ITV Play of the Week (TV Series 1955–1974)

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ITV Play of the Week (TV Series 1955–1974)

An anthology series from the U.K., from 1955 to 1974, producing about five hundred ninety-minute episodes from Granada Television.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
UK
IMDb  7.5 /10
Creators
Creator Lionel Harris
Creator Cyril Coke
Creator Rodney Ackland
Creator Hazel Adair
Information
Release Date1955-09-27
Runtime1h 30mins
GenreComedy, Drama
Content Rating
Awards
CompanyGranada Television
CountryUK
LanguageEnglish
Barry Clarke / ... 14 episodes, 1959-1967
Alfred Burke
Alfred Burke
Captain Bitterger / ... 13 episodes, 1956-1964
Clive Clarke / ... 13 episodes, 1958-1967
Esther Lawrence
Esther Lawrence
Ada / ... 13 episodes, 1957-1963
Garry Essendine / ... 12 episodes, 1955-1967
Charles Lloyd Pack
Charles Lloyd Pack
Bishop Proudie / ... 12 episodes, 1955-1961
Anthony Folland / ... 12 episodes, 1957-1965
Bishop of Buenos Aires / ... 12 episodes, 1956-1965
Absolon / ... 11 episodes, 1956-1966
Colonel Shepherd / ... 11 episodes, 1956-1967
Basil Henson
Basil Henson
Charles Bravo / ... 11 episodes, 1958-1967
Madeleine Christie
Madeleine Christie
Almoner / ... 11 episodes, 1957-1973
William Mervyn
William Mervyn
Dr. Stanhope / ... 11 episodes, 1956-1964
Alexei / ... 11 episodes, 1956-1966
Angustias / ... 11 episodes, 1958-1965
Ralph Michael
Ralph Michael
Albert / ... 10 episodes, 1958-1967
Captain Carvallo / ... 10 episodes, 1956-1967
Aunt Isabel / ... 10 episodes, 1956-1967
Arthur Stilton / ... 10 episodes, 1956-1962
Tony Quinn
Tony Quinn
Chief warder / ... 10 episodes, 1957-1964
Georgette, a countrywoman / ... 10 episodes, 1957-1964
Alfred / ... 10 episodes, 1962-1967
Attwater / ... 10 episodes, 1956-1964
Wensley Pithey
Wensley Pithey
Arnold Cutforth / ... 10 episodes, 1956-1967
Bancroft / ... 10 episodes, 1956-1965
Noel Hood
Noel Hood
Jane Williams / ... 10 episodes, 1956-1965
Chief Inspector Heat / ... 9 episodes, 1959-1966
Anna Petrovna / ... 9 episodes, 1956-1964
Masha / ... 9 episodes, 1956-1965
Cardinal of Budapest / ... 9 episodes, 1955-1966
Amanda Smith / ... 9 episodes, 1957-1967
Agnes / ... 9 episodes, 1955-1965
Dr. James Cresswell / ... 9 episodes, 1957-1966
Carl Bolton / ... 9 episodes, 1957-1964
Elizabeth Wiedman / ... 9 episodes, 1957-1967
Countess von Stainz / ... 9 episodes, 1957-1964
Jane Eccles
Jane Eccles
Lady Hackbridge / ... 9 episodes, 1958-1964
Admiral Horatio Nelson / ... 8 episodes, 1956-1966
Ursula Howells
Ursula Howells
Eva Ardsley / ... 8 episodes, 1956-1967
Constantine Chase / ... 8 episodes, 1956-1964
Demoyte / ... 8 episodes, 1956-1965
Arthur Robinson / ... 8 episodes, 1960-1966
Assunta / ... 8 episodes, 1957-1967
Bell / ... 8 episodes, 1957-1967
Victor Platt
Victor Platt
Charlie Wilson / ... 8 episodes, 1960-1967
Ernest O'Shea / ... 8 episodes, 1956-1966
Carl Bernard
Carl Bernard
Brother Anton / ... 8 episodes, 1956-1964
Charles Stewart Parnell / ... 8 episodes, 1957-1966
Dame Mildred / ... 8 episodes, 1956-1965
Jack Woolgar
Jack Woolgar
Arthur Simcock / ... 8 episodes, 1959-1967
Joe / ... 7 episodes, 1959-1966
Tom Criddle
Tom Criddle
Billing / ... 7 episodes, 1957-1967
Grace Bradshaw / ... 7 episodes, 1962-1967
Guy Pascoe / ... 7 episodes, 1956-1965
Elizabeth Hollis / ... 7 episodes, 1957-1963
Dandridge / ... 7 episodes, 1962-1966
Chiaretti / ... 7 episodes, 1959-1963
Alain, a countryman / ... 7 episodes, 1956-1963
Campbell Singer
Campbell Singer
Capt. Ridgway / ... 7 episodes, 1957-1964
Lloyd Pearson
Lloyd Pearson
Dr. Lloyd / ... 7 episodes, 1960-1965
Ben Hubbard / ... 7 episodes, 1957-1967
Alvin Hanker / ... 7 episodes, 1958-1965
Arthur Mounteney / ... 7 episodes, 1956-1966
Corporal / ... 7 episodes, 1963-1967
Captain Bean / ... 7 episodes, 1956-1967
John Tate
John Tate
Bludgeon / ... 7 episodes, 1961-1966
Dorothea Rundle
Dorothea Rundle
Isabelle's Mother / ... 7 episodes, 1957-1961
Jack Austin
Jack Austin
Club porter / ... 7 episodes, 1962-1967
Barbara Couper
Barbara Couper
Agnes / ... 7 episodes, 1956-1967
