CAPTION: 'THE GOLDEN AGE OF BALLOONING'
CAPTION: 'EPISODE SIX: FERDINAND VON ZEPPELIN - PIONEER OF THE
(Cut to photo of family, group.)
1st Voice Over: Ferdinand von Zeppelin was born in
Constance in 1838, the brother of Barry Zeppelin, the least talented
of the fourteen Zeppelin brothers.
(Black and white film of Barry blowing up balloons of
increasing size. They all sink to the ground. The last one blows
back and inflates him (specially made balloon); he rises into the
(Cut to stock film of a zeppelin.)
1st Voice Over: Meanwhile for Ferdinand von Zeppelin, the
year 1908 was a year of triumph.
(Cut to interior of a zeppelin. A party. Expensively dressed
guests. Champagne. A palm court orchestra playing. Some guests
looking out of the windows in wonderment.)
Von Bulow: (approaching Zeppelin) Herr Zeppelin -
it's wonderful! It's put ballooning right back on the map.
(Zeppelin goes instantly berserk with anger.)
Zeppelin: It's not a balloon! D'you hear?... It's not a
balloon ... It's an airship ... an airship ... d'you hear?
(He hits him very hard on the top of the head with the
underside of his fist.)
Von Bulow: Well, it's very nice anyway.
Tirpitz: (to Zeppelin) Tell me, what is the
principle of these balloons?
Zeppelin: It's not a balloon! You stupid little
thick-headed Saxon git! It's not a balloon! Balloons is for kiddy-winkies.
If you want to play with balloons, get outside.
(Drags Tirpitz over to the door, opens it and flings him out
into the clouds.)
(Cut to an old German couple in a cottage. The man is reading
from a big book, the lady is knitting. The man is in underpants.
There are a pair of lederhosen drying in front of the fire.)
Helmut: (reading) Yorkshire ... pudding. A type of
thick pancake, eaten with large ...
(Roof splitting noise. A thump and the house shakes. They both
look up. Cut back to the airship. The party is still going on.)
Hollweg: I hear you are to name the balloon after
Zeppelin: (flying into hysterical rage) Bismarck?
Of course I'm not calling it after Bismarck. It's a zeppelin. It's
nothing to do with bloody Bismarck!
Hollweg: Surely he gave you some money for it?
Zeppelin: Get outside!
(He opens the door and flings Hollweg out. Cut back to the old
couple in the cottage.)
Helmut: Za... bag... lione... a sort of cream mouse...
mousse of Italian origin...
(Roof splintering noise. A thump and the house shakes. Cut
back to the airship. A little cluster of people round the door. The
party is still going on but there is a little tension in the
Von Bulow: Ferdinand... that was a Minister of State you
just threw out of the balloon.
Zeppelin: It's not a balloon! It's an airship!
Von Bulow: All right, I'm sorry.
Zeppelin: All right - go and have a look! (he throws
the protesting Von Bulow out) And you!
(Animation of several men being thrown from airship.)
Helmut: Zu... cchin... ni ... Italian... ma... flows...
(splintering crash, thump, the home shakes) Zingara... A garnish
of finely chopped ... or shredded lean ham ... (splintering
crash, thump, the house shakes) ... tongue ... (another
splintering crash, thump, the house shakes) ... mushrooms and
truffles. (same again) ... Zakuski. A Russian ... hors
d'oeuvre ... (a very load splintering crash, thump and the house
shudders; Mrs. Halrout stops knitting and crosses the room to the
door and into the next room, where the sounds are coming flora)
With tiny pieces of sliced...
Mrs. Helmut: (looking in the other room) Oh, look!
It's the Chancellor!
(Helmut's hand immediately goes to his tie. He half makes to
Helmut: What? Prince Von Bulow? Here?
Mrs. Helmut: Ja!
Helmut: Coming here?
Mrs. Helmut: No - he is here.
Helmut: (jumping to his feet) Oh, I must go and put
my old uniform on.
Mrs. Helmut: He won't notice, Helmut. He's dead.
Helmut: Dead? Here?
Mrs. Helmut: Ja. In our sitting room.
Helmut: This is our sitting room, dear.
Mrs. Helmut: well, you know what I mean.
Helmut: (waving his finger at her) The drawing
Mrs. Helmut: Yes ... but it's a kind of sitting room.
Helmut: (doubtfully) Well...
Mrs. Helmut: Look!
(She opens the door wider to reveal heap of about ten bodies
in the other room. There is dust rising from them and a big hole in
the ceiling. Helmut goes to the door.)
Helmut: Which one is Von Bulow?
(They walk round the pile. Mrs. Helmut looks at a few bodies
and then points.)
Mrs. Helmut: Here ... look!
Helmut: Oh, ja ... and Admiral Tirpitz!
