Geordie MacTaggart (played by Paul Young as a child and Bill Travers as an adult) spends his Highland childhood regretting he is so small – but after secretly enrolling in Professor Sampson’s Physical Culture bodybuilding course by correspondence, his prowess as an athlete becomes astonishing.
When he displays a talent for hammer-throwing, he is selected to represent Great Britain in the 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne, Australia.
Alastair Sim is hilarious as the Laird (the owner of the estate where Geordie works as a gamekeeper) with a crotchety exterior and a heart of gold and Francis De Wolff is wonderful as Professor Henry Sampson. Norah Gorsen plays Geordie’s childhood sweetheart, Jean Donaldson.
This wonderful low-key comedy – beautifully photographed against a Scottish landscape of hills, streams and glens – was released in some markets as Wee Geordie.
Professor Henry Sampson
Francis De Wolff
Harley (Olympic selector)
Rawlins (Olympic selector)