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Play for Today is a British television anthology drama series, produced by the BBC and transmitted on BBC1 from 1970 to 1984. During the run, more than three hundred programmes, featuring original television plays, and adaptations of stage plays and novels, were transmitted. The individual episodes were between fifty and a hundred minutes in duration.

Series Cast

  1. Bernard Hill as Sullivan, Simon Simpson, Mick, Graham, Edward, Bernard Blincoe, and Eric

    Bernard Hill

    Sullivan, Simon Simpson, Mick, Graham and 3 more...

    7 Episodes

  2. Nigel Hawthorne as Major Lewis Rolfe

    Nigel Hawthorne

    Major Lewis Rolfe

    6 Episodes

  3. Liz Smith as Mrs. Mathews, Mrs. Pritchett, Mrs. Thornley, Mrs. Oxfam, Keith's Granny, and Elfie

    Liz Smith

    Mrs. Mathews, Mrs. Pritchett, Mrs. Thornley, Mrs. Oxfam and 2 more...

    6 Episodes

  4. Colin Douglas as

    Colin Douglas

    5 Episodes

  5. Malcolm Terris as Psychiatrist, in Psychiatric Hospital, Jennings, and Mr. Dowdeswell

    Malcolm Terris

    Psychiatrist, in Psychiatric Hospital, Jennings, Mr. Dowdeswell

    4 Episodes

  6. Graham Ashley as Mr. Hutton, Jim Platt, Barman, and Arthur

    Graham Ashley

    Mr. Hutton, Jim Platt, Barman, Arthur

    4 Episodes

  7. John Bird as Desmond Hughes, Lord North, Raymond, and Captain Wigmore

    John Bird

    Desmond Hughes, Lord North, Raymond, Captain Wigmore

    4 Episodes

  8. Pauline Quirke as

    Pauline Quirke

    3 Episodes

  9. Patsy Smart as

    Patsy Smart

    3 Episodes

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Last Season

Season 14

1983 • 16 Episodes

Season 14 of Play for Today premiered on October 25, 1983.

The Amazing Miss Stella Estelle

(14x16, August 28, 1984) Season Finale

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Play for Today
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Status Ended


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Type Scripted

Original Language English


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