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Anyone remember the BBC's 'PLAY FOR TODAY'?

Many classic short films appeared on this along with countless familiar British character actors and a lot of well known directors cut their teeth on these.


Any particular episodes spring to memory?


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Old 17th October 2014, 11:36 AM
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The alternate version of SCUM which is in the Blue Underground Alan Clarke boxset obviously springs to mind and had the Beeb having kittens!
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Being Scottish,these remain favourites and were repeated During the early 1990's.

JUST A BOYS GAME
JUST ANOTHER SATURDAY
THE ELEPHANT'S GRAVEYARD
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A fave of mine:

Penda's Fen (1974)



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Dennis Potter!!

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PLAY FOR TODAY is the kind of series we'll probably never see the likes of again - more's the pity.
It certainly delivered some brilliantly diverse dramas, including a few in the horror genre. PENDA'S FEN would make an ideal BFI release.
I don't know how many of the original transmissions still exist, but I would love a PLAY FOR TODAY boxset.

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Being Scottish,these remain favourites and were repeated During the early 1990's.

JUST A BOYS GAME
JUST ANOTHER SATURDAY
THE ELEPHANT'S GRAVEYARD
I guess this is the nearest we'll get at the moment. Cheers reaps, didn't realise this was available. On the 'to buy' list straight away!
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No probs Moj.

I'm SURE Down Among the Big Boys was screened as a play for today in the mid '90's,but then again I may be wrong.
May have been part of a Peter McDougall play.
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Interesting site here.....

PLAY FOR TODAY INTRODUCTION | British Television Drama
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The brilliant ROBIN REDBREAST was also originally shown as a PFT.

Anyone who hasn't bought this,should btw.
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Well worth a tenner of anyone's hard earned.


http://www.amazon.co.uk/Robin-Redbre...obin+redbreast
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