Bryan Forbes's Whistle Down the Wind is a beautifully crafted, gently moving allegorical, rural-set pseudo-fairy tale about the loss of innocence, featuring a pair of memorable performances from Hayley Mills and Alan Bates.
"A man (Alan Bates) on the run for murder hides out at a nearby barn. Through a series of bizarre twists he is discovered by three children (Hayley Mills, Diane Holgate and Alan Barnes), who believe they have stumbled across Jesus and attempt to keep him hidden from the grown-ups. Based on the novel by Hayley Mills's mother, Mary Hayley Bell." ITV