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Play for Today resource

 

Introductory Essay * Episode List Part 1: 1970-76 * Episode List Part 2: 1977-84 * Essay List

Content Editors: Dave Rolinson and John Williams

 

Episode List Part 1: 1970-76

[n/e] indicates that no recording exists in the archives [this is currently only noted in the years 1970 and 1971]

[C] denotes that this play was made by Canadian television

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Title

Writer

Director

Broadcast

1970

The Long Distance Piano Player

Alan Sharp

Philip Saville

15 Oct 1970

The Right Prospectus

John Osborne

Alan Cooke

22 Oct 1970

The Largest Theatre in the World - The Lie

Ingmar Bergman

Alan Bridges

29 Oct 1970

Angels Are So Few

Dennis Potter

Gareth Davies

05 Nov 1970

The Write-Off [C]

George Salverson

Rudi Dorin

12 Nov 1970 [n/e]

I Can't See My Little Willie

Douglas Livingstone

Alan Clarke

19 Nov 1970 [n/e]

A Distant Thunder

Maurice Edelman, MP

James Ferman

26 Nov 1970 [n/e]

Hearts and Flowers

Peter Nichols

Christopher Morahan

03 Dec 1970

Robin Redbreast

John Bowen

James MacTaggart

10 Dec 1970

The Hallelujah Handshake

Colin Welland

Alan Clarke

17 Dec 1970

1971

Alma Mater

David Hodson

James Ferman

07 Jan 1971 [n/e]

Circle Line

W. Stephen Gilbert

Claude Whatham

14 Jan 1971 [n/e]

Hell's Angel

'David Agnew'

Alan Cooke

21 Jan 1971 [n/e]

The Piano

Julia Jones

James Cellan Jones

28 Jan 1971

Billy's Last Stand

Barry Hines

John Glenister

04 Feb 1971 [n/e]

The Largest Theatre in the World - The Rainbirds

Clive Exton

Philip Saville

11 Feb 1971

Reddick [C]

Munroe Scott

Mervyn Rosenzveig

18 Feb 1971 [n/e]

The Foxtrot

Rhys Adrian

Philip Saville

29 Apr 1971

When the Bough Breaks

Tony Parker

James Ferman

06 May 1971

Orkney: A Time to Keep/The Whaler's Return/Celia

George Mackay Brown adapted by John McGrath

James MacTaggart

13 May 1971

The Rank and File

Jim Allen

Kenneth Loach

20 May 1971

The Man in the Sidecar

Simon Gray

James MacTaggart

27 May 1971 [n/e]

Everybody Say Cheese

Douglas Livingstone

Alan Clarke

03 Jun 1971 [n/e]

Traitor

Dennis Potter

Alan Bridges

14 Oct 1971

Edna, The Inebriate Woman

Jeremy Sandford

Ted Kotcheff

21 Oct 1971

Evelyn

Rhys Adrian

Piers Haggard

28 Oct 1971

O Fat White Woman

William Trevor

Philip Saville

04 Nov 1971

Thank You Very Much

N. F. Simpson

Clark Whatham

11 Nov 1971

Michael Regan

Robert Holles

John Gorrie

18 Nov 1971 [n/e]

Skin Deep

Michael O' Neill and Jeremy Seabrook

Michael Lindsay-Hogg

25 Nov 1971 [n/e]

Pal

Alun Owen

Silvio Narizzano

02 Dec 1971 [n/e]

The Pigeon Fancier

Peter Hankin

James Ferman

09 Dec 1971

During 1971, the following plays from other strands were repeated under the Play for Today banner:

No Trams to Lime Street [The Wednesday Play]

Alun Owen, Marty Wilde, Ronnie Scott

Piers Haggard

11 Mar 1971

Mad Jack [The Wednesday Play]

Tom Clarke

Jack Gold

18 Mar 1971

Scenes from Family Life [Plays of Today]

Barry Bermange

Naomi Capon

25 Mar 1971

Wind versus Polygamy [Theatre 625]

