Play for Today (1970–1984)

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Play for Today (TV Series 1970–1984)

This show was a British television anthology drama series. It was produced by the BBC, and it was transmitted on BBC1 between 1970 and 1984. During this period, more than three hundred different episodes, featuring original television plays, and adaptations of stage plays and novels, were broadcast. Each episode was between fifty minutes and one hour and forty minutes in duration. Some of these plays, for example, Rumpole of the Bailey, subsequently became a television series.
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Creators
Creator Barry Davis
Creator Alan Clarke
Creator Rhys Adrian
Creator Jim Allen
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Release Date1970-10-15
Runtime1h 15min
GenreComedy, Drama
Content Rating
Awards16 wins & 16 nominations total
CompanyBritish Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
CountryUK
LanguageEnglish
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Play for Today

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 (with a few exceptions noted below) between fifty and a hundred minutes in duration. A handful of these plays, including Rumpole of the Bailey, subsequently became television series in their own right.


History

The strand was a successor to The Wednesday Play, the 1960s anthology series, the title being changed when the day of transmission became variable. Some works, screened in anthology series' on BBC2, like Willy Russell's Our Day Out (1977), were repeated on BBC1 in the series. The producers of The Wednesday Play, Graeme MacDonald and Irene Shubik, transferred to the new series. Shubik continued with the series until 1973 while MacDonald remained with the series until 1977 when he was promoted. Later producers included Kenith Trodd (1973–1982), David Rose (1972-1980), Innes Lloyd (1975–1982), Margaret Matheson (1977–1979), Richard Eyre (1978–1980) and Pharic MacLaren (1974–1982).

Plays covered all genres. In its time, Play for Today featured contemporary social realist dramas, historical pieces, fantasies, biopics and occasionally science-fiction (The Flipside of Dominick Hide, 1980). Most pieces were written directly for television, but there were also occasional adaptations from other narrative forms, such as novels and stage plays.

Writers who contributed plays to the series included Ian McEwan, John Osborne, Dennis Potter, Stephen Poliakoff, David Hare, Willy Russell, Alan Bleasdale, Arthur Hopcraft, Alan Plater, Graham Reid, David Storey, Andrew Davies, Rhys Adrian and John Hopkins. Several prominent directors also featured, including Stephen Frears, Alan Clarke, Michael Apted, Mike Newell, Roland Joffé, Ken Loach, Lindsay Anderson, and Mike Leigh. Some of the best remembered plays broadcast in the strand include Edna, the Inebriate Woman (1971), The Foxtrot (1971), Home (1972), Bar Mitzvah Boy (1976), The Other Woman (1976), Abigail's Party (1977), Blue Remembered Hills (1979) and Just a Boys' Game (1979). Certain other well known plays, including Penda's Fen (1974), Nuts in May (1976), were commissioned by David Rose of the BBC's English Regions Drama department based in Birmingham.

Some installments in the series were spun off into full-blown series. Probably the two best-remembered examples of this are Rumpole of the Bailey, which was produced as a one-off in the Play for Today strand in 1975 and three years later became a series for Thames Television, again with Leo McKern. Alan Bleasdale's The Black Stuff, was a single play broadcast on BBC2 in January 1980, which was developed into Boys from the Blackstuff. It was never part of the Play For Today strand, although it was repeated on BBC1 later that year as a single play. Other offshoots were Gangsters, Headmaster, and a single series of science fiction-based plays styled as Play for Tomorrow. Towards the end of the run, three plays set in Northern Ireland were written by Graham Reid. Known as the Billy Plays, they starred Kenneth Branagh as Billy Martin in his first acting role following his graduation from RADA.

There were also some groups of plays transmitted that — for various reasons — did not go out under the Play for Today banner, but which were funded from the same department, used much the same production team and are generally regarded in episode guides and analysis as being part of the Play for Today 'canon'.

Several plays were BAFTA award winners. John Le Mesurier and Patricia Hayes were named Best Actor & Actress respectively for their roles in the 1971 series Traitor and Edna, The Inebriate Woman, the latter also being named Best Drama Production. Celia Johnson was named Best Actress for Mrs. Palfrey At The Claremont, broadcast in 1973. Stocker's Copper (1972), Kisses At Fifty (1973), Bar Mitzvah Boy (1976), Spend, Spend, Spend! (1977), Licking Hitler (1978) and Blue Remembered Hills (1979) were all named Best Single Play by BAFTA.

Videotapes of thirty-seven of the early episodes were wiped after transmission, and no copies of them are known to have survived.


Controversies

Two plays were controversially pulled from transmission shortly before broadcast due to concerns over their content: these were Dennis Potter's Brimstone & Treacle in 1976 and Roy Minton's Scum the following year. In the case of Brimstone & Treacle it was due to concerns over the play's depiction of a disabled woman's rape at the hands of a man who may or may not be the devil, and with Scum the worry was its supposed sensationalism of life in a young offenders' institution (then still known as a borstal). Scum and Brimstone & Treacle were eventually transmitted, although in the meantime both had circumvented their withdrawal by being re-made as cinema films.

The series as a whole was viewed with suspicion by rightwing commentators and critics as many of the issues tackled were the subject of political controversy. Of particular note was the criticism of the public expenditure on the Queen's Silver Jubilee in the plays The Price of Coal (1977) and The Spongers (1978).

One play, The Other Woman, generated some mild controversy for its “graphic depiction” of lesbianism, and for the onscreen kiss between Jane Lapotaire and Lynne Frederick.


Demise and legacy

After fourteen seasons and numerous repeats of individual productions, the programme officially ended in August 1984, although two seasons of single dramas without Play for Today billing were broadcast on BBC1 in a similar time slot from July to December 1983 and from November 1984 to February 1985. Thereafter the strand of single dramas became Screen Two on BBC2 from January 1985, and later also Screen One on BBC1 from September 1989. The general trend in 1980s television production was away from one-off plays and towards a greater concentration on series and serials. When one-offs were produced, such as Film on Four on Channel 4, they tended to be made with a cinematic approach rather than betraying television drama's roots in the theatre that Play for Today and earlier series on both the BBC and ITV had often demonstrated.

Nonetheless, the series is generally remembered as a benchmark of high-quality British television drama, and has become a byword for what many continue to argue was a golden age of British television. In 2000, the British Film Institute produced a poll of industry professionals to determine the 100 Greatest British Television Programmes of the 20th century, and five of the programmes included in the final tally were from Play for Today.

A new programme publicised as a return of Play for Today, but under the working title of The Evening Play, was announced at the beginning of March 2006, but nothing has been heard from it since. Kevin Spacey, film star and director of the Old Vic, in March 2008 told BBC News that he would like to see the return of the show, but the journalists Michael Gove and Mark Lawson expressed disagreement, Gove (by then a Conservative MP) describing them, at best counter-intuitively, as "exercises in viewer patronisation". Jan Moir in The Daily Telegraph wrote in support of Spacey, saying "the British loved Play for Today once, and would do so again. A good piece of drama looks at the human condition, and tells us something we should know about ourselves."

A book detailing the origins of the series, "Play for Today: The First Year", by Simon Farquhar, was published in 2021.


Productions

Sourced according to the BBC Genome archive of Radio Times magazines. Titles that carried the tag Play For Today on the BBC listings for their first or subsequent transmission are included, along with some repeats such as the repeat of the Days of Hope quartet, where the initial broadcast was not branded Play for Today, but the repeat was. Repeats of the individual productions are excluded. All episodes were broadcast on BBC1, except for the delayed broadcast of Scum in 1991 which was broadcast on BBC2.

