Nostalgia is a powerful agent in cinema, no more so than in Waris Hussein’s 1971 warm depiction of puppy love and school-daze larks, Melody. Forced by his mother to join the Boys’ Brigade to “meet people from different backgrounds,” middle-class Daniel (Mark Lester) strikes a warm-hearted but rough friendship with Ornshaw (Jack Wild – reuniting after starring in not dissimilar roles in 1968’s Oliver!) Their friendship is threatened, however, when Daniel develops a crush on the eponymous Melody (Tracy Hyde), with whom he wastes no time in proposing to after being in love with her “for a whole week.”

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