Bernard Kops wrote the script for this wistful portrayal of Jewish childhood in the East End in the 1930s, as seen through the eyes of Jewish tailor-turned-actor Alfred Maron. First broadcast on ITV in 1974, the film is a candid account of the trials and tribulations of growing up in poverty alongside the carefree joy of boyhood. Over 40 years after its making, and 80 years from the interwar period in which it is set, the film offers a taste of two distinctive eras of 20th century British life.