Original Air DateTitleAuthor(s)ProducerDirectorLead ActorHome MediaNotes
Season One
15 Oct 1970The Long Distance Piano PlayerAlan SharpIrene ShubikPhilip SavilleRay DaviesRepeated 13 Apr 1972. 16mm b&w print
22 Oct 1970The Right ProspectusJohn OsborneIrene ShubikAlan CookeGeorge ColeRepeated 16 Dec 1971.
29 Oct 1970The LieIngmar Bergman & Paul Britten AustinGraeme McDonaldAlan BridgesFrank FinlayIncluded on the 'Play for Today Vol.1' BFI BluRay setWritten by Ingmar Bergman, translated by Paul Britten Austin. A production for The Largest Theatre in the World project of the EBU. Winner of the SFTA award for best drama production of 1970. Repeated on BBC2 31 Mar 1971, and on BBC1 16 Mar 1972.
5 Nov 1970Angels Are So FewDennis PotterGraeme McDonaldGareth DaviesTom Bell
12 Nov 1970The Write-OffGeorge SalversonRudi DorinRudi DorinCec LinderCanadian production. Missing.
19 Nov 1970I Can't See My Little WillieDouglas LivingstoneIrene ShubikAlan ClarkeNigel StockRepeated 18 May 1972. Missing except for domestic audio recording.
26 Nov 1970A Distant ThunderMaurice EdelmanIrene ShubikJames FermanAdrienne CorriMissing.
3 Dec 1970Hearts And FlowersPeter NicholsIrene ShubikChristopher MorahanAnthony HopkinsRepeated 9 Mar 1972. 16mm b&w print
10 Dec 1970Robin RedbreastJohn BowenGraeme McDonaldJames MacTaggartAnna CropperDVD release by the BFIDue to a power outage, the ending of this episode was blacked out in many areas, necessitating a repeat of the full episode on 25 Feb 1971. 16mm b&w print
17 Dec 1970The Hallelujah HandshakeColin WellandGraeme McDonaldAlan ClarkeTony CalvinIncluded in the 'Dissent & Disruption: Alan Clarke at the BBC' BluRay setRepeated 23 Dec 1971.
7 Jan 1971Alma MaterDavid HodsonIrene ShubikJames FermanIan CarmichaelRepeated 4 May 1972. Missing.
14 Jan 1971Circle LineW. Stephen GilbertGraeme McDonaldClaude WhathamMichael FeastThe Winner of the BBCtv Student Play Competition. Missing.
21 Jan 1971Hell's AngelDavid AgnewGraeme McDonaldAlan CookeKatharine BlakeDavid Agnew is a BBC in-house pen name typically used when multiple writers contributed to a script. Anthony Read was the author commissioned to write the play. Repeated 25 May 1972. Missing.
28 Jan 1971The PianoJulia JonesGraeme McDonaldJames Cellan JonesGlyn OwenRepeated 10 Aug 1972.
4 Feb 1971Billy's Last StandBarry HinesGraeme McDonaldJohn GlenisterDudley FosterRepeated 20 Apr 1972. Missing.
11 Feb 1971The RainbirdsClive ExtonIrene ShubikPhilip SavilleMadge RyanA production for The Largest Theatre in the World project of the EBU.
18 Feb 1971ReddickMunroe ScottMervyn RosenzveigMervyn RosenzveigDonald HarronCanadian production. Missing.
11 Mar 1971No Trams To Lime StreetAlun Owen (Book), Marty Wilde & Ronnie Scott (Music & Lyrics)Harry MoorePiers HaggardAnthony MayMusical. First shown under The Wednesday Play, 18/03/1970.
18 Mar 1971Mad JackTom ClarkeGraeme McDonaldJack GoldMichael JaystonFirst shown under The Wednesday Play, 04/02/1970. Winner of the first prize and the silver Dore Catholic Prize at the 1971 Monte Carlo International Television Festival.
25 Mar 1971Scenes From Family LifeBarry BermangeRonald TraversNaomi CaponDenholm ElliottFirst shown under Plays of Today on BBC2, 25/09/1969.
1 Apr 1971Wind Versus PolygamyObi EgbunaMichael BakewellNaomi CaponEarl CameronFirst shown under Theatre 625 15/07/1968 and then The Wednesday Play, 27/05/1970.
8 Apr 1971PlaymatesJohnny SpeightGraeme McDonaldJohn McGrathMarty FeldmanFirst shown within Double Bill of The Wednesday Play on 26/11/1969.
15 Apr 1971Sovereign's CompanyDon ShawIrene ShubikAlan ClarkeRoland CulverIncluded in the 'Dissent & Disruption: Alan Clarke at the BBC' BluRay setFirst shown under The Wednesday Play, 22/04/1970.
22 Apr 1971Season Of The WitchDesmond McCarthy & Johnny ByrneAnne HeadDesmond McCarthyJulie DriscollFirst shown under The Wednesday Play, 07/01/1970.
29 Apr 1971The FoxtrotRhys AdrianIrene ShubikPhilip SavilleDonald PleasenceRepeated 30 Mar 1972. 16mm b&w print
6 May 1971When The Bough BreaksTony ParkerIrene ShubikJames FermanHannah GordonRepeated 11 May 1972.
13 May 1971OrkneyGeorge Mackay Brown & John McGrathGraeme McDonaldJames MacTaggartMaurice RoëvesThree stories by George Mackay Brown, adapted by John McGrath: A Time to Keep, The Whaler's Return and Celia. Repeated 27 Apr 1972.
20 May 1971The Rank And FileJim AllenGraeme McDonaldKen LoachPeter KerriganIncluded on the 'Ken Loach at the BBC' DVD boxset
27 May 1971The Man In The SidecarSimon GrayGraeme McDonaldJames MacTaggartGemma JonesRepeated 24 Aug 1972. Missing.
3 Jun 1971Everybody Say CheeseDouglas LivingstoneIrene ShubikAlan ClarkeRoy KinnearMissing.
10 Jun 1971The Cellar And The Almond TreeDavid MercerGraeme McDonaldAlan BridgesCelia JohnsonFirst shown under The Wednesday Play, 04/03/1970. Repeated on BBC2 13 Dec 1980 and on BBC1 14 Jul 1988.
17 Jun 1971The Italian TableWilliam TrevorIrene ShubikHerbert WiseLeonard RossiterFirst shown under The Wednesday Play, 18/02/1970.
24 Jun 1971There is Also TomorrowHugo CharterisGraeme McDonaldJohn MackenzieGlyn HoustonFirst shown under The Wednesday Play, 19/11/1969.
1 Jul 1971Chariot Of FireTony ParkerIrene ShubikJames FermanRosemary LeachFirst shown under The Wednesday Play, 20/05/1970.
Season Two
14 Oct 1971TraitorDennis PotterGraeme McDonaldAlan BridgesJohn Le MesurierBAFTA Best Actor (John Le Mesurier). Repeated on BBC2 27 Feb 1973 and on BBC1 21 Jul 1987.
21 Oct 1971Edna, the Inebriate WomanJeremy SandfordIrene ShubikTed KotcheffPatricia HayesBAFTA Best Actress (Patricia Hayes) & Drama Production. Repeated 2 Mar 1972, on BBC2 20 Aug 1977 and on BBC2 3 Nov 1986.
28 Oct 1971EvelynRhys AdrianGraeme McDonaldPiers HaggardEdward WoodwardRepeated 27 Jul 1972 and on BBC2 20 Feb 1973.
4 Nov 1971O Fat White WomanWilliam TrevorIrene ShubikPhilip SavillePeter JeffreyRepeated 16 Jul 1973.
11 Nov 1971Thank You Very MuchN. F. SimpsonGraeme McDonaldClaude WhathamJulian HollowayDuration 40 minutes. 16mm b&w print.
18 Nov 1971Michael ReganRobert HollesIrene ShubikJohn GorrieDavid BurkeRepeated 17 Aug 1972.
25 Nov 1971Skin DeepMichael O'Neill & Jeremy SeabrookGraeme McDonaldMichael Lindsay-HoggDonald PleasenceMissing.
2 Dec 1971PalAlun OwenIrene ShubikSilvio NarizzanoRobin PhillipsMissing.