Obi Egbuna

Naomi Capon

01 Apr 1971

Playmates [The Wednesday Play]

 

 

08 Apr 1971

Sovereign's Company [The Wednesday Play]

Don Shaw

Alan Clarke

15 Apr 1971

The Season of the Witch [The Wednesday Play]

Desmond McCarthy, Johnny Byrne

Desmond McCarthy

22 Apr 1971

The Cellar and the Almond Tree [not listed as such but part of repeat run] [The Wednesday Play]

David Mercer

Alan Bridges

10 Jun 1971

The Italian Table [The Wednesday Play]

William Trevor

Herbert Wise

17 Jun 1971

There is Also Tomorrow [The Wednesday Play]

Hugo Charteris

John Mackenzie

24 Jun 1971

Chariot of Fire [The Wednesday Play]

Tony Parker

James Ferman

1 Jul 1971

1972

Home [C]

David Storey

Lindsay Anderson

 

Still Waters

Julia Jones

James MacTaggart

13 Jan 1972

Stocker's Copper

Tom Clarke

Jack Gold

20 Jan 1972

The House on Highbury Hill

Piers Paul Read

John Glenister

27 Jan 1972

In The Beautiful Caribbean

Barry Beckford

Philip Saville

03 Feb 1972

Ackerman, Dougall and Harker

Don Shaw

Ted Kotcheff

10 Feb 1972

The Villa Maroc

Willis Hall

Herbert Wise

17 Feb 1972

Cows

Howard Barker

John Gorrie

24 Feb 1972

Act of Betrayal

 

 

23 Mar 1972

Emma's Time

 

 

