Title ID 8234Collection ID799
Date25 September 1988
Genre/TypeProfessionalTelevision companyInstitutionalNon-fictionActuality/Factual
ThemeUrban Life
KeywordsCharities Children Dance Education Farming Music Religious Activities Youth Youth Organizations
RegionalEast Sussex
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionITV Television South (TVS)
CameraNigel Roberts
DirectorJohn Barlow
ProducerExecutive producer: Bill Ward; Producer: Andrew Barr
Commissioning bodyITV; Television South (TVS)
LightingChris Letcher
SoundSteve Crisp
FormatColour Sound
Duration26min. 55sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


A broadcast recording with Harry Secombe presenting an edition of ITV's 'Highway' from the Pestalozzi village in Sedlescombe. He speaks to members of staff and children about life at Pestalozzi, introduces guest musicians and performs two songs in the grounds of the village.


Opening titles and theme music: "Highway". Children dance and play musical instruments. Close-up of Sedlescombe village sign. Sir Harry Secombe introduces the programme from the village green, shots of children learning bricklaying. Sir Harry Secombe is joined by children at the Pestalozzi village and presented with a scarf. He sings a hymn - All Things Bright and Beautiful in a field; close-up shots of flowers, sheep and countryside. Close-up of a map of Switzerland and still of Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi as he talks about the founding of Pestalozzi. Archive footage of children dancing and activities at Pestalozzi village in Trogen. Still aerial photo of Pestalozzi village at Sedlescombe, followed by an interview with the Warden, Alan Hatter. Thai children perform a native rice dance and are interviewed about their religion and life in Thailand. The St Philips choir perform a song in the Japanese water garden. Colin Hatlespence, Farm Manager shares a testimony with Sir Harry Secombe about his faith and how he came to work at Pestalozzi. Musicians, The Spinners perform a song following which Sir Harry Secombe talks to the group and introduces Sydney Carter who performs a song - One More Step. The Tibetan metalwork teacher talks about his work and Sir Harry Secombe interviews a boy making a dustbin rack. Shots of children in a school playground and praying in front of a shrine. Sir Harry Secombe sings a song in the village garden and in the living room accompanied by children relaxing. He concludes the programme and is presented by a flower garland by the children. Closing credits and theme music.