01 March, 2006

BBC to bring back Play for Today

BBC to bring back Play for Today
Geoff White

The BBC's drama department is to revive the Play for Today concept of the 1960s and 1970s, commissioning six one-off plays from new writers for BBC1.

The Wednesday Play series ran from 1964 to 1970, succeeded by The Play For Today which ran until 1984. The strands became a launch pad for new writers and also aired some of the first television work by veteran writers such as Harold Pinter.

Classic works to come out of the strands include Mike Leigh’s Abigail’s Party and Nuts In May, Dennis Potter’s Cathy Come Home, and Alan Bleasdale’s The Black Stuff, from which Boys From The Black Stuff was created.

BBC drama commissioning controller Jane Tranter said the new project was in its early days and aimed to encourage a diverse range of voices. It is pegged for a 9pm slot on BBC1, and the first results are expected to be broadcast next year.

The decision follows the surprise success of The Afternoon Play, launched by former controller of daytime Alison Sharman and now in its fourth series.

Source: Broadcastnow.co.uk

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