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The Reaper Man@Cult Labs 17th October 2014 11:33 AM

The BBC PLAY FOR TODAY thread
 
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?


Discuss here.:)


Play For Today intro - YouTube



Play for Today - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Reaper Man@Cult Labs 17th October 2014 11:36 AM

The alternate version of SCUM which is in the Blue Underground Alan Clarke boxset obviously springs to mind and had the Beeb having kittens!

The Reaper Man@Cult Labs 17th October 2014 11:41 AM

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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

bizarre_eye@Cult Labs 17th October 2014 12:07 PM

A fave of mine:

Penda's Fen (1974)

'Penda's Fen' directed by Alan Clarke & written by David Rudkin - YouTube

Reviewed here.

Demoncrat 17th October 2014 12:57 PM

Dennis Potter!!

Nuff said.;)

Mojo 17th October 2014 03:09 PM

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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Originally Posted by The Reaper Man@Cult Labs (Post 421718)
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!

The Reaper Man@Cult Labs 17th October 2014 04:36 PM

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.:confused:

The Reaper Man@Cult Labs 17th October 2014 04:38 PM

Interesting site here.....

PLAY FOR TODAY INTRODUCTION | British Television Drama

The Reaper Man@Cult Labs 17th October 2014 04:41 PM

The brilliant ROBIN REDBREAST was also originally shown as a PFT.:nod:

Anyone who hasn't bought this,should btw.

The Reaper Man@Cult Labs 17th October 2014 04:42 PM

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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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