BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (TV Series 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  7.9 /10
Creators
Creator Rudolph Cartier
Creator Harold Clayton
Creator George Abbott
Creator Rodney Ackland
Information
Release Date1950-01-01
Runtime
GenreDrama
Content Rating
Awards
CompanyBritish Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
CountryUK
LanguageEnglish
Nicholas Whiteoak / ... 22 episodes, 1950-1956
Gardener / ... 20 episodes, 1950-1959
Benjamin Lassies / ... 20 episodes, 1950-1956
Basil Gilbert / ... 19 episodes, 1956-1959
Michael Brennan
Michael Brennan
Ajax / ... 19 episodes, 1950-1959
John Vere
John Vere
Menelaus / ... 17 episodes, 1950-1956
Carl Bernard
Carl Bernard
Richard Nicholson / ... 17 episodes, 1952-1959
Earl of Northumberland / ... 16 episodes, 1950-1957
Briggs / ... 16 episodes, 1956-1959
Beatrice Varley
Beatrice Varley
Alice Greenleaf / ... 15 episodes, 1950-1959
John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster / ... 15 episodes, 1950-1959
Victor Platt
Victor Platt
Blind timekeeper (ant) / ... 15 episodes, 1950-1958
King Richard II / ... 15 episodes, 1950-1957
George Skillan
George Skillan
Bishop of Carlisle / ... 14 episodes, 1950-1958
Howell Davies
Howell Davies
Goodbody / ... 14 episodes, 1951-1958
Alice Maitland / ... 14 episodes, 1950-1959
2nd Sentry / ... 14 episodes, 1951-1959
Padre / ... 14 episodes, 1952-1958
John Scott
John Scott
Luke Selway / ... 14 episodes, 1950-1959
Peter Mercier
Peter Mercier
Buddy Raymond / ... 14 episodes, 1956-1959
Leo Franklyn
Leo Franklyn
Chief. Det Insp. Sibley / ... 14 episodes, 1956-1959
Richard Bebb
Richard Bebb
Henry Percy, Hotspur / ... 13 episodes, 1950-1952
Duke / ... 13 episodes, 1951-1959
Emilia / ... 13 episodes, 1950-1958
Duke of Venice / ... 13 episodes, 1950-1954
George Hudson / ... 13 episodes, 1950-1959
Antoine Vanier / ... 13 episodes, 1951-1957
Bryan Coleman
Bryan Coleman
Lord Anthony Dewhurst / ... 13 episodes, 1950-1957
Meadows White
Meadows White
Host of the Garter Inn / ... 13 episodes, 1951-1959
A hawker of masks / ... 13 episodes, 1955-1958
Jacques / ... 12 episodes, 1950-1959
William Devlin
William Devlin
General / ... 12 episodes, 1952-1957
Robert Sansom
Robert Sansom
Antonio / ... 12 episodes, 1950-1958
Adeline Whiteoak / ... 12 episodes, 1950-1959
Horace Sequeira
Horace Sequeira
Earl of Salisbury / ... 12 episodes, 1950-1957
Hugh Munro
Hugh Munro
Groom to Richard / ... 12 episodes, 1950-1954
Andrew Cruickshank
Andrew Cruickshank
Anthony Brand / ... 12 episodes, 1951-1958
Joyce Heron
Joyce Heron
Alice Langdon / ... 12 episodes, 1950-1958
Mr. Page / ... 12 episodes, 1950-1957
Noel Hood
Noel Hood
Catherine Ivanovna / ... 12 episodes, 1951-1958
Colin Douglas
Colin Douglas
Captain Priestman / ... 12 episodes, 1951-1959
Buffie, Lady Boyd-Mulholland / ... 12 episodes, 1950-1958
Ursula Howells
Ursula Howells
Alison Baily / ... 11 episodes, 1950-1959
Maurice Colbourne
Maurice Colbourne
Earl of Salisbury / ... 11 episodes, 1951-1955
Antonio / ... 11 episodes, 1952-1959
Bert Taylor / ... 11 episodes, 1950-1959
Cecil Brock
Cecil Brock
Lord Berkeley / ... 11 episodes, 1950-1959
Anna Weissberg / ... 11 episodes, 1951-1959
William Mervyn
William Mervyn
Adrian Blenderbland / ... 11 episodes, 1950-1959
Beckett Bould
Beckett Bould
Aune / ... 11 episodes, 1950-1957
Evelyn Moore
Evelyn Moore
Lady Portaries / ... 11 episodes, 1950-1955
John Robinson
John Robinson
Dr. Larry Parker / ... 11 episodes, 1951-1959
