- Danny, the Champion of the World "is a 1989 film starring British Oscar-winning actor Jeremy Irons, with his son, Samuel Irons, in the title role. It is based on the 1975 novel of the same name by Roald Dahl, and tells of a father and son who conspire to thwart a local businessman's plans to buy their land by poaching his game pheasants. It was filmed on location in Oxfordshire, mostly at Stonor Park, Henley-on-Thames. The book is written in the style of a reflective memoir by an adult Danny, who the reader might presume grew up in 1950s or 1960s rural England: however, Chapter 6 of the book reveals that the period was in fact the 1970s, given that the 'Baby Austin' car that William and Danny were repairing was more than 40 years old, having been made in 1933. The film is set in 1955."