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My Ten Plays for Today: Lisa Kerrigan

This is the latest in a series of posts in which we publish the ‘top ten’ or ‘top five’ Plays for Today identified by  a range of writers, researchers and media professionals. The brief was that such lists should not necessarily consist of what were considered to be the ‘best’ Plays for Today but could […]

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My Ten Plays for Today: Simon Farquhar

This is the third in a series of posts in which we publish the ‘top ten’ or ‘top five’ Plays for Today identified by  a range of writers, researchers and media professionals. The brief was that such lists should not necessarily consist of what were considered to be the ‘best’ Plays for Today but could […]

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Programme: Play for Today at 50 Symposium, 14th-15th October 2020

Play for Today at 50 Play for Today constitutes one of the most important series ever of British television drama. Beginning on BBC1 on Thursday 15 October 1970, it continued until 1984, running to over 300 individual plays and regularly commanding audiences of several millions. Launched as a successor to The Wednesday Play, the series […]

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My Ten Plays for Today: John Wyver

This is the first of a series of posts in which we publish the  ‘top ten’ or ‘top five’ Plays for Today identified by  a range of writers, researchers and media professionals. The brief was that such lists should not necessarily consist of what were considered to be the ‘best’ Plays for Today but could […]

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Mike Leigh and Play for Today

The following interview was recorded on 14 July 2000 in the bar of the North Stafford Hotel in Stoke-on-Trent. Mike Leigh had travelled up to Stoke from London to receive an Honorary Degree from Staffordshire University, where I was Principal Lecturer in Media Studies, and I was transporting him to and from Trentham Gardens, where […]

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Play for Today Online Symposium, 14-15 October 2020

Registration is now open for Play for Today at 50, a free online symposium on the 14th and 15th October 2020. Registration for the symposium is free through Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/play-for-today-at-50-tickets-122011059363 Play for Today constitutes one of the most important series ever of British television drama. Beginning on BBC1 on Thursday 15 October 1970, it continued […]

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Play for Today: The Dominick Hide plays

by Philip Braithwaite The Flipside of Dominick Hide. Written by Jeremy Paul and Alan Gibson, directed by Alan Gibson, and produced by Chris Cherry. Broadcast at 9.35pm on Tuesday 9 December 1980. Another Flip for Dominick. Written by Jeremy Paul and Alan Gibson, directed by Alan Gibson, and produced by Chris Cherry. Broadcast at 9.25pm […]

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Maurice Roëves (1937-2020)

I had the good fortune to interview the actor Maurice Roëves (who has died at the age of 83) on two occasions. Maurice had an extraordinarily prolific 55-year career in film, theatre and especially television, the span and range of which (“beginning with an episode of Doctor Finlay’s Casebook in 1966 and concluding with a […]

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Play for Today at 50

Along with Armchair Theatre and The Wednesday Play, Play for Today constitutes one of the most important series of British television drama. Beginning on BBC1 on Thursday 15 October 1970, it continued until 1984, running to over 300 individual plays and regularly commanding audiences of several millions. Launched as a successor to The Wednesday Play […]

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Terrance Dicks (1935-2019): The BBC1 Classic Serial in the 1980s

Terrance Dicks (1935-2019) will forever be synonymous with Doctor Who (BBC 1963-89, 1996, 2005-present) for which he was script editor from 1968-74, instrumental in the introduction of Jon Pertwee as the Doctor, the earthbound military UNIT storylines and the creation of the Master. After departing as script editor he continued writing for Doctor Who over […]