Stage and recording star Dennis Lotis shares with us his home, his hobbies and his family.
Mill Hill, London.
Exterior. M/S of "stage and recording star" Dennis Lotis digging in his garden. C/U of a fork being driven into the ground. C/U of Dennis smoking a pipe. M/S of Dennis as he straightens, throws the fork down and marches towards his house. M/S of Dennis walking towards the front door, tilt down to Dennis's wellington boots as he removes them and skips into the house. C/U of a glass house sign above the door that reads 'Denree', after Dennis and his wife, Rena.
Interior. M/S of a chair in the corner of Dennis' study. Dennis sits down and looks at his collection of pipes. M/S of Dennis admiring an unusual shaped pipe. He places the pipe on the table and picks up a small round pipe with a long tube attached. He places the tube in his mouth and pretends to smoke it. C/U of Dennis' hand placing the round pipe on top of one of his own records, titled 'How About You?'. Dennis picks up another pipe shaped to look like a comical face. C/U of two racks of Dennis' pipes. The narrator explains that Dennis has over 200 hundred pipes - some gifts from fans, some rare exhibits - "like many other stars he has developed a couple of hobbies to offset the nervous strain and demands of show business". Dennis picks his favourite pipe from the rack - a gift from his wife. C/U of Dennis lighting his pipe and smiling off camera. C/U of a rack of pipes on the wall, tilt up to show the Royal Invitation to appear at the London Palladium. C/U of the invitation.
Exterior. M/S of a turquoise bubble car pulling up outside Dennis' house. The front of the car opens and Dennis' wife and two sons get out. M/S of Rena and the boys walking up the garden path to the front door.
Interior. M/S of Dennis sitting in his study. Rena enters at gives him a kiss and nods her head towards the living room. M/S of the living room. The boys are playing with a train set. Dennis made his first stage appearance aged of nine in a talent show in South Africa. He left school at 15 and became a bus conductor. M/S of Rena helping Dennis out of his chair, they walk off holding hands. Dennis and Rena join their sons. Top shot of the family playing with the train set - "despite his success Dennis has remained first and foremost a family man and playing with his sons and their train set is one of his greatest pleasures". M/S of Dennis and his eldest son, Damon, operating the train controls. M/S of Rena and the younger son playing with the signals. C/U of the toy train passing over a crossing, past an array of matchbox cars. C/U of the younger son watching the trains. C/U of Dennis laughing. Various C/Us of Dennis and his youngest son laughing. C/U of Dennis' hands operating the controls. C/U of the younger son watching the train crashing.
M/S of Rena sitting in front of the fire, looking through a pile of letters on her lap. Dennis joins her. He takes a seat and strokes an Alsatian puppy, Astra, lying by the fire. Dennis takes a large book from the fireplace and leans on it as he signs photographs for his fans (he signs about 800 a week). Rena leans over and reads something from one of the letters. C/U of Astra. C/U of Dennis' face as he signs the photos. C/U of Rena. C/U of the photos.
Panning shot of "over thirty" various sweaters draped over a sofa sent to Dennis by his fans. M/S of Rena and Dennis sitting by the fire. The two boys enter dressed in their dressing gowns and sit at their parents and pet the dog.