Hobbs / ... 7 episodes, 1956-1965
Charles / ... 7 episodes, 1956-1964
Dr. Gilbert Canning / ... 7 episodes, 1963-1967
Edgar Wreford
Edgar Wreford
Baron Rochnitz / ... 7 episodes, 1956-1961
Marian Spencer
Marian Spencer
Charlotte Bartlett / ... 7 episodes, 1958-1967
Connie Mercer / ... 7 episodes, 1958-1966
Hugh Latimer
Hugh Latimer
A Mysterious Wayfarer / ... 7 episodes, 1957-1964
Edward Higgins
Edward Higgins
Fleming / ... 7 episodes, 1960-1965
George Ghent
George Ghent
BTC Police Sergeant / ... 7 episodes, 1962-1967
Geoffrey Goldsmith
Geoffrey Goldsmith
Commercial traveller / ... 7 episodes, 1957-1960
Andy / ... 7 episodes, 1960-1967
Ronald Mayer
Ronald Mayer
Clerk of arraigns / ... 7 episodes, 1962-1967
Pauline Devaney
Pauline Devaney
Hazel Conway / ... 7 episodes, 1962-1966
Clarisse / ... 6 episodes, 1956-1964
Emma / ... 6 episodes, 1959-1967
Arthur Forrest / ... 6 episodes, 1958-1964
Reginald Marsh
Reginald Marsh
Albert Tufton / ... 6 episodes, 1957-1966
Gabriel Perry / ... 6 episodes, 1957-1965
Elizabeth Matthews / ... 6 episodes, 1959-1967
Countess Rostova / ... 6 episodes, 1957-1963
Adler / ... 6 episodes, 1957-1966
Eleanor Lavish / ... 6 episodes, 1956-1966
Noel Dyson
Noel Dyson
Ann / ... 6 episodes, 1959-1966
Barrage / ... 6 episodes, 1957-1966
Tony Bateman
Tony Bateman
Edward / ... 6 episodes, 1959-1965
Harriet Temple / ... 6 episodes, 1957-1966
Barbara Chilcott
Barbara Chilcott
Cassandra / ... 6 episodes, 1957-1960
Anne / ... 6 episodes, 1959-1966
Dixie Evens / ... 6 episodes, 1957-1966
Cardinal of Milan / ... 6 episodes, 1957-1966
Paul Daneman
Paul Daneman
Geoff / ... 6 episodes, 1956-1963
Edgar / ... 6 episodes, 1957-1967
Susan Maryott
Susan Maryott
Anna Bowers / ... 6 episodes, 1959-1965
William Fox
William Fox
Headmaster / ... 6 episodes, 1955-1967
Brian Smith
Brian Smith
Alan Mills / ... 6 episodes, 1955-1966
Anya Pavlikov / ... 6 episodes, 1959-1964
Alfred Sparrow / ... 6 episodes, 1957-1964
Catherine de Troyes / ... 6 episodes, 1958-1967
Ajax / ... 6 episodes, 1960-1967
Digger / ... 6 episodes, 1961-1966
Dean Forsythe / ... 6 episodes, 1958-1960
George Howe
George Howe
Dr. Newman / ... 6 episodes, 1958-1967
Jennifer Wilson
Jennifer Wilson
April / ... 6 episodes, 1956-1963
John Robinson
John Robinson
Dr. Stockmann / ... 6 episodes, 1956-1963
Aunt Helen / ... 6 episodes, 1956-1961
Alan Susman / ... 6 episodes, 1957-1966
Charles Castle / ... 6 episodes, 1958-1961
Dido Morgan / ... 6 episodes, 1959-1966
Katharine Blake
Katharine Blake
Beatrice Carbone / ... 6 episodes, 1961-1966
Jacqueline Ellis
Jacqueline Ellis
Alice Hoppner / ... 6 episodes, 1959-1963
Beatrice / ... 6 episodes, 1963-1965
Dr. Jim Bayliss / ... 6 episodes, 1956-1966
Count von Foehn / ... 6 episodes, 1956-1963
John Glyn-Jones
John Glyn-Jones
Dr Newton / ... 6 episodes, 1957-1965
Michael Wynne
Michael Wynne
2nd Soldier / ... 6 episodes, 1959-1966
Angela Forest / ... 6 episodes, 1959-1966
Alderman Hardacre / ... 6 episodes, 1957-1973
Brenda Dunrich
Brenda Dunrich
Flo Brennan / ... 6 episodes, 1957-1961
Adela / ... 6 episodes, 1957-1967
Adrian / ... 6 episodes, 1958-1960
Kevin Brennan
Kevin Brennan
Berkeley Ogden MP / ... 6 episodes, 1960-1967
Jeremy Longhurst
Jeremy Longhurst
Captain Gerald Leparc / ... 6 episodes, 1960-1965
Bill Walker / ... 6 episodes, 1961-1966
Babakina / ... 6 episodes, 1959-1966
Armidal / ... 6 episodes, 1962-1967
Aunt Alicia / ... 6 episodes, 1959-1966
Rex Boyd
Rex Boyd
Clerk of the Court / ... 6 episodes, 1959-1967
Daddy / ... 6 episodes, 1956-1965
Robert Perceval
Robert Perceval
Col Lewis Washington / ... 6 episodes, 1956-1959
Clive Marshall
Clive Marshall
1st Boy / ... 6 episodes, 1957-1967
Howell Davies
Howell Davies
Antonio / ... 6 episodes, 1957-1964
Mischa De La Motte
Mischa De La Motte
Doctor / ... 6 episodes, 1957-1961
Marie Hopps
Marie Hopps
Customer / ... 6 episodes, 1959-1966
Paul Williamson
Paul Williamson
Francis Arabin / ... 6 episodes, 1961-1966
Jo Rowbottom
Jo Rowbottom
Beryl Miller / ... 6 episodes, 1962-1966
Soldier / ... 6 episodes, 1962-1964
Harry Davis
Harry Davis
2nd Marcher / ... 6 episodes, 1964-1967