9 Dec 1971The Pigeon FancierPeter HankinIrene ShubikJames FermanBert Palmer16mm b&w print
6 Jan 1972HomeDavid StoreyJac VenzaLindsay AndersonJohn GielgudDVD release by MetrodomeA NET/CBC production. Adapted by the playwright from his original stage play. Repeated on BBC2 6 Feb 1973.
13 Jan 1972Still WatersJulia JonesGraeme McDonaldJames MacTaggartMargery MasonRepeated 3 Aug 1972.
20 Jan 1972Stocker's CopperTom ClarkeGraeme McDonaldJack GoldBryan MarshallIncluded on the Play for Today Vol.2 BFI BluRay setBAFTA Best Single Play. Writers' Guild Awards 1972: Best British Original Teleplay. Repeated 18 Dec 1972 and 31 Aug 1982.
27 Jan 1972The House On Highbury HillPiers Paul ReadGraeme McDonaldJohn GlenisterColin FarrellMissing.
3 Feb 1972In The Beautiful CaribbeanBarry ReckordIrene ShubikPhilip SavilleCalvin LockhartMissing.
10 Feb 1972Ackerman, Dougall And HarkerDon ShawIrene ShubikTed KotcheffMartin C. ThurleyRepeated 6 Aug 1973.
17 Feb 1972The Villa MarocWillis HallIrene ShubikHerbert WiseThora HirdRepeated 30 Jul 1973.
24 Feb 1972CowsHoward BarkerGraeme McDonaldJohn GorrieAlison LeggattMissing.
1 Jun 1972The Fishing PartyPeter TersonDavid RoseMichael SimpsonBrian GloverDVD release by Simply MediaFrom BBC Birmingham. Repeated 9 Jul 1973 and on BBC2 4 Aug 1993.
Season Three
9 Oct 1972The ReportersArthur HopcraftGraeme McDonaldMichael AptedRobert UrquhartRepeated 3 Jan 1974 and 18 Apr 1974.
16 Oct 1972A Life Is For EverTony ParkerIrene ShubikAlan ClarkeMaurice O'ConnellRepeated 11 Jul 1974. Missing.
23 Oct 1972Carson CountryDominic BehanGraeme McDonaldPiers HaggardJ. G. Devlin
30 Oct 1972Man FridayAdrian MitchellGraeme McDonaldJames MacTaggartColin BlakelyMissing.
6 Nov 1972Triple ExposureDavid HalliwellIrene ShubikAlan CookeAlec McCowen
13 Nov 1972Better Than The MoviesJohn ElliotGraeme McDonaldRoy BattersbyBryan MarshallMissing.
20 Nov 1972The General's DayWilliam TrevorIrene ShubikJohn GorrieAlistair Sim
27 Nov 1972The BankruptDavid MercerGraeme McDonaldChristopher MorahanJoss Ackland
4 Dec 1972Just Your LuckPeter McDougallGraeme McDonaldMike NewellLesley MackieBBC DVDRepeated 18 Jul 1974.
11 Dec 1972The Bouncing BoyJohn McGrathGraeme McDonaldMaurice HattonNorman EshleyRepeated 25 Apr 1974.
8 Jan 1973Shakespeare Or BustPeter TersonDavid RoseBrian ParkerJanet SuzmanIncluded on the 'Play for Today Vol.1' BFI BluRay setFrom BBC Birmingham. Repeated 4 Apr 1974.
15 Jan 1973Land Of Green GingerAlan PlaterDavid RoseBrian ParkerGwen TaylorFrom BBC Birmingham. Repeated 24 Jan 1974 and on BBC4 26 Mar 2005.
22 Jan 1973Kisses At FiftyColin WellandGraeme McDonaldMichael AptedBill MaynardBAFTA Best Single Play. Repeated 20 Dec 1973 and on BBC2 11 Aug 1993.
29 Jan 1973Highway RobberyMichael O'Neill & Jeremy SeabrookGraeme McDonaldMichael AptedJohn CollinMissing.
5 Feb 1973Song At TwilightWillis HallIrene ShubikHerbert WiseColin BlakelyMissing.
12 Feb 1973Only Make BelieveDennis PotterGraeme McDonaldRobert KnightsKeith BarronRepeated 2 May 1974.
19 Feb 1973For Sylvia Or The Air ShowJohn Burrows & John HardingKenith TroddBarry DavisJohn BurrowsMissing.
26 Feb 1973The OperationRoger SmithKenith TroddRoy BattersbyGeorge Lazenby
5 Mar 1973Access To The ChildrenWilliam TrevorIrene ShubikPhilip SavilleJoss AcklandRepeated 9 May 1974.
12 Mar 1973Hard LabourMike LeighTony GarnettMike LeighLiz SmithIncluded on the 'Mike Leigh at the BBC' DVD setRepeated 30 May 1974, on BBC2 18 Aug 1993 and on BBC4 14 Jul 2008.
19 Mar 1973Man Above MenDavid HareMark ShivasAlan ClarkeGwen WatfordMissing.
26 Mar 1973Speech DayBarry HinesGraeme McDonaldJohn GoldschmidtDavid SmithRepeated 10 Jan 1974.
14 May 1973Steps BackDavid HalliwellDavid RoseBrian ParkerDavid Hill
4 Jun 1973Three's OnePenelope MortimerGraeme McDonaldAlastair ReidHywel BennettMissing.
11 Jun 1973Edward G - Like The FilmstarJohn Harvey-FlintGraeme McDonaldJames FermanRobert LangMissing.
18 Jun 1973Blooming YouthLeslie BlairTony GarnettLeslie BlairPhilip JacksonRepeated 16 May 1974.
25 Jun 1973The StretchJulia JonesGraeme McDonaldPeter DewsJune EllisMissing.
2 Jul 1973Making The PlayTerence Brady & Charlotte BinghamKenith TroddMichael HayesJames BolamMissing.
Season Four
18 Oct 1973Mrs. Palfrey at the ClaremontElizabeth TaylorGraeme McDonaldMichael Lindsay-HoggCelia JohnsonAdapted from the novel. BAFTA Best Actress (Celia Johnson). Repeated 20 Mar 1975.
25 Oct 1973Her Majesty's PleasureJimmy O'ConnorKenith TroddBarry DavisJohn Bindon
1 Nov 1973Jack PointColin WellandKenith TroddMichael AptedStephen MurrayRepeated 3 Apr 1975.
8 Nov 1973The Emergency ChannelJohn BowenGraeme McDonaldRobert KnightsRichard PascoeMissing.
15 Nov 1973Mummy And DaddyDouglas LivingstoneKenith TroddBarry DavisNeil WilsonIncomplete.
22 Nov 1973Private PracticePeter HankinMark ShivasPeter CregeenPriscilla MorganMissing.
29 Nov 1973ShutdownTony PerrinKenith TroddJohn MackenzieFreddie FletcherRepeated 19 Jun 1975.
6 Dec 1973Baby BluesNemone LethbridgeKenith TroddJames MacTaggartZena Walker
13 Dec 1973Jingle BellsArthur HopcraftGraeme McDonaldClaude WhathamColin FarrellMissing.
17 Jan 1974The Lonely Man's LoverBarry CollinsDavid RoseBrian ParkerJan FrancisFrom BBC Birmingham. Repeated 6 Feb 1975.
31 Jan 1974All Good MenTrevor GriffithsGraeme McDonaldMichael Lindsay-HoggBill Fraser
14 Feb 1974Joe's ArkDennis PotterGraeme McDonaldAlan BridgesFreddie JonesRepeated 19 Dec 1974, 7 Jul 1987, and on BBC4 30 Jan 2005.
21 Feb 1974Hot FatJack RosenthalGraeme McDonaldDerek BennettRichard O'CallaghanMissing.
7 Mar 1974Easy GoBrian Clark & Ronnie King, Cliff Norris, Peter French, Paul Stuart, Tony Ali, Paul Bishop, Deirdre Walsh, Janice ReevesGraeme McDonaldMichael TuchnerAlun ArmstrongPostponed from 7 Feb 1974.
14 Mar 1974HeadmasterJohn ChallenGraeme McDonaldAnthony PageFrank WindsorRepeated 12 Jun 1975. Spun off as a series in 1977.
21 Mar 1974Penda's FenDavid RudkinDavid RoseAlan ClarkeSpencer BanksBluRay and DVD by the BFI; also included in the 'Dissent & Disruption: Alan Clarke at the BBC' BluRay setFrom BBC Birmingham. Repeated 13 Feb 1975.
28 Mar 1974Pidgeon - Hawk Or Dove?Michael SadlerDavid RoseDavid RoseIain Cuthbertson
11 Apr 1974Three For The FancyPeter TersonDavid RoseMatthew RobinsonBrian GloverRepeated 28 Aug 1974.
