Play for Today (UK)
Play for Today was a British television anthology drama series, produced by the BBC and transmitted on BBC1 from 1970 to 1984. Over three hundred original plays, most between an hour and ninety minutes in length, were transmitted during the fourteen-year period the series aired, and it is by far the most famous programme of its type to have been screened on British TV.
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Series Fun Facts
- Originally scheduled for broadcast on 6 April 1976 as part of BBC1's Play For Today strand, but banned because it includes a rape scene. Eventually shown for the first time on 25 August 1987.
- The poem Martin recites when he first sees Patricia ("I will not fail to meet thee in that hollow vale ...") is "Exequy on His Wife" by Henry King, Bishop of Chichester.
- It was axed because the plays department of BBC Drama was closed down so it the money that was spent on plays could be spent on a new soap opera called Eastenders (1985).
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