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

Writers

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

Cast

Producers

Editors

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

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