6 Jun 1974The Cheviot, The Stag And The Black, Black OilJohn McGrathGraeme McDonaldJohn MackenzieCharles KearneyBluRay & DVD releases by Panamint CinemaAdapted from the stage play. Repeated 17 Apr 1975.
20 Jun 1974SchmoedipusDennis PotterKenith TroddBarry DavisAnna CropperRepeated 10 Apr 1975.
27 Jun 1974The Childhood FriendPiers Paul ReadGraeme McDonaldMike NewellAnthony Hopkins
4 Jul 1974A Follower For EmilyBrian ClarkGraeme McDonaldAlan ClarkeHerbert RamskillIncluded in the 'Dissent & Disruption: Alan Clarke at the BBC' BluRay set
Season Five
31 Oct 1974Leeds United!Colin WellandKenith TroddRoy BattersbyLynne PerrieDuration 115 minutes. Repeated 12 Aug 1976. Repeated on BBC Four 3 Nov 2020.
7 Nov 1974Baby LoveDavid EdgarKenith TroddBarry DavisPatti LoveAdapted from the play.
14 Nov 1974Back Of BeyondJulia JonesGraeme McDonaldDesmond DavisRachel RobertsIncluded on the 'Play for Today Vol.1' BFI BluRay setRepeated 5 Aug 1976.
21 Nov 1974The BevellersRoddy McMillanPharic MacLarenMoira ArmstrongRoddy McMillanFrom BBC Scotland
28 Nov 1974Taking LeaveJoyce NearyKenith TroddJohn MackenzieGeorge Sewell
5 Dec 1974FugitiveSean WalshKenith TroddPeter GillStephen Rea
12 Dec 1974EleanorWilliam TrevorIrene ShubikBarry DavisColin Douglas
9 Jan 1975GangstersPhilip MartinBarry HansonPhilip SavilleMaurice ColbourneIncluded on the 'Gangsters' DVD setFrom BBC Birmingham. Duration 110 minutes. Repeated 2 Sep 1976. Spun off as a series.
16 Jan 1975The After Dinner GameMalcolm Bradbury & Christopher BigsbyDavid RoseRobert KnightsTimothy WestFrom BBC Birmingham
23 Jan 1975BreathElaine FeinsteinDavid RoseMatthew RobinsonAngela PleasenceFrom BBC Birmingham
30 Jan 1975The Death Of A Young Young ManWilly RussellDavid RoseViktors RitelisGary BrownFrom BBC Birmingham
20 Feb 1975Sunset Across The BayAlan BennettInnes LloydStephen FrearsGabrielle DayeIncluded on the 'Alan Bennett at the BBC' DVD boxsetRepeated 19 Aug 1976 and on BBC2 26 Jul 1992.
27 Feb 1975Funny FarmRoy MintonMark ShivasAlan ClarkeTim PreeceIncluded in the 'Dissent & Disruption: Alan Clarke at the BBC' BluRay set
6 Mar 1975GoodbyeHugh WhitemoreKenith TroddGavin MillarJeremy KempFrom the novel by William Sansom.
13 Mar 1975Just Another SaturdayPeter McDougallGraeme McDonaldJohn MackenzieJohn MorrisonIncluded on 'The Peter McDougall Collection' DVD setWinner of the 1975 Italia Prize for Television Drama Programmes. Repeated on BBC2 7 Nov 1975, on BBC1 26 Aug 1976 and on BBC2 24 Aug 1977.
24 Apr 1975Child Of HopeJohn ElliotGraeme McDonaldGraham EvansLeon GluckmanBased on Joel Carlson's book No Neutral Ground.
1 May 1975The Saturday PartyBrian ClarkMark ShivasBarry DavisPeter BarkworthRepeated 25 April 1977, the day before its sequel, The Country Party.
8 May 1975Wednesday LoveArthur HopcraftGraeme McDonaldMichael AptedLois Daine
15 May 1975The Dandelion ClockWilson John HaireAnn ScottJohn BruceVerona O'HaraMissing.
22 May 1975BrassneckHoward Brenton & David HareGraeme McDonaldMike NewellJeremy KempAdapted from the play.
29 May 1975The FloaterPeter PrinceGraeme McDonaldBarry DavisRichard Beckinsale
Season Six
14 Oct 1975Plaintiffs and DefendantsSimon GrayKenith TroddMichael Lindsay-HoggAlan Bates
21 Oct 1975Two SundaysSimon GrayKenith TroddMichael Lindsay-HoggAlan BatesRepeated 1 Sep 1977.
28 Oct 1975MossBernard KopsIrene ShubikPhilip SavilleWarren Mitchell
4 Nov 197584, Charing Cross RoadHelene Hanff & Hugh WhitemoreMark ShivasMark CullinghamFrank FinlayAdapted from the book. Repeated 21 Jul 1977.
11 Nov 1975Keep An Eye On AlbertBrian GloverAnn ScottMichael TuchnerSusan Tracy
18 Nov 1975Children Of The SunMichael O'Neill & Jeremy SeabrookAnn ScottViktors RitelisGodfrey JamesMissing.
25 Nov 1975After The SoloJohn ChallenAnn ScottMoira ArmstrongLeonard Rossiter
2 Dec 1975Through The NightTrevor GriffithsAnn ScottMichael Lindsay-HoggAlison SteadmanRepeated 4 Aug 1977.
9 Dec 1975A Passage To EnglandLeon GriffithsKenith TroddJohn MackenzieColin WellandIncluded on the 'Play for Today Vol.1' BFI BluRay setRepeated 25 Aug 1977.
16 Dec 1975Rumpole Of The BaileyJohn MortimerIrene ShubikJohn GorrieLeo McKernDVD release by AcornRepeated 16 May 1993. Spun off as a long-running series on ITV (Thames Television).
6 Jan 1976The Other WomanWatson GouldDavid RoseMichael SimpsonJane LapotaireFrom BBC Birmingham
13 Jan 1976Nuts in MayMike LeighDavid RoseMike LeighRoger SlomanIncluded on the 'Mike Leigh at the BBC' DVD setFrom BBC Birmingham. Repeated 11 Aug 1977, on BBC2 5 Sep 1982 and 27 Dec 1993, and on BBC4 19 Apr 2009.
20 Jan 1976Doran's BoxEric ColtartDavid RoseMatthew RobinsonPeter EyreFrom BBC Birmingham. Exists only as a domestic video recording.
27 Jan 1976Packman's BarnAlick RoweDavid RoseChris MenaulJohn BarrettFrom BBC Birmingham
3 Feb 1976A Story To Frighten The ChildrenJohn HopkinsGraeme McDonaldHerbert WiseGeoffrey Palmer
10 Feb 1976The Happy Hunting GroundTom HadawayAnne HeadBrian ParkerNeil Phillips
17 Feb 1976Jumping Bean BagRobin ChapmanRosemary HillAlan CookeDavid Dixon
24 Feb 1976Clay, Smeddum And GreendenLewis Grassic Gibbon & Bill CraigPharic MacLarenMoira ArmstrongFulton MackayTrilogy by Lewis Grassic Gibbon, dramatised by Bill Craig; from BBC Scotland. Repeated 18 Aug 1977.
2 Mar 1976Love Letters On Blue PaperArnold WeskerGraeme McDonaldWaris HusseinPatrick Troughton
9 Mar 1976Willie RoughBill BrydenPharic MacLarenBob McIntoshJames GrantAdapted from the stage play.
16 Mar 1976Tiptoe Through The TulipsBeryl BainbridgeKenith TroddClaude WhathamRosemary Leach
23 Mar 1976The PeddlerE. A. WhiteheadGraeme McDonaldClaude WhathamJohn Hurt
30 Mar 1976Early StrugglesPeter PrinceGraeme McDonaldStephen FrearsPaul Nicholas
6 Apr 1976Double DareDennis PotterKenith TroddJohn MackenzieAlan DobieRepeated 28 Jul 1977, and on BBC4 6 Feb 2005.
Season Seven
14 Sep 1976Bar Mitzvah BoyJack RosenthalGraeme McDonaldMichael TuchnerJeremy SteynIncluded on the 'Jack Rosenthal at the BBC' DVD set.BAFTA Best Single Play and Best Writer awards, 1976. Repeated 6 May 1977, 28 Feb 1978 and 23 Jun 1997, and on BBC4 18 Jul 2004 and 17 Mar 2005.
21 Sep 1976Bet Your LifeLeslie BlairGraeme McDonaldLeslie BlairReginald Stewart
28 Sep 1976Rocky Marciano Is DeadBernard KopsGraeme McDonaldGraham EvansRon Moody
12 Oct 1976The Elephants' GraveyardPeter McDougallGraeme McDonaldJohn MackenzieBilly ConnollyIncluded on the Play for Today Vol.2 BFI BluRay set &

