventor and amateur scientist is sometimes overshadowed by his wild enthusiasm.
But what takes place in the Hastings' Twickenham house did happen-or at least could have done so. Most of the machines he uses are real, those which are not have been built from original plans by the BBC's Visual Effects Department. Among them-a nine-foot airship, an ancient telegraph, even a hang-glider.
It makes an intriguing series: and there is a splendid performance from Dudley Foster who plays four generations of Humphrey.

Contributors

Written By: Richard Wade
Designer: Martin Johnson
Designer: Roger Murray-Leach
Produced by: Ramsay Short
Directed by: Peter R. Smith
Humphrey Hastings: Dudley Foster
Emily Hastings: Frances Bennett
Major Wilson: John Wentworth
Cook: Lala Lloyd
Polly: Yvonne Antrobus
Edward Hastings: David Selwyn
Caroline Hastings: Brenda Bodman

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A Hundred Years of Humphrey Hastings: or Life with a Practical Father: Part 1: 1867 - More Steam

BBC One London, 2 April 1968 17.15






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