Charles Bentham / ... 11 episodes, 1955-1958
Helen Shingler
Helen Shingler
Helen / ... 11 episodes, 1950-1957
Winifred Hill
Winifred Hill
A middle-aged lady / ... 11 episodes, 1951-1959
Charles Cameron
Charles Cameron
A Doctor / ... 11 episodes, 1953-1959
Anne Beale / ... 11 episodes, 1955-1959
Brian Moorehead
Brian Moorehead
Gregory / ... 11 episodes, 1952-1958
Diana Calderwood
Diana Calderwood
Audrey / ... 11 episodes, 1952-1959
Maurice Vaughan / ... 10 episodes, 1950-1959
Albert Landier / ... 10 episodes, 1952-1958
Duke of Surrey / ... 10 episodes, 1950-1958
Ross Robinson / ... 10 episodes, 1955-1957
Charles Cartwright / ... 10 episodes, 1950-1959
John Witty
John Witty
Herald to Mowbray / ... 10 episodes, 1950-1953
Isaac Mendoza / ... 10 episodes, 1953-1959
Alaric / ... 10 episodes, 1950-1958
Maureen Pryor
Maureen Pryor
Elizabeth Wheeler / ... 10 episodes, 1951-1958
Andre Van Gyseghem
Andre Van Gyseghem
Chancellor / ... 10 episodes, 1952-1959
Olaf Pooley
Olaf Pooley
Captain Lesgate / ... 10 episodes, 1950-1957
Amos Dory / ... 10 episodes, 1950-1957
Una Venning
Una Venning
Queen Elinor / ... 10 episodes, 1950-1956
Bolette / ... 10 episodes, 1953-1958
Banray / ... 10 episodes, 1951-1958
Gaylord Cavallaro
Gaylord Cavallaro
Ben / ... 10 episodes, 1951-1959
George Brander / ... 10 episodes, 1950-1959
Ben Hubbard / ... 10 episodes, 1951-1955
Dora Day / ... 10 episodes, 1956-1959
Alexis Milne
Alexis Milne
Housemaid / ... 10 episodes, 1950-1955
Clement McCallin
Clement McCallin
Henry Bolingbroke, Duke of Hereford / ... 9 episodes, 1950-1951
Chorus / ... 9 episodes, 1950-1957
John Fabian
John Fabian
Duke of Bedford / ... 9 episodes, 1951-1956
Challiss / ... 9 episodes, 1950-1958
Justice Shallow / ... 9 episodes, 1950-1959
Jane Wenham
Jane Wenham
Donna Louisa / ... 9 episodes, 1953-1956
Roderick Lovell
Roderick Lovell
Earl of Pembroke / ... 9 episodes, 1950-1957
Duchess of York / ... 9 episodes, 1950-1959
Brian Nissen
Brian Nissen
Duke of Aumerle / ... 9 episodes, 1950-1957
Pamela Alan
Pamela Alan
Phebe / ... 9 episodes, 1953-1959
John Gabriel
John Gabriel
A parasite / ... 9 episodes, 1950-1958
Peter Bathurst
Peter Bathurst
Flavius / ... 9 episodes, 1951-1959
Pistol / ... 9 episodes, 1950-1953
John Baker
John Baker
Alexander Court / ... 9 episodes, 1951-1957
Basil Appleby
Basil Appleby
David / ... 9 episodes, 1950-1956
Margot Van der Burgh
Margot Van der Burgh
Concierge / ... 9 episodes, 1953-1959
Harold Kasket
Harold Kasket
4th Plebeian / ... 9 episodes, 1951-1957
A Police Sergeant / ... 9 episodes, 1951-1958
Alban Blakelock
Alban Blakelock
Butler at Mrs. Dot's / ... 9 episodes, 1950-1954
Robin Bailey
Robin Bailey
Bilshan / ... 9 episodes, 1950-1956
Eric Lander
Eric Lander
Armand St. Just / ... 9 episodes, 1955-1958
Gratiano / ... 9 episodes, 1952-1957
Attorney General / ... 9 episodes, 1954-1957
Fanny Carby
Fanny Carby
Agnes / ... 9 episodes, 1952-1959
Paul Whitsun-Jones
Paul Whitsun-Jones
Papa Valbella / ... 9 episodes, 1953-1959
Gerald Lawson
Gerald Lawson
A gendarme / ... 9 episodes, 1951-1958
Jonathan Field
Jonathan Field
Baylis / ... 9 episodes, 1950-1956
Basil Lord
Basil Lord
A Sergeant of the Israeli Army / ... 9 episodes, 1952-1959
Cicely Paget-Bowman
Cicely Paget-Bowman
Kitty Brett / ... 9 episodes, 1952-1958
Garth Adams
Garth Adams
Policeman / ... 9 episodes, 1954-1959
Bart Allison
Bart Allison
Clerk of the Court 9 episodes, 1953-1957

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.