Sue Upton in "Play for Today"?

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Sue Upton in "Play for Today"?

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I recently came across a press clipping from the Sunday Express of 31 Dec. 1978, which had a very nice picture of Sue, and a caption mentioning that she'd appeared in an episode of "Play for Today."

Unfortunately, the caption didn't mention which episode it was. Sue no longer remembers (it was many moons ago, after all) and the PFT websites I've seen aren't indexed down to the level of individual cast members. So I thought I'd throw the question over to my fellow archive-TV buffs at The Mausoleum Club: which episode was graced by Sue's presence?

Thanks in advance!

- Erik

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I think we might be in the territory of the malleability of "Play for Today" as a name. This forum's previously discussed a blurring of "Playhouse", "Play for Today" and stand-alone Radio Times billings which don't necessarily match up with which strand - if any - a play was originally commissioned for. In other words the strands could be quite porous, with a commission slipping between, say, "Centre Play", "Second City Firsts" or "Thirty Minute Theatre" by the time of transmission. Nor does it help that "Play for Today" has often been used as shorthand when referring to a play, simply because of the name recognition PfT had. An example is "The Black Stuff" which went out on BBC2 as a stand-alone but is often lumped in as a Play for Today (BBC1).

The simpler answer may be that she wasn't formally credited onscreen. IMDB notes two uncredited roles in other series during 1977 so this is quite possible.

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I've had an answer to my query, from Louise North of the BBC Written Archive:

"According to the contract, Sue Upton was a walk-on for Play For Today - Double Dare. This programme was originally broadcast on 6th April 1976."

Now, of course, I'd be interested to know if this episode is available on DVD anywhere. Moderators, please note that I am asking only for information.

- Erik

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That's interesting, soft porn actor and Derek Jacobi lookalike John Hammill had a cough and a spit in that too. I always wondered if that was coincidence or, considering the subject of the play, a very cheeky piece of casting.

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Ah, the great Louise North.

Double Dare was repeated on BBC Four in about 2004. There hasn't been a DVD release.

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You'd think there would be a collection of Dennis Potter's single plays...

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I've found out that Double Dare is now available to view at the BFI Mediatheque in London, and have added this info to Sue's official site.

- Erik

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