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1970s Actors BBC Billy Smart Cedric Messina Directors Edward Fox Events John Galsworthy Loyalties Play of the Month Rudolph Cartier

‘Forgotten Television Dramas 2’ at BFI Southbank: ‘Play of the Month: Loyalties’ (BBC 1976)

Our second ‘Forgotten Television Dramas’ season concludes at 3.15 on Sunday afternoon with a screening of John Galsworthy’s ‘Loyalties’, unseen since 1976. The screening will be introduced by actor Edward Fox. Along with his many film and theatre credits over the last fifty years, two of Edward’s television appearances made soon after Loyalties demonstrate his […]

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1970s Actors BBC Billy Smart Cedric Messina Directors Geraldine McEwan Play of the Month The Magistrate

Finding a fragment of a lost television drama: The last seven minutes of ‘Play of the Month: The Magistrate’ (BBC1 20 December 1972)

Researching old television drama is often an archaeological process. When programmes don’t survive, a trained historian and theorist can sometimes pick up (and hopefully convey) some idea of what they might have been like through secondary sources.

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1960s Actors An Ideal Husband BBC Billy Smart Cedric Messina Edwardian Drama Oscar Wilde Play of the Month Rudolph Cartier

Two Edwardian dramas 1: ‘Play of the Month: An Ideal Husband’ (BBC1, 11 May 1969)

Edwardian drama on television Between 1967 and 1985 (the period when the BBC regularly transmitted adaptations of classic theatrical plays in mainstream slots) 120 television adaptations of stage plays were transmitted by the BBC as either Plays of the Month, other similar series,[1] or as one-off productions broadcast in the Play of the Month slot.

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1960s Alan Cooke BBC Billy Smart Cedric Messina John Osborne Luther Play of the Month Writers

John Osborne: Play of the Month: Luther (BBC1, 19 October 1965)

Luther was the first programme to be shown in the BBC’s Play of the Month series, and was both a highly prestigious and atypical production for its time.

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1950s 1960s 1970s Actors BBC BBC Television Shakespeare Cedric Messina Directors Festival Play of the Month Producers Shakespeare Television World Theatre Tony Hancock

From Television World Theatre to the BBC Shakespeare: The fluctuating status of the classic play on BBC Television 1957-1985

In a recent lecture, Huw Weldon, managing director of BBC television said: ‘We feel that, like the theatre at large, we should be wanting if we did not ceaselessly recreate the classics – Shakespeare, Sheridan, Shaw and so on.’ (Dunkley, Chris, ‘Review’, Radio Times, 27 March 1975, p.74)