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School for Secrets
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  • Actors: Ralph Richardson, Richard Attenborough
  • Written, Produced & Directed: Peter Ustinov
  • Format: PAL, Black & White, Mono, Full Screen
  • Language: English

  • Region: Region 2 (UK & Europe)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 (Fullframe)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: DD Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 2006
  • Run Time: 102 minutes

    ‘This film celebrates one of Britain's greatest wartime achievements’ - DD HOME ENTERTAINMENT

School for Secrets tells the inside story of the ‘Boffins’ – Britain’s backroom boys – who developed the miracle discovery of radar and helped stave off the German invasion of Britain in 1940.

Five different scientists, led by Professor Heatherville (Ralph Richardson), are brought together and work in total secrecy under incredible pressure in a race against time to develop this vital weapon. Their dedication disrupts their family lives as they are forced to sacrifice everything to make the great breakthrough.

Their success is illustrated by the effect Radar has on the fighting abilities of the RAF over the skies of Britain in those crucial summer and autumn months of 1940. However, Germany is also planning its own Radar capability and British commandos must be dispatched to strike at a vital Nazi installation.

Written, produced and directed by Peter Ustinov and boasting a distinguished supporting cast including Richard Attenborough, David Tomlinson and John Laurie, this film celebrates one of Britain's greatest achievements.


Little extracts from Peter Ustinov's autobiography Dear Me give more on the film. Plenty more in the book. Text © Penguin.

Ustinov completed the script while stil technically in the army.

He met his first assistant, Michael Anderson, at the Army Kinematograph Service.

At the start of shooting Ralph Richardson was playing Falstaff at the Old Vic.


This is a watchable film though it could have been a masterpiece especially with the calibre of the cast which includes Raymond Huntley. The problem, for me, is it just doesn't make up its mind whether to be completely serious or not. So we have touches of light comedy & romance which just don't fit into the seriousness of the subject matter.

But it is stil worth watching. You get over 1 hour and 40 minutes of watching some of the greatest actors from the heyday of British cinema. I agree though that Richardson was the type of actor who you either loved for his eccentricity or he got on your nerves. Nothing in-between.

© Paul Page, 2017


Official UK release. 501932220811.

Price: £8.00 (UK Sterling) (UK Postage Inclusive)

Jan. 17: 1 back in stock. 'Used - very good'.


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