'The Wednesday Play'/'Play For Today' on DVD

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The second article from Illuminations about the documentary is about preparing, recording and editing the interviews. Ideally, one would hope that some of the full-length interviews could find a home as extras on any future BFI Play For Today DVD releases featuring the interviewees’ work. - https://www.illuminationsmedia.co.uk/ma ... nterviews/

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Details have now been announced of the 'Play for Today at 50' online anniversary event on the 14th and 15th of October. Booking now - all welcome - free registration: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/play-for ... 2011059363
Play for Today constitutes one of the most important series ever of British television drama. Beginning on BBC1 on Thursday 15 October 1970, it continued until 1984, running to over 300 individual plays and regularly commanding audiences of several millions. Launched as a successor to The Wednesday Play, the series won a reputation for social commitment, artistic experiment and contemporary relevance that attracted both critical acclaim and political controversy.

To mark the fiftieth anniversary of the series, Play for Today at 50 will bring together a mix of television professionals and scholars to discuss the history of the series, its cultural legacy and the individual plays that were produced. Participants will include the producers and directors Peter Ansorge, Richard Eyre, Piers Haggard, Margaret Matheson, Tara Prem and Ken Trodd as well as the writers and researchers Vicky Ball, John Cook, Katie Crosson, Simon Farquhar, John Hill, Eleni Liarou, Tom May, Jonny Murray and John Wyver.
The line-up for the BFI Southbank season in October and November has also now been announced - twelve plays over eight screenings. Only three of the plays in the season have been released on DVD/ Blu-Ray. It's a wide-ranging repertory, including some especially hard-to-see titles: https://whatson.bfi.org.uk/Online/defau ... ontext_id=

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The latest Forgotten Television Drama 'Play for Today at 50' post is about a play on the BFI collection: Jon Dear on A Photograph. Contains spoilers: https://forgottentelevisiondrama.wordpr ... hotograph/

Reading this made has me realise how rewarding it might be to watch John Bowen's plays together, interrelated works which present recurring preoccupations from a different perspective each time.

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This handy page details all of the autumn Play for Today activities - https://www.illuminationsmedia.co.uk/pl ... -years-on/ Two new things that we learn are that the Radio 4 feature is to be an edition of Archive on Four, produced by Just Radio and presented by Alison Steadman and that there's a 'BFI at Home' online discussion coming up on YouTube to tie in with the Blu-Ray and season.

So to recap, that's - BFI Blu-Ray collection, BFI Southbank season, BFI online discussion, BBC4 documentary, BBC4 repeats season, Radio 4 documentary, free online conference. We didn't get all of that for fifty years of The Wednesday Play!

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A previously unpublished 2000 interview by Lez Cooke, posted as part of the Forgotten Television Drama 'Play for Today at 50' series: Mike Leigh and Play for Today - https://forgottentelevisiondrama.wordpr ... for-today/

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David Edgar, Lisa Kerrigan, Jack Thorne and Ken Trodd on the 'BFI at Home' panel discussion for the Blu-ray and season. Convened by John Wyver: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5aDqm33 ... e=youtu.be

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The latest Forgotten Television Drama 'Play for Today at 50' blog post is Nipper by John Hill: https://forgottentelevisiondrama.wordpr ... ay-nipper/

A diary for all of the assorted fiftieth anniversary activities this month:

Streaming now: BFI at Home 'Play for Today at 50' discussion on YouTube.

Mon 12 Oct 21:00-22:30 Drama out of a Crisis: A Celebration of Play For Today documentary on BBC4 (followed by repeat of Country (1981))

Wed 14 Oct 18.30-20.00 Day one of 'Play for Today at 50' online symposium. Registration is free and all are welcome; further details and sign-up via Eventbrite here - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/play-for ... 2011059363

21:00 BBC4 repeat of Abigail’s Party (1977) followed by second screening of the Monday documentary.

Thu 15 Oct 9.30-17.30 Day two of 'Play for Today at 50' online symposium.

Sat 17 Oct 20.00 Archive on 4: Play for Today documentary on BBC Radio 4.

Tue 20 Oct 22.00 BBC4 repeat of A Hole In Babylon

Thu 22 Oct-Mon 30 Nov 'Play for Today at 50' season (of twelve plays over eight screenings) at BFI Southbank.

Mon 26 Oct Play for Today: Volume One Blu-Ray release.

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