Duration: 30 minutes

First transmitted in 1960, this film was written and directed by Ken Russell for the BBC. It follows the bohemian lifestyles of the tenants of an old London house in Bayswater and its housekeeper, Mrs Collings. The blend of documentary style filming, colourful anecdotes and stylised sequences produces a highly evocative and entertaining film as well as an early example of Ken Russell’s distinctive approach to film making.

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Tue 25 Jun 1968 22:25 BBC One

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    Although not mentioned in the actual film, Ken Russell had previously lived in this house which was about to be demolished to make way for an office block. David Hurn, one of the tenants featured in the film, went on to become a distinguished documentary photographer and a member of Magnum.
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Ken Russell
John Ray
Allan Tyrer
Sound Recordist
David Ziegler
John Hotchkis


  • Fri 26 Aug 1960 21:00 BBC Television Service

  • Tue 25 Jun 1968 22:25 BBC One

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