'The Peter McDougall Collection' DVD set

Repeated 25 Jul 1978.
19 Oct 1976Housewives' ChoiceRoy KendallKenith TroddChris ThomsonFrances de la Tour
26 Oct 1976Your Man From Six CountiesColin WellandKenith TroddBarry DavisDonal McCannIncluded on the 'Play for Today Vol.1' BFI BluRay set
2 Nov 1976BuffetRhys AdrianGraeme McDonaldMike NewellTony Britton
4 Jan 1977Love On A GunboatMalcolm BradburyDavid RoseRobert KnightsStephen MooreFrom BBC Birmingham
11 Jan 1977The Kiss Of DeathMike LeighDavid RoseMike LeighDavid ThrelfallIncluded on the 'Mike Leigh at the BBC' DVD setFrom BBC Birmingham
18 Jan 1977Our Flesh And BloodMike StottDavid RosePedr JamesBernard HillIncluded on the 'Play for Today Vol.1' BFI BluRay setFrom BBC Birmingham. Repeated 29 Aug 1978.
25 Jan 1977Do As I SayCharles WoodGraeme McDonaldBarry DavisAngela Down
15 Mar 1977Spend, Spend, Spend!Jack RosenthalGraeme McDonaldJohn GoldschmidtSusan LittlerIncluded on the 'Jack Rosenthal at the BBC' DVD setBased on the book by Vivian Nicholson and Stephen Smith. BAFTA Best Single Play. Repeated 1 Jun 1978.
22 Mar 1977A PhotographJohn BowenGraeme McDonaldJohn GlenisterJohn StrideIncluded on the 'Play for Today Vol.1' BFI BluRay set
12 Apr 1977GotchaBarrie KeeffeMargaret MathesonBarry DavisPhilip DavisIncluded on the Play for Today Vol.2 BFI BluRay setDouble Bill. Repeated 15 Aug 1978.
Campion's InterviewBrian ClarkJulian CurryIncluded on the Play for Today Vol.2 BFI BluRay set
19 Apr 1977A Choice Of EvilsJim AllenMargaret MathesonJane HowellStephen Murray
26 Apr 1977The Country PartyBrian ClarkMark ShivasBarry DavisPeter BarkworthSequel to The Saturday Party.
Season Eight
18 Oct 1977Stronger Than The SunStephen PoliakoffMargaret MathesonMichael AptedFrancesca AnnisRepeated 21 Feb 1978, and on BBC4 21 Jan 2003, 14 May 2003 and 5 Mar 2006.
25 Oct 1977Come The RevolutionRobin ChapmanRosemary HillMichael DarlowVivian Pickles
1 Nov 1977Abigail's PartyMike LeighMargaret MathesonMike LeighAlison SteadmanDVD release by BBC; also included on the 'Mike Leigh at the BBC' DVD setAdapted from the stage play. Repeated 7 Aug 1979, on BBC2 6 Sep 1982, 5 Jul 1992 and 1 Nov 1997, and on BBC4 26 Jun 2002, 11 Aug 2002, 28 Oct 2007 and 17 Dec 2007.
8 Nov 1977Oy Vay MariaMary O'MalleyMargaret MathesonRichard LoncraineCheryl Hall
15 Nov 1977NipperBarrie KeeffeMargaret MathesonBrian FarnhamCoral Atkins
22 Nov 1977One Day At A TimeDenis CannanInnes LloydRonald WilsonStephanie Cole
29 Nov 1977The Mayor's CharityHenry LivingsRichard BrokeMike NewellThora Hird
5 Dec 1977Catchpenny TwistStewart ParkerRobert KnightsSam DaleRepeated 21 Aug 1979.
13 Dec 1977CharadesAntonia FraserPharic MacLarenRoderick GrahamJennifer HilaryFrom BBC Scotland
20 Dec 1977The Thin End Of The WedgeSean McCarthyPharic MacLarenJohn BlackTom MarshallFrom BBC Scotland
3 Jan 1978Scully's New Year's EveAlan BleasdaleDavid RoseMichael SimpsonAndrew SchofieldFrom BBC Birmingham
10 Jan 1978Licking HitlerDavid HareDavid RoseDavid HareKate NelliganFrom BBC Birmingham. BAFTA Best Single Play. Repeated 31 Jul 1979.
17 Jan 1978Red ShiftAlan GarnerDavid RoseJohn MackenzieStephen PetcherBFI DVDFrom BBC Birmingham. Adapted from the novel.
24 Jan 1978The SpongersJim AllenTony GarnettRoland JofféChristine HargreavesIncluded on the Play for Today Vol.2 BFI BluRay setDuration 105 minutes. Prix Italia 1978, Golden Award and Best Script at Prague 1978. Repeated 6 Sep 1979, and on BBC2 25 Aug 1993 and 17 Jul 1999.
31 Jan 1978DestinyDavid EdgarMargaret MathesonMike NewellColin JeavonsAdapted from the play. Duration 105 minutes. Repeated 14 Aug 1979.
7 Feb 1978Our Day OutWilly RussellDavid RosePedr JamesAlun ArmstrongDVD release by Simply MediaFirst shown as a Play Of The Week on BBC2, 28 December 1977. Repeated on BBC2 26 Dec 1979, and in 3 instalments under Scene, 14, 21 & 28 Jan 1994.
14 Feb 1978The After Dinner JokeCaryl ChurchillMargaret MathesonColin BuckseyPaula Wilcox
18 Apr 1978Days Of Hope: 1916 - Joining UpJim AllenTony GarnettKen LoachPaul CopleyIncluded on the 'Ken Loach at the BBC' DVD boxsetFirst shown 11 September 1975.
25 Apr 1978Days Of Hope: 1921 - Every Pit In Britain Is IdleFirst shown 18 September 1975.
2 May 1978Days Of Hope: 1924 - A MiracleFirst shown 25 September 1975.
9 May 1978Days Of Hope: 1926 - General StrikeFirst shown 2 October 1975.
1 Aug 1978The Price Of Coal: Meet The PeopleBarry HinesTony GarnettKen LoachBobby KnuttIncluded on the 'Ken Loach at the BBC' DVD boxsetFirst shown 29 March 1977.
8 Aug 1978The Price Of Coal: Back To RealityFirst shown 5 April 1977.
22 Aug 1978The Legion Hall BombingCaryl ChurchillMargaret MathesonRoland JofféDavid Kelly
Season Nine
17 Oct 1978NinaJehane MarkhamMargaret MathesonAlan ClarkeJack ShepherdIncluded in the 'Dissent & Disruption: Alan Clarke at the BBC' BluRay set
24 Oct 1978Victims Of ApartheidTom ClarkeRichard EyreStuart BurgeJohn KaniIncluded on the Play for Today Vol.2 BFI BluRay set