06 Apr 1972

The Fishing Party

Peter Terson

Michael Simpson

01 Jun 1972

The Reporters

Arthur Hopcraft

Michael Apted

09 Oct 1972

A Life is For Ever

Tony Parker

Alan Clarke

16 Oct 1972

Carson Country

Dominic Behan

Piers Haggard

23 Oct 1972

Man Friday

Adrian Mitchell

James MacTaggart

30 Oct 1972

Triple Exposure

David Halliwell

Alan Cooke

06 Nov 1972

Better Than The Movies

John Elliot

Roy Battersby

13 Nov 1972

The General's Day

William Trevor

John Gorrie

20 Nov 1972

The Bankrupt

David Mercer

Christopher Morahan

27 Nov 1972

Just Your Luck

Peter McDougall

Mike Newell

04 Dec 1972

The Bouncing Boy

John McGrath

Maurice Hatton

11 Dec 1972

A Life is For Ever

Tony Parker

Alan Clarke

16 Oct 1972

Carson Country

Dominic Behan

Piers Haggard

23 Oct 1972

Man Friday

Adrian Mitchell

James MacTaggart

30 Oct 1972

Triple Exposure

David Halliwell

Alan Cooke

06 Nov 1972

Better Than The Movies

John Elliot

Roy Battersby

13 Nov 1972

The General's Day

William Trevor

John Gorrie

20 Nov 1972

The Bankrupt

David Mercer

Christopher Morahan

27 Nov 1972

Just Your Luck

Peter McDougall

Mike Newell

04 Dec 1972

The Bouncing Boy

John McGrath

Maurice Hatton

11 Dec 1972

1973

Shakespeare - Or Bust

Peter Terson

Brian Parker

08 Jan 1973

Land of Green Ginger

click here for Dave Rolinson's piece on this play for Screenonline

Alan Plater

Brian Parker

15 Jan 1973

Kisses At Fifty

Colin Welland

Michael Apted

22 Jan 1973

Highway Robbery

Michael O' Neill and Jeremy Seabrook

Michael Apted

29 Jan 1973

Song at Twilight

Willis Hall

Herbert Wise

05 Feb 1973

Only Make Believe

Dennis Potter

Robert Knights

12 Feb 1973

For Sylvia, or The Air Show

John Burrows and John Harding

Barry Dane

19 Feb 1973

The Operation

Roger Smith

Roy Battersby

26 Feb 1973

Access to the Children

William Trevor

Philip Saville

05 Mar 1973

Hard Labour

click here for Dave Rolinson's piece on this play for Screenonline

Mike Leigh

Mike Leigh

12 Mar 1973

Man Above Men

David Hare

Alan Clarke

19 Mar 1973

Speech Day

Barry Hines

John Goldschmidt

26 Mar 1973

Steps Back

David Halliwell

Brian Parker

14 May 1973

Three's One

Penelope Mortimer

Alastair Reid

04 Jun 1973

Edward G - Like the Filmstar

John Harvey-Flint

James Ferman

11 Jun 1973

Blooming Youth

Leslie Blair

Leslie Blair

18 Jun 1973

The Stretch

Julia Jones

Peter Dews

25 Jun 1973

Making the Play

Terence Brady and Charlotte Bingham

Michael Hays

02 Jul 1973

Mrs Palfrey At The Claremont

Ray Lawler

Michael Lindsay-Hogg

18 Oct 1973

Her Majesty's Pleasure

Jimmy O' Connor

Barry Dane

25 Oct 1973

Jack Point

Colin Welland

Michael Apted

01 Nov 1973

The Emergency Channel

John Bowen

Robert Knights

08 Nov 1973

Mummy and Daddy

Douglas Livingstone

Barry Davis

15 Nov 1973

Private Practice

Peter Hankin

Peter Cregeen

22 Nov 1973

Shutdown

Tony Perrin

John Mackenzie

29 Nov 1973

Baby Blues

Nemone Lethbridge

James MacTaggart

06 Dec 1973

Jingle Bells

Arthur Hopcraft

Claude Whatham

13 Dec 1973

1974

The Lonely Man's Lover

Barry Collins

Brian Parker

17 Jan 1974

All Good Men

click here for John Williams's piece on this play for Screenonline

Trevor Griffiths

click here for John Williams's biography of Griffiths for Screenonline

Michael Lindsay-Hogg

31 Jan 1974

Joe's Ark

Dennis Potter

Alan Bridges

14 Feb 1974

Hot Fat

Jack Rosenthal

Derek Bennett

21 Feb 1974

Easy Go [postponed from 07 Feb 1974]

Brian Clark

Michael Tuchner

07 Mar 1974

Headmaster

John Challen

Anthony Page

14 Mar 1974

Penda's Fen

David Rudkin

Alan Clarke

21 Mar 1974

Pidgeon - Hawk or Dove?

Michael Sadler

David Rose

28 Mar 1974

Three For The Fancy

Peter Terson

Alan Clarke

21 Mar 1974

The Cheviot, The Stag and the Black, Black Oil

John McGrath

John Mackenzie

06 Jun 1974

Schmoedipus

Dennis Potter

Barry Davis

20 Jun 1974

The Childhood Friend

Piers Paul Read

Mike Newell

27 Jun 1974

A Follower for Emily

Brian Clark

Alan Clarke

04 Jul 1974

Just Your Luck

Peter McDougall

Mike Newell

18 Jul 1974

Leeds - United!

