This film is part of Free

A Boy Goes Cycling

Pedal power saves a dad's day in this colourful cycling safety film set in a sunny 60s South East London.

Amateur film 1963 15 mins


You can almost smell the chalk dust and hot asphalt in this colourful film about two schoolboys, who take their cycling proficiency test so they can cycle safely to school from their homes in South East London. Helped by some very-60s visual aids - dummy road signs, a slide show and a real-life policeman - the lads pass with flying colours and get dad out of a fix with a broken-down motor.

The wry commentary is spoken by Johnny Morris, a popular mainstay of children's television from the 60s to the 80s, who became famous for his role as the zookeeper and 'voice' of the animals in the long-running BBC series Animal Magic.