31 Oct 1978A Touch Of The Tiny HackettsJohn Esmonde & Bob LarbeyJames Cellan JonesRay Brooks
7 Nov 1978Dinner At The Sporting ClubLeon GriffithsKenith TroddBrian GibsonJohn ThawDVD release by Simply Media
14 Nov 1978Donal And SallyJames DuthieAnne HeadBrian ParkerGerard KellyBest Direction, 1979 Prague International Television Festival. Repeated 8 Jul 1980.
21 Nov 1978Sorry…Václav Havel & Vera BlackwellInnes LloydClaude WhathamMichael CrawfordAdapted and translated by Vera Blackwell from the Vaněk plays Private View (a.k.a. Unveiling) and Audience. Repeated 6 Jan 1990.
28 Nov 1978Butterflies Don't CountWally K. DalyInnes LloydKenneth IvesFrank Mills
5 Dec 1978Soldiers Talking, CleanlyMike StottRichard EyreAlan DossorBob Mason
12 Dec 1978One Bummer News DayAndy McSmithRichard EyreMichael DarlowSimon Rouse
2 Jan 1979The Out Of Town BoysRon HutchinsonDavid RoseRobert KnightsJoe LynchFrom BBC Birmingham
9 Jan 1979VampiresDixie WilliamsTara PremJohn GoldschmidtPeter MoranFrom BBC Birmingham
16 Jan 1979The Chief MournerJohn ElliotDavid RoseDavid RoseRichard PascoFrom BBC Birmingham
23 Jan 1979Waterloo SunsetBarrie KeeffeRichard EyreQueenie WattsRepeated 5 Aug 1980.
30 Jan 1979Blue Remembered HillsDennis PotterKenith TroddBrian GibsonColin WellandIncluded on the 'Helen Mirren at the BBC' DVD setBAFTA Best Single Play and Best Director 1979. Repeated on BBC2 30 May 1980 and 6 Nov 1986.
5 Feb 1979Who's WhoMike LeighMargaret MathesonMike LeighSimon ChandlerIncluded on the 'Mike Leigh at the BBC' DVD setRepeated on BBC2 7 Sep 1982.
13 Feb 1979The Last Window CleanerRon HutchinsonKenith TroddBill CraskePatrick Magee
27 Feb 1979Ploughman's ShareDouglas DunnPharic MacLarenFiona CummingDuncan BrewsterFrom BBC Scotland
6 Mar 1979Degree Of UncertaintyAlma CullenPharic MacLarenPaul AnnettJennie LindenFrom BBC Scotland
13 Mar 1979LightTony PerrinRichard EyreJane HowellJim Norton
10 Apr 1979Coming OutJames Andrew HallKenith TroddCarol WisemanAnton RodgersRepeated on BBC2 13 Jun 1980.
24 Jul 1979Don't Be SillyRachel BillingtonInnes LloydKenneth IvesSusan FleetwoodRepeated 12 Aug 1980. Repeated on BBC Four 10 Nov 2020.
Season Ten
11 Oct 1979Long Distance InformationNeville SmithRichard EyreStephen FrearsNeville SmithRepeated on BBC2 4 Oct 1980.
18 Oct 1979Cries From A WatchtowerStephen LoweRichard EyreGiles FosterPaix Copley
25 Oct 1979ComediansTrevor GriffithsRichard EyreRichard EyreBill FraserAdapted from the stage play. Repeated 19 Aug 1980, and on BBC2 9 May 1993.
1 Nov 1979Even SolomonAndrew TaylorAnne HeadRoger BamfordPaul Henley
8 Nov 1979Just A Boys' GamePeter McDougallRichard EyreJohn MackenzieFrankie MillerIncluded on the Play for Today Vol.2 BFI BluRay set; 'The Peter McDougall Collection' DVD setRepeated 26 Aug 1980. Repeated on BBC Four 27 Oct 2020.
13 Nov 1979BillyG. F. NewmanKenith TroddCharles StewartJason PlenderleithRepeated 10 Nov 1981.
29 Nov 1979A Hole In BabylonJim Hawkins & Horace OvéGraham BensonHorace OvéT-Bone WilsonBased on events of the 1975 Spaghetti House siege. Repeated on BBC2 27 Jun 1992. Repeated on BBC Four 20 Oct 2020.
6 Dec 1979The Slab BoysJohn ByrnePharic MacLarenBob HirdGerard KellyDVD release by John Williams ProductionsAdapted from the play.
13 Dec 1979Katie: The Year Of A ChildIan Cullen & John NortonJohn NortonBarry DavisMargaret Kelly
20 Dec 1979The NetworkStephen FaganAnne HeadDerek ListerAnthony Bate
2 Jan 1980The Black StuffAlan BleasdaleDavid RoseJim GoddardBernard HillIncluded on the 'Boys from the Black Stuff' DVD setThe Black Stuff was commissioned and produced for the Play for Today strand in 1978, but not broadcast until 1980, as a one-off play on BBC2 (not billed as a Play for Today). However BBC sources today generally do refer to it as a Play for Today.
3 Jan 1980Chance Of A LifetimeRobert HolmanRichard EyreGiles FosterDavid DakerRepeated 3 Sep 1981.
10 Jan 1980Keep SmilingPaul JoyceDavid RosePaul JoyceStephen MooreFrom BBC Birmingham
17 Jan 1980Dreams Of LeavingDavid HareDavid RoseDavid HareBill NighyFrom BBC Birmingham
24 Jan 1980Thicker Than WaterBrian GloverTara PremAlan GrintColin DouglasFrom BBC Birmingham
31 Jan 1980Murder RapMichael HastingsRichard EyrePeter DuffellArthur LovegroveRepeated 13 Aug 1981.
7 Feb 1980Instant Enlightenment Including VATAndrew CarrInnes LloydJohn BruceSimon CallowPostponed from 22 Nov 1979.
14 Feb 1980No DefenceChris KewbankInnes LloydClive HallsIllona Linthwaite
21 Feb 1980That Crazy WomanDavid HopkinsJohn NortonBill CraskeZena Walker
28 Feb 1980A Gift From NessusWilliam McIlvanney & Bill CraigPharic MacLarenJames OrmerodKen HutchisonNovel by William McIlvanney, dramatised by Bill Craig; from BBC Scotland.
6 Mar 1980Kate, The Good NeighbourPeter RansleyRichard BrokeJohn BruceRachel KempsonRepeated 27 Aug 1981.
13 Mar 1980BusesGeoffrey CaseTerry ColesTim KingSebastian Abineri
20 Mar 1980Shadows on Our SkinJennifer Johnston & Derek MahonKenith TroddJim O'BrienMacRea ClarkeScreenplay by Derek Mahon from the novel by Jennifer Johnston. Repeated 20 Aug 1981.
