BBC Play of the Month

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  • Genre(s): Drama
  • Release year: 1965
Play of the Month is a BBC television anthology series, which ran from 1965 to 1983 featuring productions of classic and contemporary stage plays which were usually broadcast on BBC1. Each production featured a different work, often using prominent... read more

Play of the Month is a BBC television anthology series, which ran from 1965 to 1983 featuring productions of classic and contemporary stage plays which were usually broadcast on BBC1. Each production featured a different work, often using prominent British stage actors in the leading roles. The series was transmitted regularly from October 1965 to May 1979, before returning for the summer seasons of 1982 and 1983. The producer most associated with the Play of the Month series was Cedric Messina.

Original Release

10/19/1965 on BBC

Cast

Jeremy Brett Basil Hallward
George Merritt Old man
Rex Robinson
Peter Copley The Home Secretary
Emma Piper Asta Allmers
Tom Conti Francis Archer
David Christie Murray Paratrooper
Bill Fraser Boanerges
Timothy Dalton Clive Harrington
Raymond Graham Mason, butler to Sir Robert
(see additional cast & crew)
# Title Air Date
1 Dangerous Corner Sunday, 22 May 1983
2 The Gay Lord Quex Monday, 13 June 1983
3 Infidelities Monday, 12 September 1983
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Directors

John Gorrie, Cedric Messina, Basil Coleman, Rudolph Cartier, Waris Hussein, Donald McWhinnie, Alan Cooke, William Slater, James MacTaggart, James Cellan Jones, Alan Bridges, Bill Hays, Michael Darlow, Christopher Morahan, Don Taylor, Herbert Wise, David Giles, Alan Clarke, Anthony Page, Piers Haggard, Michael Lindsay-Hogg, Claude Whatham, James Ormerod, Alvin Rakoff, Naomi Capon, Moira Armstrong, Michael Elliott, Stuart Burge, John Glenister, Jane Howell, Jack Gold, Alan Gibson, Philip Saville, David Hugh Jones, Jonathan Miller, Robert Knights, Gareth Davies, Philip Dudley, Peter Wood, Raymond Menmuir, Terence Dudley, Ronald Wilson

Writers

George Bernard Shaw, William Shakespeare, Anton Chekhov, Terence Rattigan, E.M. Forster, J.B. Priestley, Oscar Wilde, Hugh Whitemore, Henrik Ibsen, Richard B. Sheridan, Arthur Wing Pinero, Michael Meyer, Noël Coward, Elisaveta Fen, John Galsworthy, Henry James, John Osborne, Rudolph Cartier, George Farquhar, John Elliot, David Mercer, Pauline Macaulay, Denis Constanduros, James MacTaggart, Sophocles, E.F. Watling, Harley Granville-Barker, Peter Shaffer, William Wycherley, Heinar Kipphardt, Moura Budberg, Derek Ingrey, Santha Rama Rau, Jean-Paul Sartre, Margarete Steffin, Dion Boucicault, Robin Maugham, Georg Büchner, Arnold Wesker, Ronald Eyre, Anthony Steven, James Thurber, Bertolt Brecht, William Emms, Augustus Goetz, Thomas Middleton, Gerald Savory, Edward Bond, Daniel Defoe, Donald Bull, H.G. Wells, Molière, Stephen Spender, C.P. Snow, Ruth Goetz, Max Faber, J.M. Barrie, Stuart Griffiths, Edmond Rostand, Alex Weissberg, Voltaire, David Weir, Eric Bentley, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Alex Comfort, George L. Du Maurier, Richard Waring, Maurice Edelman, Reed de Rouen, Emlyn Williams, Christopher Hampton, Alan Clarke, Wolf Mankowitz, Waris Hussein, Athol Fugard, Arthur Miller, Richard Wilbur, Georges Simenon, Brandon Thomas, Hugh Walpole, Marivaux, Mikhail A. Bulgakov, Anatole de Grunwald, David Benedictus, John Maynard, Rodney Ackland, W. Somerset Maugham, Alexandre Dumas, Christa Winsloe, Isaak Babel, James Joyce, Ken Taylor, Alan Ayckbourn, Brian Hooker, Miguel de Cervantes y Saavedra, Friedrich Schiller, Tennessee Williams, Frederick Lonsdale, Hugh Leonard, Michael Bialoguski, Elizabeth Hart, Clive Exton, Michael Glenny, N.C. Hunter, Ronald Hingley, Maurice Hussey, Frank Hauser, William Rowley, Alun Owen, Harry Green, Don Taylor, David Bull, Barbara Burnham, J.M. Cohen, Peter Nichols

Cast

Jeremy Brett Basil Hallward
George Merritt Old man
Rex Robinson
Peter Copley The Home Secretary
Emma Piper Asta Allmers
Tom Conti Francis Archer
David Christie Murray Paratrooper
Bill Fraser Boanerges
Timothy Dalton Clive Harrington
Raymond Graham Mason, butler to Sir Robert
Ronald Hines Dirk Stroeve
Colin Rix Flavius
Patrick Magee Fergus Crampton
Lionel Hamilton Schacht
Ronald Hines Ronnie Heaslop
Brian Grellis Machineshop foreman
Ian Ogilvy Candide
Timothy Newman Court page
Norman Mitchell Driver
Ian Ogilvy Thomas Aimwell

Producers

Editors

Dave King, E. Michel Boyd, Ken Pearce, Howard Dell, Sam Upton, Roy Watts

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