Colin Welland

Roy Battersby

31 Oct 1974

Baby Love

David Edgar

Barry Davis

07 Nov 1974

Back of Beyond

Julia Jones

Desmond Davis

14 Nov 1974

The Bevellers

Roddy McMillan

Moira Armstrong

21 Nov 1974

Taking Leave

Joyce Neary

John Mackenzie

28 Nov 1974

Fugitive

Sean Walsh

Peter Gill

05 Dec 1974

Eleanor

William Trevor

Barry Davis

12 Dec 1974

1975

Gangsters

Philip Martin

Philip Saville

09 Jan 1975

The After Dinner Game

Malcolm Bradbury and Christopher Bigsby

Robert Knights

16 Jan 1975

Breath

Elaine Feinstein

Matthew Robinson

23 Jan 1975

The Death of a Young Man

Willy Russell

Viktors Riktelis

30 Jan 1975

Sunset Across The Bay

Alan Bennett

Stephen Frears

20 Feb 1975

Funny Farm

Roy Minton

Alan Clarke

27 Feb 1975

Goodbye

Hugh Whitemore

Gavin Millar

06 Mar 1975

Just Another Saturday

Peter McDougall

John Mackenzie

13 Mar 1975

Child of Hope

John Elliott

Graham Evans

24 Apr 1975

The Saturday Party

Brian Clark

Barry Davis

01 May 1975

Wednesday Love

Arthur Hopcraft

Michael Apted

08 May 1975

The Dandelion Clock

Wilson John Haire

John Bruce

15 May 1975

Brassneck

Howard Brenton and David Hare

Mike Newell

22 May 1975

The Floater

Peter Prince

Barry Davis

29 May 1975

Plaintiffs and Defendants

Simon Gray

Michael Lindsay-Hogg

14 Oct 1975

Two Sundays

Simon Gray

Michael Lindsay-Hogg

21 Oct 1975

Moss

Bernard Kops

Philip Saville

28 Oct 1975

84 Charing Cross Road

Hugh Whitemore

Bernard Cullingham

04 Nov 1975

Keep an Eye on Albert

Brian Glover

Michael Tuchner

11 Nov 1975

Children of the Sun

Michael O' Neill and Jeremy Seabrook

Viktors Riktelis

18 Nov 1975

After the Solo

John Challen

Moira Armstrong

25 Nov 1975

Through the Night

click here for John Williams's piece on this play for Screenonline

Trevor Griffiths

click here for John Williams's biography of Griffiths for Screenonline

Michael Lindsay-Hogg

02 Dec 1975

A Passage to England

Leon Griffiths

John Mackenzie

09 Dec 1975

Rumpole of the Bailey

John Mortimer

John Gorrie

16 Dec 1975

1976

The Other Woman

Watson Gould

Michael Simpson

06 Jan 1976

Nuts in May

Mike Leigh

Mike Leigh

13 Jan 1976

Doran's Box

Eric Coltart

Matthew Robinson

20 Jan 1976

Packman's Barn

Alick Rowe

Chris Menaul

27 Jan 1976

A Story to Frighten the Children

John Hopkins

Herbert Wise

03 Feb 1976

The Happy Hunting Ground

Tom Hadaway

Brian Parker

10 Feb 1976

Jumping Bean Bag

Robin Chapman

Alan Cooke

17 Feb 1976

Clay, Smeddum and Greenden

Bill Craig

Moira Armstrong

24 Feb 1976

Love Letters on Blue Paper

Arnold Wesker

Waris Hussein

02 Mar 1976

Willie Rough

Bill Bryden

Bob McIntosh

09 Mar 1976

Tiptoe Through the Tulips

Beryl Bainbridge

Claude Whatham

16 Mar 1976

The Peddler

E. A. Whitehead

Claude Whatham

23 Mar 1976

Early Struggles

Peter Prince

Stephen Frears

30 Mar 1976

NOT TRANSMITTED UNTIL 1987:

Brimstone and Treacle

Dennis Potter

Barry Davis

06 Apr 1976

see 1987

Double Dare

Dennis Potter

John Mackenzie

06 Apr 1976

Bar Mitzvah Boy

Jack Rosenthal

Michael Tuchner

14 Sep 1976

Bet Your Life

Leslie Blair

Leslie Blair

21 Sep 1976

Rocky Marciano is Dead

Bernard Kops

Graham Evans

28 Sep 1976

The Elephant's Graveyard

Peter McDougall

John Mackenzie

12 Oct 1976

Housewives' Choice

Roy Kendall

Chris Thompson

19 Oct 1976

Your Man from Six Counties

Colin Welland

Barry Davis

26 Oct 1976

Buffet

Rhys Adrian

Mike Newell

02 Nov 1976