27 Mar 1980LadiesCarol BunyanKenith TroddDurmuid LawrencePatsy Rowlands
3 Apr 1980The Vanishing ArmyRobert HollesInnes LloydRichard LoncraineBill PatersonFirst shown as a Play Of The Week on BBC2 29 Nov 1978, and repeated on BBC1 28 Aug 1979.
10 Apr 1980Not For The Likes Of UsGilly FraserW. Stephen GilbertTim KingPam St ClementFrom BBC Bristol
17 Apr 1980The ExecutionerLionel GoldsteinInnes LloydKenneth IvesPaul Rogers
24 Apr 1980The Imitation GameIan McEwanRichard EyreRichard EyreHarriet WalterDVD release by Simply MediaRepeated on BBC2 8 Sep 1981 and 12 May 1993.
14 May 1980A Walk In The ForestJeremy PaulCarol RobertsonJack GoldJohn AldertonRepeated on BBC2 6 Jul 1980.
24 Jun 1980On Giant's ShouldersMarjorie Wallace, Michael Robson, William Humble & Anthony SimmonsMark ShivasAnthony SimmonsJudi DenchBased on the book by Marjorie Wallace and Michael Robson, dramatised by William Humble and Anthony Simmons. First shown as a Play Of The Week on BBC2, 28 Mar 1979. Repeated on BBC2 4 Nov 1986.
1 Jul 1980Fearless FrankAndrew DaviesLouis MarksColin BuckseyLeonard RossiterFirst shown as a Play Of The Week on BBC2, 4 Oct 1978.
Season Eleven
21 Oct 1980PasmoreRichard Eyre & David StoreyAnn ScottRichard EyrePhilip JacksonScreenplay by Richard Eyre from the novel by David Storey. Repeated 10 Aug 1982.
28 Oct 1980C2H5OHDavid TurnerInnes LloydJames Cellan JonesDinsdale LandenTitle is the chemical formula for ethanol (alcohol).
4 Nov 1980The Adventures Of Frank: 1 - Everybody's Fiddling SomethingJohn McGrath, Mark Brown, Mike O'Neill & Si CoweRichard EyreJohn McGrathMick FordA musical play in two parts by John McGrath, with music by Mark Brown and additional songs by Mike O'Neill and Si Cowe.
11 Nov 1980The Adventures Of Frank: 2 - Seeds Of Ice
18 Nov 1980Minor ComplicationsPeter RansleyRichard BrokeMoira ArmstrongPaola DionisottiRepeated 3 Aug 1982.
2 Dec 1980JudeLesley BruceJune RobertsBill CraskeDorian Ford
9 Dec 1980The Flipside Of Dominick HideJeremy Paul & Alan GibsonChris CherryAlan GibsonPeter FirthDVD release by BBCRepeated 7 Dec 1982, and on BBC4 26 Feb 2006, 20 May 2006 and 26 Jul 2008.
16 Dec 1980Name For The DayColin Haydn EvansAnne HeadBill BainRichard O'Callaghan
23 Dec 1980JessieBryan ForbesNeil ZeigerBryan ForbesNanette NewmanRepeated 11 Dec 1982.
6 Jan 1981Beyond The PaleLes BlairJohn NortonLes BlairMichael Maynard
13 Jan 1981The Muscle MarketAlan BleasdaleMichael WearingAlan DossorPete PostlethwaiteFrom BBC Birmingham
20 Jan 1981A Brush With Mr. Porter On The Road To El DoradoDon HaworthMichael WearingBaz TaylorChristopher BenjaminFrom BBC Birmingham
3 Feb 1981The CauseDerek ListerTerry ColesBarry DavisJimmy Jewel
10 Feb 1981Beloved EnemyDavid Leland & Charles LevinsonKeith WilliamsAlan ClarkeGraham CrowdenIncluded in the 'Dissent & Disruption: Alan Clarke at the BBC' BluRay setDerived from the book Vodka Cola by Charles Levinson.
17 Feb 1981The Kamikaze Ground Staff Reunion DinnerStewart ParkerNeil ZeigerBaz TaylorPeter Sallis
24 Feb 1981The UnionTony PerrinInnes LloydRonald WilsonIan Hogg
3 Mar 1981SorryCarol BunyanJohn NortonAlistair ClarkNicholas BallRepeated 17 Aug 1982.
10 Mar 1981Shai Mala Khani
The Garland
H. O. Nazareth & Horace OvéPeter AnsorgeHorace OvéTariq YunusFrom BBC Birmingham
17 Mar 1981The Sin BinTony ParkerJune RobertsJohn GorrieKenneth Cranham
24 Mar 1981Before Water LiliesRobert MarshallChris CherryAlan CharlesworthColin Bruce
31 Mar 1981Bavarian NightAndrew DaviesLouis MarksJack GoldGawn Grainger
7 Apr 1981The Good Time GirlsAlan ClewsPharic MacLarenGareth DaviesAnne KristenFrom BBC Scotland. Repeated 27 Jul 1982.
21 Apr 1981Baby TalkNigel WilliamsAnne HeadDerek ListerSusan Littler
28 Apr 1981A Turn For The WorseJohn BillJohn NortonBill HaysBernard Hill
12 May 1981Psy-WarriorsDavid LelandJune RobertsAlan ClarkeRosalind AyresIncluded in the 'Dissent & Disruption: Alan Clarke at the BBC' BluRay setAdapted from the play.
Season Twelve
20 Oct 1981CountryTrevor GriffithsAnn ScottRichard EyreLeo McKernRepeated on BBC2 26 May 1993. Repeated on BBC Four 12 Oct 2020.
27 Oct 1981London Is DrowningGraham WilliamsChris CherryMartyn FriendDavid Neal
3 Nov 1981A Room For The WinterRose TremainJune RobertsJim GoddardJack Shepherd
17 Nov 1981No Visible ScarRosemary DaviesInnes LloydMoira ArmstrongBarbara Flynn
24 Nov 1981Iris In The Traffic, Ruby In The RainStewart ParkerJune RobertsJohn BruceFrances TomeltyRepeated on BBC2 15 Feb 1989.
1 Dec 1981ProtestVáclav Havel & Vera BlackwellInnes LloydAlistair ClarkNigel HawthorneTranslated and adapted by Vera Blackwell from the play.
8 Dec 1981United KingdomJim AllenKenith TroddRoland JofféColin Welland
15 Dec 1981P.Q. 17Roger Milner & Captain Jack BroomeInnes LloydFrank CoxRichard BriersFrom the book Convoy Is To Scatter by Captain Jack Broome.
22 Dec 1981The FactoryDavid HopkinsInnes LloydGerald BlakeLeonard Rossiter
5 Jan 1982England's Greens And Peasant LandRita MayJohn NortonJim HillRon Delta
