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Play for Today: The Right Prospectus

By Simon Farquhar Written by John Osborne, directed by Alan Cooke and produced by Irene Shubik. Broadcast on BBC1 at 9.20pm on 22 October 1970. The Long Distance Piano Player, broadcast on 15 October 1970, was the first of the new season of television plays broadcast under the title of Play for Today.  However, it […]

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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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Play for Today at 50 at Belfast Film Festival

A short season of Plays for Today, curated by John Hill, for the Belfast Film Festival that was scheduled for April 2020 but, sadly, cancelled in March. Play for Today was launched on BBC1 in October 1970 and ran until 1984, commanding audiences of several millions. It is generally recognised to be a hugely important […]

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Tony Garnett (1936-2020)

Following the death of Tony Garnett, on 12 January 2020, obituary writers and those paying tribute to him understandably focused on his hugely influential career as a radical television producer, sometimes noting that he had begun his career as an actor in series such as An Age of Kings (BBC, 1960), Emergency – Ward 10 […]

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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 […]

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‘Drama She Wrote’ at BFI Southbank: ‘Play for Today: The Other Woman’ (BBC 1976) & ‘Second City Firsts: Shall I See You Now’ (BBC 1978)

Our ‘Drama She Wrote’ season at BFI Southbank concludes on Monday with an 8.40 screening of two 1970s plays from BBC Birmingham. The BBC Birmingham connection has been an unexpected occurence as, despite being catalogued, our billed second play (Jill Laurimore’s 1973 ATV drama Family Tree) turned out not to survive in the ITV archive! The […]

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‘Drama She Wrote’ at BFI Southbank: Three marriage plays – ‘The Tamer Tamed’ (BBC 1956), ‘Play For Today: Still Waters’ (BBC 1972) and ‘Centre Play: A Kind of Marriage’ (BBC 1976)

Tonight’s screening in our ‘Drama She Wrote’ season at BFI Southbank (at 6.10) is a value-for-money triple bill of plays about marriage. As well as spanning 20 years of BBC drama production, when watched in sequence the three plays show a developing dialectic about the purpose and value of marriage; Elaine Morgan’s The Tamer Tamed […]

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‘Drama She Wrote’ – Women dramatists in British television drama in 1974.

I was kindly invited onto the panel that followed the first screening in our ‘Drama She Wrote’ season at BFI Southbank (Seven Faces of Woman: Choice ITV/LWT 1974). The panel also featured Gail Renard (Chair of the Writers’ Guild Of Great Britain), Andrea Newman (the author of Choice, Bouquet of Barbed Wire ITV/LWT 1976 and A […]

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‘Drama She Wrote’ at BFI Southbank: ‘Playhouse: Splinter of Ice’ (Granada/ ITV 1972) + ‘Then and Now: Over’ (BBC 1973)

Our ‘Drama She Wrote’ season of neglected television plays by women writers at BFI Southbank continues at 6.20 on Wednesday 11 September with a double bill of plays by two famous novelists, memoirists, dramatists and playwrights, both of whom have been public figures in British culural life for over fifty years – Fay Weldon and […]

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‘Drama She Wrote’ season at BFI Southbank, September-October 2018

We are pleased to be able to announce details of the ‘Drama She Wrote’ season, held at BFI Southbank this September and October, curated by Dick Fiddy and Billy Smart. The season presents a range of neglected TV dramas by women writers from the ’50s to the ’70s. The full line-up is: Drama She Wrote: […]