ITV Play of the Week

ITV Play of the Week is a 90-minute UK television anthology series produced by a variety of companies including Granada Television, Associated-Rediffusion, ATV and Anglia Television. From 1956 to 1966 approximately 500 episodes aired on ITV. The first production was Ten Minute Alibi, produced by Associated-Rediffusion on 14 May 1956 while the earliest to survive is There Was a Young Lady, transmitted on 23 July 1956 and was telerecorded (film recorded). The first production not to be transmitted live was Henrik Ibsen's The Wild Duck which was also film recorded. The first to be pre-recorded on videotape was Mary Broome, a Granada production broadcast on 3 September 1958. Subsequently, only one play was transmitted live, Associated-Rediffusion's Search Party on 26 July 1960. The recording of The Liberty Man, a Granada production broadcast on 1 October 1958, contains the original advertisements during the first commercial break. The Violent Years was networked from Anglia on its opening night, 27 October 1959, and exists at the University of East Anglia.

The series included You in Your Small Corner by Barry Reckord, first broadcast in June 1962, which was an early taboo breaking drama depicting lovers from white and black backgrounds kissing. This also survives.

Other productions included:

Among its directors were Tony Richardson, Peter Wood, Peter Brook, Vivian Matalon, and Desmond Davis.

Notable guest stars included Sean Connery, Michael Caine, Peter O'Toole, Laurence Olivier, Vivien Leigh, Maggie Smith, Julie Christie, Alan Bates, Judi Dench, Deborah Kerr, Paul Scofield, Laurence Harvey, Glenda Jackson, Susannah York, Leslie Caron, Richard Harris, Edith Evans, James Mason, Claire Bloom, David McCallum, Donald Sutherland, John Gielgud, Oliver Reed, Mel Ferrer, Diana Rigg, Marius Goring and Margaret Whiting.