Title ID 1486Collection ID323
TitleTable Manners
CollectionBurwood Park School
Genre/TypeAmateurIndependent AmateurEducationalFictionNon-fictionPromotional/PublicityDocu-Drama
ThemePublic Services
KeywordsSchools Children Food Interiors Disabled Persons
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionBurwood Park School
CameraAndrew Brown
ProducerAndrew Brown
ParticipantsTimothy Humpherson, Aln McKee, Brian McGrath, Jeremy Morgan, Conrad Kiel (prefect), Craig Rayment, Tony Rowley [?], Simon Spear (pupils)
FormatColour Silent
Duration3 min. 43 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


Pupils at Burwood Park School for the Deaf in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, produce a fiction film about poor table manners at breakfast.


'This was the most popular film of all! The boy's table manners were not always impeccable, so this film was made, supposedly to demonstrate how NOT to behave at the table. Perhaps it was enjoyed more than it should have been...'

Cutlery is laid out on a school table, arranged to spell out the title of the film. Boys sit at a table, leaning over each other to reach the butter and combing their hair at the table. Some of the boys wear hearing aids. They eat from the table and their hands, stand up, shouting and waving their arms around, yawn at the table, pour too much tea into a cup, blow their nose at the table, push each other and scramble for pieces of toast when a plate arrives on the table. After each shot intertitles read 'You?' and 'Is this you?' The table is seen, littered with dirty crockery, after the boys have left.


A colour still image taken from TID 1486, showing two boys sat at a table dressed in school uniform. The boys sit ready for breakfast, as one pours his tea from a metal tea pot, holding the tea pot in the air above his head between them. The other boys watches him.A colour still image taken from TID 1486, showing a boy sat at a table resting his head on his right elbow, whilst eating at an angle over his plate. The table is laden with crockery.