Title ID 8681Collection ID799
TitleBBC Panorama Programme
Date[ca. early 1960s?]
Genre/TypeProfessionalTelevision companyInstitutionalNon-fictionCommunity
KeywordsBroadcasting Children Christmas Performing Arts Religious Festivals Youth Youth Organizations
RegionalEast Sussex
NationalEngland United Kingdom Asia Africa
ProductionBBC Television
FormatBlack & White Sound
Duration45min. 30sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


A Christmas episode of BBC Panorama which includes a feature on the Pestalozzi village at Sedlescombe in East Sussex. The presenter, Richard Dimbleby, visits the village where he meets Pestalozzi staff and students who are preparing for their Christmas production.


[34min. 12sec.] The Pestalozzi feature (which forms part of this edition of Panorama) is introduced by presenter Richard Dimbleby from a television studio. Boys at the Pestalozzi village are seen carrying a fir tree across a field. [Children sing]. Dimbleby introduces the Pestalozzi village; the narration is accompanied by shots of some of the national houses. Inside, the children are seen applying makeup and getting ready for their Christmas production. Robin Peverret and Dimbleby stand in the new common room of the new international house (the first on the Pestalozzi site). Workmen are seen constructing the new house; the interview addresses how the national and international houses operate, where the children come from, their integration and the numbers of children at Pestalozzi. The children preparing for the production are seen waving out of the classroom window at the boys who have collected the fir tree. The children gather around a piano and sing a song whilst the tree is being put up in the background. Dimbleby interviews some of the children who are gathered around him; they politely answer his questions about their nationalities and their involvement in the Christmas production. Shots of children painting the stage sets building scenery and practising [piano music plays]. One of the girls explains the part she plays in the production. The children are seen putting on their costumes; the narrator talks about their home countries. Shots of more scenes from the production accompanied by piano music. The children sing silent night in different languages. Dimbleby concludes the programme from Pestalozzi village. [Credits roll]. The children continue to perform their song.