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Play for Today is a British television anthology drama series, produced by the BBC and transmitted on BBC1 from 1970 to 1984. During the run, more than three hundred programmes, featuring original television plays, and adaptations of stage plays and... read more

Play for Today is a British television anthology drama series, produced by the BBC and transmitted on BBC1 from 1970 to 1984. During the run, more than three hundred programmes, featuring original television plays, and adaptations of stage plays and novels, were transmitted. The individual episodes were between fifty and a hundred minutes in duration. A handful of these plays, including Rumpole of the Bailey and The Blackstuff, subsequently became television series in their own right.

Original Release

10/15/1970 on BBC

Cast

# Title Air Date
1 Young Shoulders Tuesday, 14 February 1984
2 A Coming to Terms for Billy Tuesday, 21 February 1984
3 Z for Zachariah Tuesday, 28 February 1984
4 Moving on the Edge Tuesday, 06 March 1984
5 Desert of Lies Tuesday, 13 March 1984
6 Hard Feelings Tuesday, 20 March 1984
7 Under the Hammer Tuesday, 27 March 1984
8 King Tuesday, 03 April 1984
9 Rainy Day Women Tuesday, 10 April 1984
10 Dog Ends Tuesday, 17 July 1984
11 The Groundling and the Kite Tuesday, 24 July 1984
12 The Cry Saturday, 21 July 1984
13 It Could Happen to Anybody Tuesday, 14 August 1984
14 Only Children Tuesday, 21 August 1984
15 The Amazing Miss Stella Estelle Tuesday, 28 August 1984
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Directors

Barry Davis, Alan Clarke, John Mackenzie, Philip Saville, Claude Whatham, Brian Parker, Mike Newell, James MacTaggart, Michael Lindsay-Hogg, Robert Knights, Michael Apted, Mike Leigh, John Gorrie, Richard Eyre, Moira Armstrong, James Ferman, Alan Cooke, John Bruce, Piers Haggard, Michael Simpson, Alan Bridges, Paul Seed, Jack Gold, Matthew Robinson, Michael Tuchner, Roland Joffe, Bill Craske, Gerald Blake, Stephen Frears, Gavin Millar, John Glenister, James Cellan Jones, Ken Loach, Roy Battersby, Ronald Wilson, Kenneth Ives, Herbert Wise, Baz Taylor, John Goldschmidt, Les Blair, Gareth Davies, Derek Lister, Brian Gibson, Colin Bucksey, Pedr James, Alan Dossor, John McGrath, Christopher Menaul, Silvio Narizzano, Michael Darlow, Ted Kotcheff, David Hare, Giles Foster, Graham Evans, Christopher Morahan, Carol Wiseman, Alistair Clarke, Jon Amiel, Anthony Garner, Alan Gibson, Viktors Ritelis, David Rose, Tony Smith, David Maloney, Richard Loncraine, Jane Howell, Horace Ové, Roderick Graham, Roger Bamford, Alan Grint, Michael Hayes, Clive Halls, Ben Bolt, Brian Farnham, Martyn Friend, Frank Cox, Clark Whatham, Alan Charlesworth, Michael Bradwell, John Black, Mervyn Rosenzveig, Desmond Davis, Derek Bennett, Paul Joyce, Fiona Cumming, Mark Cullingham, Nicholas Renton, Rudi Dorn, Paul Annett, Peter Gill, Bill Hays, Waris Hussein, Diarmuid Lawrence, Lindsay Anderson, Rodney Bennett, Maurice Hatton, Michael Rolfe, Ben Rea, Jim O'Brien, Anthony Page, Les Chatfield, Peter Duffell, Michael Custance, Bill Bain, Anthony Simmons, Tony Bicât, Bob Hird, James Ormerod, Alastair Reid, Jim Hill, Richard Wilson, Charles Sturridge, Stuart Burge, Peter Jefferies, Sarah Pia Anderson, Philip Bonham-Carter, Peter Cregeen, Robert McIntosh, John Robins, Chris Thompson, Bryan Forbes, Peter Dews, Jim Goddard, Laurence Moody