(They are both momentarily overawed.)
Mrs. Helmut: Ja.
Helmut: And Von Muller... and Herr Reichner... and Hollweg
and Von Graunberg...
Mrs. Helmut: That isn't Graunberg - that's Graunberg...
das ist Moltke...
(She lifts the body's head up by the hair as it's facing
Helmut: He's a lot older than I thought.
Mrs. Helmut: He's a clever man, ja.
Helmut: ... and Zimmermann ... and Kimpte...
Mrs. Helmut: What shall we do, Helmut?
Helmut: We must ring the Government.
Mrs. Helmut: This is the Government, Helmut.
Helmut: Oh dear.
Mrs. Helmut: It is a great honor to have so many members
of the Government dead in our sitting room.
Helmut: Drawing room.
Mrs. Helmut: Ja, well...
Helmut: There are no members of the Government dead in our
Mrs. Helmut: Ja, you know what I mean.
Helmut: Perhaps I should make a little speech or
Mrs. Helmut: Not a speech, Helmut no...
Helmut: Shall we make them a cup of tea?
Mrs. Helmut: It would be a waste of tea.
Helmut: But we must do something - so many important
people in our drawing room - we must do something.
(They think for a little while.)
Mrs. Helmut: We could sort them out.
Helmut: And make a little list.
Mrs. Helmut: Ja, ja. We could put the ministers for
internal affairs over against the wall, and those for foreign here
by the clock.
Helmut: And we can sort them out alphabetically?
Mrs. Helmut: Nein, nein - just put the cleanest by the
(They start to hump the corpses around. Helmut starts to hump
Von Bulow towards the clock.)
Mrs. Helmut: No, no! That's Von Bulow! He must go over
Helmut: That is my reading chair.
Mrs. Helmut: He is the Reich Chancellor of Germany,
(Helmut starts to take him towards the reading chair.)
Helmut: All right ... but I think he would have been
better up against the clock, you know.
Mrs. Helmut: No, he would not look nice under the clock.
Helmut: I did not say under the clock. I said against the
Mrs. Helmut: Well then we could not see the clock!
Helmut: We could put the Minister for Colonies under the
clock. He's small.
Mrs. Helmut: No. Colonies are internal affairs. He must go
against the wall. (Helmut lifts up the head of another corpse)
(Helmut starts to drag him over to the wall.)
Helmut: Soon we shall be able to make a list.
Mrs. Helmut: Ja, is, wait a minute! ... Who's that by the
Helmut: I don't know. I've never seen him before.
Mrs. Helmut: He is not a member of the Government. Get him
out of here. Put him in the drawing room.
Helmut: He's in the drawing room, my dear.
Mrs. Helmut: Ja, well you know what I mean.
Helmut: Put him in the sitting room.
Mrs. Helmut: Ja, in, the sitting room, it's all the same.
Helmut: You can put him in the sitting room if he's in the
(Cut to stock film of the zeppelin.)
1st Voice Over: Count Ferdinand Von Zeppelin's behavior on
that flight in 1900 had incredible, far-reaching consequences, for
one of the falling Ministers (cut to an old Edwardian photo of a
German minister) the talented Herr Von Maintlitz, architect of
the new Geman expansionist farm policy, fell on top of an old lady
(old Edwardian photo of an elderly lady) in Nimwegen, killing
her outright. Her daughter, Alice (old Edwardian photo of
attractive young girl in the nude) suffered severe cerebral
damage from the talented minister's (picture of Maintlitz again)
heavy briefcase (Edwardian photo of a brief case) but was
nursed back to life (another Edwardinn erotic postcard) by an
English doctor, Henderson. (a Muybridge photo of a nude man)
Eventually, they married (Edwardian nude couple) and their
eldest son, George Henderson ... (1930s nude man) was the
father of Mike Henderson... (health and efficiency nudist camp
group photo; a figure at the back is arrowed) producer and
director of 'The Golden Age of Ballooning'.
(ANIMATION: balloons as before.)
SUPERIMPOSED CAPTION: 'GOLDEN AGE OF BALLOONING'
(Pointed surgical instruments fly on in formation and puncture
SUPERIMPOSED CAPTION: THE GOLDEN YEARS OF COLONIC IRRIGATION'
(Cut to black.)
2nd Voice Over: Mr. and Mrs. Rita Trondheim; Reginald
Bosankway, who would be next to Norway in a rhyming dictionary, if
it included proper names, and if he pronounced his name like that.
(Cut to a Victorian couple in the countryside.)
SUPERIMPOSED CAPTION: 'THE MILL ON THE FLOSS'
SUPERIMPOSED CAPTION: 'PART I: BALLOONING'
(The couple rise slowly in the air. Fade out.)