BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (1950–1959)

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BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (TV Series 1950–1959)

Series of television plays performed live.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
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IMDb   8.1 /10
Creators
Creator Rudolph Cartier
Creator Harold Clayton
Creator George Abbott
Creator Rodney Ackland
Information
Release Date1949-12-31
Runtime
GenreDrama
Content Rating
Awards
CompanyBritish Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
CountryUK
LanguageEnglish
Nicholas Whiteoakas Nicholas Whiteoak…
Gardeneras Gardener…
Benjamin Lassiesas Benjamin Lassies…
Ajaxas Ajax…
Basil Gilbertas Basil Gilbert…
Menelausas Menelaus…
Richard Nicholsonas Richard Nicholson…
Patrick Barr
Patrick Barr
Earl of Northumberlandas Earl of Northumberland…
Briggsas Briggs…
Alice Greenleafas Alice Greenleaf…
Henry Oscar
Henry Oscar
John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancasteras John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster…
Blind timekeeper (ant)as Blind timekeeper (ant)…
King Richard IIas King Richard II…
George Skillan
George Skillan
Bishop of Carlisleas Bishop of Carlisle…
Howell Davies
Howell Davies
Goodbodyas Goodbody…
Jane Barrett
Jane Barrett
Alice Maitlandas Alice Maitland…
2nd Sentryas 2nd Sentry…
Padreas Padre…

Sunday Night Theatre

Sunday Night Theatre was a long-running series of televised live television plays screened by BBC Television from early 1950 until 1959.

The productions for the first five years or so of the run were re-staged live the following Thursday, partly because of technical limitations in this era, and the theatrical basis of early television drama. Some of the earliest collaborations between Rudolph Cartier and Nigel Neale were produced for this series, including Arrow to the Heart (1952, 1956) and Nineteen Eighty-Four (1954). The Sunday night drama slot was subsequently renamed The Sunday-Night Play which ran for four seasons between 1960 and 1963. ITV transmitted its own unrelated run of Sunday Night Theatre between 1969 and 1974.


Archive status

The overwhelming majority of the run (1950–1959) of 721 plays are missing from television archives; only 27 are believed to still exist as telerecordings. The Thursday 'repeat performance; of Nineteen Eighty-Four survives in this form. (See Wiping.)

Also among the surviving episodes are at least two from 1953, It Is Midnight, Dr. Schweitzer and The Lady from the Sea. A recording of the soundtrack of the production of Requiem for a Heavyweight broadcast in March 1957, which features Sean Connery in the lead role, was recovered in 2014.