Writers

Dennis Potter, Mike Leigh, Jim Allen, John McGrath, Brian Clark, William Trevor, Colin Welland, Peter Terson, David Hare, Trevor Griffiths, Barrie Keeffe, Julia Jones, Peter McDougall, Barry Hines, Jeremy Paul, Peter Ransley, Simon Gray, John Bowen, Stewart Parker, Tony Perrin, Howard Brenton, Rhys Adrian, Carol Bunyan, David Hopkins, Graham Reid, Jeremy Seabrook, Douglas Livingstone, Jack Rosenthal, Arthur Hopcraft, Michael O'Neill, Hugh Whitemore, Alan Gibson, Rachel Billington, David Halliwell, Mike Stott, Rose Tremain, John Elliot, Robin Chapman, David Storey, Willis Hall, Peter Hankin, Vera Blackwell, Andrew Davies, Paula Milne, Les Blair, Brian Glover, Alan Bennett, Malcolm Bradbury, Piers Paul Read, Horace Ové, Philip Martin, Tony Parker, Peter Prince, Robert Holles, Stephen Fagan, David Leland, Bill Craig, Bernard Kops, David Edgar, Caryl Churchill, Leslie Stewart, Willy Russell, Wally K. Daly, Richard Harris, Alan Bleasdale, Alan Clews, Stephen Poliakoff, Ron Hutchinson, Derek Mahon, Don Shaw, Václav Havel, Leon Griffiths, Roger Milner, Colin Haydn Evans, Rosemary Davies, Paul Britten Austin, Charles Levinson, John Bill, Paul Joyce, Maurice Leitch, Anthony Read, Clive Exton, Peter Nichols, Howard Barker, Denis Cannan, Tony Bicât, Frances Galleymore, Ian Cullen, Penelope Mortimer, Federico García Lorca, Antonia Fraser, Bob Larbey, Geoffrey Case, J.M. Barrie, Derek Lister, Elaine Feinstein, Wilson John Haire, Alan Sharp, Beryl Bainbridge, Lesley Bruce, Alan Plater, G.F. Newman, Reg Gadney, George Mackay Brown, Andy McSmith, Leonard Preston, John Burrows, Lionel Goldstein, John Mortimer, Gilly Fraser, Alick Rowe, Robert Marshall, John Osborne, Eric Colthart, Jim Hawkins, Roy Kendall, Henry Livings, Helene Hanff, Jimmy O'Connor, Rita May, George Salverson, Vivian Nicholson, Anthony Garner, Brian Thompson, Graham Williams, Sean McCarthy, Charles Wood, Roddy McMillan, Nemone Lethbridge, Munroe Scott, Robert Smith, Dominic Behan, Douglas Dunn, Andrew Carr, H.O. Nazareth, Hugh McManus, David Hodson, Ray Lawler, Robert Holmes, Nigel Williams, Stephen Davis, Tom Hadaway, Arnold Wesker, Robert C. O'Brien, John Harding, David Mercer, John Esmonde, Alma Cullen, N.F. Simpson, Christopher Bigsby, Alan Garner, Bryan Forbes, Alun Owen, Gordon Flemyng, Jennifer Johnston, John Wain, Terence Brady, Judy Forrest, William Sansom, Jeremy Sandford, Robert Holman, Chris Kewbank, Lewis Grassic Gibbon, John Hopkins, Watson Gould, Ingmar Bergman, Richard Eyre, Adrian Mitchell, Ian McEwan, Daniel Defoe, Don Haworth, Roger Smith, Michael Hastings, James Andrew Hall, Stephen Lowe, W. Stephen Gilbert, John Byrne, Bill Bryden, Neville Smith, Noël Coward, Mary O'Malley, Stephen Bill, Paul Thompson, Lucy Griffiths, Dixie Williams, John Harvey-Flint, Marcella Evaristi, Maurice Edelman, Barry Reckord, Elizabeth Taylor, Dion Boucicault, David Cregan, Michael Sadler, Joyce Neary, Jehane Markham, James Duthie, Roy Minton, David Turner, Charlotte Bingham, Christopher Menaul, Doug Lucie, William McIlvanney, David Rudkin, Stephen Mulrine, Dusty Hughes, Barry Collins, David Pirie, Raymond Hitchcock

Cast

Producers

Editors

David Martin, Oliver White, Roger Waugh, Ken Pearce, Tony Woollard, Henry Fowler, Dan Rae, Peter Coulson, Jon Gregory, Ron Bowman, Tariq Anwar, Angus Newton, Chris Lovett, Mike Hall, Bill Shapter, Nigel Pardoe-Matthews, Howard Dell, Gordon Clarke, David Naden, Don Fairservice, Roy Watts, John Bland, Michael Johns, Ann Scott, John Stothart, Ed Wooden, Stan Pow, Peter West, Geoff Higgs, Paul Willey, Dave King, Michael Duxbury, Stan Hawkes, Alan Cumner-Price, Steve Eveleigh, Malcolm Banthorpe, Christopher Rowlands, Stephen Newnham, Greg Miller, Ian Low, Sheila S. Tomlinson, Norman Matthews, Robin Sales, Paddy Higson, Clare Douglas, Michael John, Graham Walker, Tom Poore, Aileen Forsyth

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