12 Jan 1982A Cotswold DeathTony BicatMichael WearingTony BicatTony Richardson
19 Jan 1982Under the SkinJaney PregerPeter AnsorgeTony SmithJacqueline Tong
26 Jan 1982CommitmentsDusty HughesAnn ScottRichard WilsonKevin McNallyAdapted from the play. Exists only as a domestic video recording.
2 Feb 1982Life After DeathRachel BillingtonInnes LloydAnthony SimmonsDorothy Tutin
9 Feb 1982The Silly SeasonStephen MulrinePharic MacLarenAlex MarshallDerek AndersFrom BBC Scotland
16 Feb 1982Too Late To Talk To BillyJ. Graham ReidNeil Zeiger and Chris ParrPaul SeedJames EllisFirst of the Billy trilogy. Repeated 3 May 1983.
23 Feb 1982Willie's Last StandJim AllenAlan SeymourBrian ParkerPaul Freeman
9 Mar 1982TishooBrian ThompsonJohn NortonGerald BlakePaul Daneman
16 Mar 1982Home, Sweet HomeMike LeighLouis MarksMike LeighTimothy SpallIncluded on the 'Mike Leigh at the BBC' DVD set
23 Mar 1982A Sudden WrenchPaula MilneAlan ShallcrossJon AmielRosemary MartinRepeated on BBC2 18 Mar 1983.
30 Mar 1982Eve Set The Balls Of Corruption RollingMarcella EvaristiBob McIntoshDavid MaloneyDebbie WheelerFrom BBC Scotland. Pye Award for Best Writer New to Television, 1982
6 Apr 1982Whistling WallyWally K. DalyInnes LloydGerald BlakeKenneth Farrington
Season Thirteen
19 Oct 1982Soft TargetsStephen PoliakoffKenith TroddCharles SturridgeHelen MirrenIncluded on the 'Helen Mirren at the BBC' DVD setRepeated on BBC4 25 Jan 2003.
26 Oct 19823 Minute HeroesLeslie StewartColin RogersMichael CustancePhilip FreemanFrom BBC Birmingham
2 Nov 1982The Remainder ManPhilip MartinAnn ScottRichard WilsonSheila Hancock
9 Nov 1982Intensive CareAlan BennettInnes LloydGavin MillarAlan BennettRepeated on BBC2 9 Aug 1992.
16 Nov 1982A Mother Like HimFrances GalleymoreAlan ShallcrossBaz TaylorPerry Fenwick
23 Nov 1982John DavidPaula MilneBrenda ReidRodney BennettGwen Watford
30 Nov 1982AliensAlan ClewsBob McIntoshDavid MaloneyAnthony HigginsFrom BBC Scotland
14 Dec 1982Another Flip For DominickJeremy Paul & Alan GibsonChris CherryAlan GibsonPeter FirthBBC DVD releaseRepeated on BBC4 27 May 2006 and 2 Aug 2008.
1 Mar 1983Last LoveReg GadneyAlan ShallcrossNicholas RentonElizabeth Sellars
8 Mar 1983Gates Of GoldMaurice LeitchChris ParrJon AmielPeter Bayliss
15 Mar 1983Wayne And AlbertDavid HopkinsAlan ShallcrossSarah Pia AndersonArthur English
29 Mar 1983AtlantisPeter TersonColin RogersLes ChatfieldFrank MiddlemassFrom BBC Birmingham
5 Apr 1983The Last TermRaymond HitchcockRosemary HillPhilip Bonham-CarterChristopher Villiers
12 Apr 1983Reluctant ChickensDavid CreganRoger GregoryGareth DaviesPatrick TroughtonFrom BBC Birmingham
19 Apr 1983Shall I Be Mother?Peter RansleyAnne HeadRonald WilsonEva Griffith
26 Apr 1983The Falklands FactorDon ShawLouis MarksColin BuckseyDonald Pleasence
10 May 1983A Matter Of Choice For BillyGraham ReidNeil ZeigerPaul SeedKenneth BranaghSecond of the Billy trilogy.
Season Fourteen
14 Feb 1984Young ShouldersJohn Wain & Robert SmithBernard KrichefskiSilvio NarizzanoDavid HorovitchScreenplay by Robert Smith and John Wain of the novel.
21 Feb 1984A Coming To Terms For BillyGraham ReidChris ParrPaul SeedKenneth BranaghThird of the Billy trilogy. From BBC Northern Ireland.
28 Feb 1984Z For ZachariahAnthony GarnerNeil ZeigerAnthony GarnerAnthony AndrewsAdapted from the novel. Duration 120 minutes.
6 Mar 1984Moving On The EdgeRose TremainRosemary HillAnthony GarnerEleanor Bron
13 Mar 1984Desert Of LiesHoward BrentonMichael WearingPiers HaggardCherie Lunghi
20 Mar 1984Hard FeelingsDoug LucieMichael WearingMichael BradwellFrances BarberAdapted from the play.
27 Mar 1984Under The HammerStephen FaganMichael WearingRichard WilsonPeter Vaughan
3 Apr 1984KingBarrie KeeffeMichael WearingTony SmithThomas Baptiste
10 Apr 1984Rainy Day WomenDavid PirieMichael WearingBen BoltCharles DanceRepeated on BBC2 8 Sep 1990.
17 Jul 1984Dog EndsRichard HarrisAndrée MolyneuxCarol WisemanLeonard Rossiter
24 Jul 1984The Groundling And The KiteLeonard PrestonColin RogersPeter JefferiesJohn DuttineFrom BBC Birmingham
31 Jul 1984The CryDerek Mahon & Chris Menaul from a story by John MontagueChris ParrChris MenaulAdrian DunbarAdapted from a story by John Montague.
14 Aug 1984It Could Happen To AnybodyHugh McManusBob McIntoshLaurence MoodyAnn Scott-JonesFrom BBC Scotland
21 Aug 1984Only ChildrenJudy ForrestAlan ShallcrossMichael RolfeCharlotte Cornwell
28 Aug 1984The Amazing Miss Stella EstelleLeslie StewartRob WalkerJohn DavisElaine Lordan
Postponed broadcasts
25 Aug 1987Brimstone & TreacleDennis PotterKenith TroddBarry DavisDenholm ElliottBBC DVD releasePostponed from 6 April 1976. Repeated on BBC2 5 Sep 1998 and on BBC4 2 Jan 2005.
27 Jul 1991ScumRoy MintonMargaret MathesonAlan ClarkeRay WinstoneIncluded in the 'Dissent & Disruption: Alan Clarke at the BBC' BluRay setPostponed from 8 November 1977.
UnbroadcastPillionPaul CopleyRichard EyreKeith EvansRecorded in 1979 but never transmitted.